We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Canterville Ghost, ch. 1, Court and Society Review (London, Feb. 23 and March 2, 1887).
The words, or similar ones, have often been attributed to George Bernard Shaw, though they are not to be found in Shaw's published writings. Bertrand Russell made a similar point in Saturday Evening Post, June 3, 1944: "It is a misfortune for Anglo- American friendship that the two countries are supposed to have a common language.")
Of one thing I can assure you with comparative certainty, whoever wins, Europe will be economically ruined. This war is America's great opportunity.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. J.W. Moorehouse in The Forty-Second Parallel, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937).
Spoken on the eve of the First World War.)