Quotations About / On:
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "The American Invasion," Court and Society Review (London, March 23, 1887).)
America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
(Walter Abish (b. 1931), Austrian-born U.S. author. "In So Many Words," In The Future Perfect (1975).)
Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.
(Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992), German-born U.S. film actress. "Sex," Marlene Dietrich's ABC (1962).)
America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub.
(C. Wright Mills (1916-1962), U.S. sociologist. The Power Elite, ch. 3 (1956).)
October 12, the Discovery. 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 and Those Extraordinary Twins, conclusion (1894).)
I'm tired and nervous and I'm in America. Here you don't know that you live.
(Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actress; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979).
Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, on August 20, 1927; two years earlier, Garbo had come to the United States to make movies.)
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).)
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).)
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro ... this is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. repr. In Styles of Radical Will (1969). "What's Happening in America (1966)," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Winter 1967).)
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).)