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Quotations About / On: AMERICA

  • 71.
    America is essentially a woman's country—why shouldn't the leading novelists be women?
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. repr. In The Best of Henry Miller, ed. Lawrence Durrell (1960). "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).)
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  • 72.
    I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
    (Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French social philosopher. Democracy in America, vol. 1, ch. 15 (1835).)
  • 73.
    The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, On America, p. 7, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982). On the value of education.)
  • 74.
    The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.
    (Anna Quindlen (b. 1953), U.S. author. New York Times, section 4, p. 17 (November 14, 1993).)
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  • 75.
    The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
    (Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 6 (1914).)
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  • 76.
    The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
    (Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), U.S. author, critic. repr. In On the Contrary (1961). "America the Beautiful," first published in Commentary (September 1947).)
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  • 77.
    I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.
    (Saul Bellow (b. 1915), U.S. author. BBC radio interview. Listener (London, May 22, 1969).)
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  • 78.
    What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.
    (Andy Warhol (1928-1987), U.S. Pop artist. From A to B and Back Again, ch. 6 (1975).)
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  • 79.
    I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
    (Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. writer, lecturer. quoted in Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, vol. 1, pt. 4, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1884), repr. (1972). reported to have been uttered at Emerson's table. Emerson wrote only this section: other sections of Memoirs are by William Henry Channing and James Freeman Clarke.)
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  • 80.
    Europe's the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Things," The Lovely Lady (1933).)
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