Quotations About / On: AMERICA

  • 41.
    America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. America (l. 1). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
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  • 42.
    America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. "America," Howl and Other Poems (1956). Last line.)
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  • 43.
    America is a young country with an old mentality.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Winds of Doctrine, ch. 6 (1913).)
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  • 44.
    America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. America (l. 55). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
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  • 45.
    That great America on the other side of the sphere, Australia.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 24, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
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  • 46.
    America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Problems, "How to Love America and Leave it at the Same Time," (1980).)
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  • 47.
    In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895) Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).)
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  • 48.
    In America and Europe the nomadism is of trade and curiosity.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 49.
    In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilisation.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lecture, July 10, 1883. "Personal Impressions of America.")
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  • 50.
    There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Hawthorne and His Mosses" (1850), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
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