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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
- Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) American
president, pictured right
(from the American
Declaration of Independence)
Americans love a winner.
- George Patton (1885-1945), American World War Two general,pictured right
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
(the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York, pictured right)
- Emma Lazarus (1849–87) American poet, pictured right above.
The chief business of the American people is business.
- Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933) American president , pictured right
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Franklin (1706-90), the American politician and inventor (pictured right)
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
- Walt Whitman 1819–92 American poet, pictured right (from the preface of his collection
of poems, Leaves of Grass)
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
- Francis Scott Key 1779–1843, American writer (pictured right) - from his poem and now
part of the American national anthem.
If you're born in America with a black skin, you're born in prison.
- Malcolm X 1925–65, African American civil rights leader, pictured right
Jackie Robinson (1919-72), African American baseball player (pictured right) also
Black America has asked so little, but if you can’t see the anger that comes from rejection, you are treading a
Our gadget-filled paradise suspended in a hell of international insecurity.
Niebuhr 1892–1971, American theologian, pictured right
We must be the great arsenal of democracy.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)
American president, pictured right
I like to be in America! O.K. by me in America! Ev'rything free in America For a small fee in America!
- Stephen Sondheim (1930- ), American songwriter, pictured right
(from his 1957 song America in the musical West Side Story)
Some sense of religious mission is part of being American.
- John Updike 1932-2009 American writer,pictured right
America is the only idealistic nation in the world
- Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) American president, pictured right.
America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!
- Israel Zangwill (1864–1926) English writer, pictured right
In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears - and that is
- Thomas Friedman (pictured right) in The World is Flat
The audacity of hope! In the end that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation.
- Barack Obama (1961- ) American president,
I look forward to a great future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint,
its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose,
- John F. Kennedy (1917-63), American
president, pictured right.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented
- Jimmy Carter (1924- ) , American president, pictured right
America is a tune. It must be sung together.
- Gerald Stanley Lee (1862-1944), American writer, pictured right
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men,
- Martin Luther King (1929-68), American
civil rights leader, pictured right.
There is room for everybody in America. Has he any particular talent or industry, he exerts it in order to
procure a livelihood, and it succeeds.
- Jean de Crèvecoeur (1713-1813), French-born American writer (pictured right) - from
Letters from an American Farmer, 1782.
The free institutions of the United States and the political rights enjoyed there provide a thousand continual
reminders to every citizen that he lives in society...that it is the duty as well as the interest of men to be
useful to their fellows.
- Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59), French writer (pictured right) -from Democracy in
What our country really needs most are those things which money cannot buy.
- William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962), American religious leader (pictured right).
Violence is as American as cherry pie.
- Stokely Carmichael (1941-98), Trinidadian-born American civil rights activist, pictured
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
- Thomas (Tom)
Paine (1737-1809), English philosopher (pictured right)
I am not a Virginian but an American.
- Patrick Henry (1736-99), American
politician (pictured right)
Kill my boss? Do I dare to live out the American dream?
- Homer Simpson, American cartoon
character (pictured right).
There are no second acts in American lives.
- Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ,pictured right, (from The Last Tycoon ,1941)
Where America leads, it leads because of innovation,
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter (pictured right) in
The Change Masters (1984)
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.
- Hubert Humphrey (1911-78), American politician, pictured right
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), American
president, pictured right.
The true strength of our nation comes not from the
might of our guns or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty,
opportunity and unyielding hope.
- Barack Obama (1961- ),the American
president (pictured right), on being elected in 2008:
The American system of rugged
Hoover 1874–1964 American president, pictured right
Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than
- Will Rogers (1879-1935), American writer and actor, pictured
England and America are two countries divided by a common
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish writer, pictured