Body and soul, Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?
(June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. essay originally published in Evergreen Review (New York, Oct. 1969). Black Studies: Bringing Back The Person, Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989).)
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.)