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Quotations About / On: AMERICA

  • 1.
    I will keep America moving forward, always forward—for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand points of light.
    (George Bush (b. 1924), U.S. Republican politician, president. Acceptance speech, August 18, 1988, New Orleans, New York Times (August 19, 1988). The phrase "a thousand points of light," written for Bush by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, was used on various occasions during the 1988 presidential campaign. The words are not original, echoing similar phrases by Charles Dickens and Thomas Wolfe, among others. As president, Bush initiated a "Points of Light" reform program in June 1989.)
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  • 2.
    I believe in America. America's made my fortune.
    (Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939), U.S. director, screenwriter. Bonasera (Salvatore Corsitto), The Godfather, as he asks Don Corleone for vengeance (1972).)
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  • 3.
    America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.
    (Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), U.S. rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
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  • 4.
    Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Quoted in Memories of a Psycho-analyst, ch. 9, Ernest Jones (1959). "America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen," Freud said on another occasion, "but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success." (Ronald W. Clark, Freud: the Man and his Cause, pt. 3, ch. 12, 1980).)
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  • 5.
    America is addicted to wars of distraction.
    (Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. Times (London, April 22, 1991).)
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  • 6.
    Discussion in America means dissent.
    (James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "The Duchess and the Bugs," Lanterns and Lances (1961).)
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  • 7.
    Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
    (Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938), U.S. author. On Boxing (1987).)
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  • 8.
    It's time for America to get right.
    (Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Hay Mills (1993). Said on September 13, 1965, in a speech at a rally following a hearing before the United States House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Elections—at which she had also spoken.)
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  • 9.
    The business of America is business.
    (Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Jan. 17, 1925, to the Society of American Newspaper Editors.)
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  • 10.
    In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
    (Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (May 14, 1991).)
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