Sensational Quotes for Smart People


Quotes about America, Americans,

and Americanism 

  First Top-10 List of Sensational

Quotes about Americans

#1 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
- Henry James, American author

#2 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson, English author

#3 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

The 100 percent American is a 99 percent idiot.
- George Bernard Shaw

#4 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
- Alexis de Tocqueville, French philosopher

#5 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make a fortune out of what they do not know about economics.
- Luther Hodge

#6 of To-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

There isn't a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as "American."
- Mark Twain, American author

#7 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
- W. H. Auden, British-born American writer and critic  

#8 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America.
- Helen Rowland, American Journalist 

#9 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.
- Isadora Duncan, American ballet dancer and dancing expert

#10 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Americans

All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all.
- Carson McCullers, American author 

Second Top-Ten List of Sensational

Quotes about America and Americans

#1 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
- Jean Baudrillard, French seismologist

#2 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and they are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence.
- Elbert Hubbard

#3 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue. . . . There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week.
- Margot Asquith, British socialite

#4 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
- Eric Hoffer, American philosopher

#5 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it.
- D. H. Lawrence, British author

#6 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.
- Charles Dickens

#7 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

America is a mistake, a giant mistake!
- Sigmund Freud

#8 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind
- Norman Mailer, American writer

#9 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar, and use it up in two weeks.
- John Barrymore

#10 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about America and Americans

America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
- Laurence J. Peter

 More Sensational Quotes about Americans,

Americanism, and America for Smart People 

I don't believe the federal government should be involved in retirement. I think it's too important to leave it to the government.
-  Peter Schiff, who forecast the U.S. housing bust and the U.S. credit meltdown

Education has in America's whole history been the major hope for improving the individual and society.
- Gunnar Myrdal

It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation.
- Camille Paglia, American author and educator

The average American would travel in his car to the bathroom if the door was wide enough.
- Anon

If you're going to America, bring your own food.
- Fran Lebowitz, U.S. journalist, Fran Lebowitz's Travel Hints

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
- Mark Twain

America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.
Oscar Wilde

America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
- Henry Miller

No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author

The business of America is business.
- Calvin Coolidge, American Republican politician and president

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
- Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish playwright and author

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.
- John Gunther, American journalist

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
- James Baldwin, American author

In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
— Geoffrey Cottrell (writer)

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
- John Updike, U.S. Author

God bless the USA, so large,
So friendly, and so rich.
- W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet

In Boston they ask, "How much does he know?" In New York, "How much is he worth?" In Philadelphia, "Who were his parents?"
- Mark Twain

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
- Charlie Chaplin, British comic actor and filmmaker

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
- e. e. cummings, U.S. poet

Topographically the country is magnificent - and terrifying. Why terrifying? Because nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete. Nowhere have I encountered such a dull, monotonous fabric of life as here in America. Here boredom reaches its peak.
- Henry Miller, American author

The typical American youth is always ready to give those who are older than himself the full benefit of his inexperience.
- Unknown wise person

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
- Georges Clemenceau, French statesman

I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S.  poet and philosopher

America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.
- Woodrow Wilson, U.S. president

I feel most at home in the United States, not because it is intrinsically a more interesting country, but because no one really belongs there any more than I do. We are all there together in its wholly excellent vacuum.
- Wyndham Lewis, British author and painter

I don't see much future for the Americans . . . Everything about the behavior of American society reveals that it's half Judaized, and the other half negrified. How can one expect a State like that to hold together?
- Adolf Hitler, German dictator

Deep down, the U.S., with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
- Jean Baudrillard, French seismologist

This, then, is held to be the duty of the [American] man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community - the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.
- Andrew Carnegie (American industrialist and philanthropist who amassed a fortune in the steel industry and donated millions of dollars for the benefit of the public.)

America is a model of force and freedom & moderation - with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people.
- Lord Byron, English poet

That joke was lost on the foreigner - guides cannot master the subtleties of the American joke.
- Mark Twain

America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that's 5000 millimetres off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We're in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.
- Thomas McGuane, U.S. Author

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
- Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist

America is a young country with an old mentality.
- George Santayana, U.S. philosopher and poet

Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio- empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how- has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. . . . Here at home- within the family, so to speak- our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others.
- Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian

America does not concern itself now with Impressionism. We own no involved philosophy. The psyche of the land is to be found in its movement. It is to be felt as a dramatic force of energy and vitality. We move; we do not stand still. We have not yet arrived at the stock-taking stage.
- Martha Graham, U.S. dancer, choreographer. "The American Dance," in Modern Dance (ed. by Virginia Stewart, 1935).

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, Austrian-born U.S. author

America loves the representation of its heroes to be not just larger than life, but stupendously, awesomely bigger than anything else. If blue whales built statues to each other they'd be smaller then these.
- Simon Hoggart, British journalist.

The genius of American culture and its integrity comes from fidelity to the light. Plain as day, we say. Happy as the day is long. Early to bed, early to rise. American virtues are daylight virtues: honesty, integrity, plain speech. We say yes when we mean yes and no when we mean no, and all else comes from the evil one. America presumes innocence and even the right to happiness.
- Richard Rodriguez, American author

English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.
- Malcolm Bradbury, British author

Europe and the U.K. are yesterday's world. Tomorrow is in the United States.
- R. W. "Tiny" Rowland (b. 1917), British businessman

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
- James Baldwin, American author

True, there is government harassment, but there still is that relative freedom to fight. I can attack my government, try to organize to change it. That's more than I can do in Moscow, Peking, or Havana.
- Saul Alinsky

This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
- Elbert Hubbard

Don't get the idea that I'm one of those goddamn radicals.  Don't get the idea that I'm knocking the American system.
-Al Capone

I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
-John Wayne

Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character: it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.
- Theodore Roosevelt

We talk about the American Dream, and want to tell the world about the American Dream, but what is that Dream, in most cases, but the dream of material things? I sometimes think that the United States for this reason is the greatest failure the world has ever seen.
- Eugene O'Neill

We need some great statements about what America is about and what we can do about it. 
-Theodore M. Hesburgh

America is the best half-educated country in the world. 
- Nicholas Murray Butler

We don't know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it. 
- Will Rogers

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. 
- Georges Clemenceau

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans. 
- Reubin Askew

The old platitude must be repeated once again: the United States is the society with the least history prior to the age of progress.
- George P. Grant

America is the only country left where we teach languages so that no pupil can speak them.
- John Erskine

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
-Theodore Roosevelt

At the moment the United States is the most powerful, the most prosperous, and the most dangerous country in the world.
- Robert Maynard Hutchins

All Americans Should Be Texans.
- Bumper Sticker

The U. S. is the most dangerous and destructive power in the world.
- Anthony Lewis

Behold a republic gradually but surely becoming the supreme moral factor in disputes.
- William Jennings Bryan

You can make a killing as a playwright in America, but you can't make a living.
- Sherwood Anderson

I think we must save America from the missionary idea that you must get the whole world on to the American way of life. This is really a big world danger.
- Gunnar Myrdal

There is a malaise that exists in your land-what appears to many as the sudden and tragic disappearance of the American dream which, in some ways, has turned to nightmare. 
- J. J. Greene

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
- Woodrow Wilson

I believe that the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty's head will be dealt by this nation [the United States] in the ultimate failure of its example to the earth.. 
- Charles Dickens

[America is] still the best country for the common man - white or black . . . if he can't make it here he won't make it anywhere else.. 
- Eric Hoffer

I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damned good word with which to carry an election. 
- Warren G. Harding

Who was the first around the moon? An atheist Russian or Godfearing Americans? 
- Don Carpenter

You hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, "That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!" You never hear a real American talk like that.
- Frank Hague

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
- Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Rep. politician and president

We are now at the point where we must decide whether we are to honor the concept of a plural society which gains strength through diversity or whether we are to have bitter fragmentation that will result in perpetual tension and strife. 
- Justice Earl Warren

What the country needs are a few labor - making inventions.
- Arnold Glasow

If we let idiots like the Black Panthers survive under our form of government, maybe we'll have to change it. 
- Frank Rizzo

Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.
- Robert Frost

Americans: People who laugh at ... African witch doctors and spend 100 million dollars on fake reducing systems.
- Leonard Louis Levinson

America is a land where a citizen will cross the ocean to fight for democracy - and won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
- Bill Vaughan

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
- Adlai Stevenson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
-Thomas Jefferson  

Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in
every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way.
- Homer Simpson

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