Quotations About / On:
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).)
France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America."
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "What Every Woman Wonders," A Guide to Men (1922).)
Outside America I should hardly be believed if I told how simply, in my experience, Dover Street merged into the Back Bay.
(Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 20 (1912).
A Russian Jew who emigrated to the United States at age 15 and settled on Dover Street in the Boston slums, Antin attended prestigious Barnard College and made her way up into the social world represented by Boston's elite Back Bay neighborhood.)
In America they carry latch-keys, and walk about with young gentlemen as young gentlemen walk about with each other.
(Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Mr. Scarborough's Family, vol. 3, ch. xlvii, London, Chatto and Windus (1883).)
... here I am on board the Pacific, bound for America, having left home and all the world behind.
(Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress. Journal of a Residence in America, entry for August 1, 1832 (1835).)
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).)
You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in, That world is gone.
(Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 1 (1990).)
What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.
(Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), U.S. rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
(Anthony Sampson (b. 1926), British journalist, author. Anatomy of Britain Today, ch. 9 (1965).)