Quotations About / On: AMERICA

  • 71.
    If Columbus was the first to discover the islands, Americus Vespucius and Cabot, and the Puritans, and we their descendants, have discovered only the shores of America.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Ktaadn" (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 90, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 72.
    Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
  • 73.
    The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, act 1 (1893).)
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  • 74.
    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).)
  • 75.
    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).)
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  • 76.
    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).)
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  • 77.
    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).)
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  • 78.
    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).)
  • 79.
    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).)
  • 80.
    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.)
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