Quotations About / On: AMERICA
I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
(Michael Malone (b. 1942), U.S. author. Guardian (London, July 7, 1989).)
Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.
(James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The President and the Press," The Artillery of the Press (1966).)
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
(George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, May 7, 1990).)
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.)
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
(Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (May 14, 1991).)
The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.
(Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "Two Revolutions and Two States of Nature," pt. 2, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).)
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," conclusion, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
There are no institutions in America: there are only fashions.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).)
America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
(Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. America (l. 1). . .
Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
(Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. "America," Howl and Other Poems (1956).