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  If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  America is the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat.  
 -  Al Franken
  

  America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.  
 -  Alexander Graham Bell
  

  Un-American, adj. Wicked, intolerable, heathenish.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.  
 -  Amy Tan
  

  Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.  
 -  Andy Rooney
  

  It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.  
 -  Andy Warhol
  

  Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another check-out line.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat.  
 -  Babe Ruth
  

  There is not a Black America and a White American and Latino American and Asian America; there's the United States of America.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.  
 -  Benjamin Harrison
  

  We cannot afford in America to have any discontented classes, and if fair wages are paid for fair work we will have none.  
 -  Benjamin Harrison
  

  There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.  
 -  Bill Clinton
  

  An American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.  
 -  Bill Cosby
  

  Where else but in America could the women's liberation movement take off their bras, then go on TV to complain about their lack of support?  
 -  Bob Hope
  

  America is an idea, but it's an idea that brings with it some baggage, like power brings responsibility.  
 -  Bono
  

  I love America and I hate it. I'm torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.  
 -  Bono
  

  There's the country of America, which you have to defend, but there's also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it's an idea. An idea that's supposed to be contagious.  
 -  Bono
  

  This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.  
 -  Calvin Coolidge
  

  The chief business of the American people is business.  
 -  Calvin Coolidge
  

  Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don't have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There, I think, are the true Americans.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  We got so much food in America we're allergic to food. Allergic to food! Hungry people ain't allergic to shit. You think anyone in Rwanda's got a f***ing lactose intolerance?  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  Black people yelling 'racism!' White people yelling 'reverse racism!' Chinese people yelling sideways racism! And the Indians ain't yelling shit, 'cause they dead. So everybody bitching about how bad their people got it: Nobody got it worse than the American Indian. Everyone needs to calm the f**k down.  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  All you crazy white people 'I'm American!', all you did was come out of your mother's pussy on American soil. That's it! That's it! What, you think you're better than somebody from France 'cause you came out of a pussy in Detroit?  
 -  Chris Rock
  

  Chuck Norris is so American, he can eat tyranny and shit apple pie.  
 -  Chuck Norris jokes
  

  Americans would rather live next to a pervert heroin addict communist pornographer than a person with an unkempt lawn.  
 -  Dave Barry
  

  America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  Labour Day is a great American holiday that people celebrate by going out and buying products made in China.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it's time America was run like a business.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

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

  Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  The biggest threat to America today is not Communism. It's the turning of this country into a Fascist Theocracy and everything that's happened during the Reagan Administration has put us right down that pipe!  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also great literature.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  The most un-American thing you can say is, 'You can't say that.'  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  In America, anyone can become President. That's the problem.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in opposite directions.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts... Germany lost the Second World War. Fascism won it. Believe me, my friend.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  America has everything, why should they want us?  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  It's my honor to speak to you as the leader of your country. And the great thing about America is you don't have to listen unless you want to.  
 -  George W. Bush, to recently sworn-in immigrants, 2001
  

  The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  The American people want a dialogue between them and their president... and if we can't have that opportunity of talking with one another, seeing one another, shaking hands with one another, something has gone wrong in our society.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than six conferences per year - whereas the average American worker reads an average of less than one book and makes 319 times less income.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law... that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  The acts of stupidity through the ages did us a kind of unintentional favor - by driving so many different kinds of good people to our shores and merging them together as Americans.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it was built by all nations.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.  
 -  Hillary Clinton
  

  We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people.  
 -  Hillary Clinton to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan
  

  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
  

  Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.  
 -  Hubert H. Humphrey
  

  America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  The most un-American thing you can say is, 'You can't say that.'  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  In America, anyone can become President. That's the problem.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in opposite directions.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts... Germany lost the Second World War. Fascism won it. Believe me, my friend.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  America has everything, why should they want us?  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  It's my honor to speak to you as the leader of your country. And the great thing about America is you don't have to listen unless you want to.  
 -  George W. Bush, to recently sworn-in immigrants, 2001
  

  The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  The American people want a dialogue between them and their president... and if we can't have that opportunity of talking with one another, seeing one another, shaking hands with one another, something has gone wrong in our society.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than six conferences per year - whereas the average American worker reads an average of less than one book and makes 319 times less income.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law... that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  The acts of stupidity through the ages did us a kind of unintentional favor - by driving so many different kinds of good people to our shores and merging them together as Americans.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it was built by all nations.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.  
 -  Hillary Clinton
  

  We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people.  
 -  Hillary Clinton to Dennis Hastert on her health care plan
  

  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
  

  Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.  
 -  Jackie Mason
  

  Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you've met your New Year's resolution.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  The closest thing we have to royalty in America are the people that get to ride in those little carts through the airport. When cart people drive by we all scurry out of the way like worthless peasants.  
 -  Jerry Seinfeld
  

  America as we know it is not going to exist anymore. Over 7 trillion dollars, and probably more like 10 or 12 trillion dollars, on all these bailouts. And you know who's gonna pay for them? You, me, my little girls, everybody's children, everybody's grandchildren. It's outrageous!  
 -  Jim Rogers
  

  Succeeding in America is easy! That's why everyone wants to come here. People haven't plotted and schemed for the last 50 years saying, 'If I could just get to Poland, everything would be ok.'  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  America is unique because it offers you an economic ladder to climb. And here's what's exciting: It is the bottom of the ladder that is crowded, not the top.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.  
 -  Jimmy Carter
  

  The love of liberty is a common blood that flows in our American veins.  
 -  Jimmy Carter
  

  All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from want of honor or virtue, but from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.  
 -  John Adams
  

  And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick.  
 -  John Wayne
  

  The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.  
 -  Kurt Vonnegut
  

  I learned that the real spirit of America is a kind of pragmatic optimism: Everything will turn out well in the end, but only if you struggle and sacrifice to make it happen.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  When Americans come and ask me what service they can render, I tell them: If you dangle your millions before us, you will make beggars of us and demoralize us. But in one thing I do not mind being a beggar. I would beg of you your scientific talent. You can ask your engineers and agricultural experts to place their services at our disposal. They must not come to us as our lords and masters but as voluntary workers.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  We're not Americans, we're Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock - that rock landed on us.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The contempt for law and the contempt for the human consequences of lawbreaking go from the bottom to the top of American society.  
 -  Margaret Mead
  

  I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples, faraway peoples, so that Americans might better understand themselves.  
 -  Margaret Mead
  

  Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.  
 -  Margaret Thatcher
  

  Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.  
 -  Marlene Dietrich
  

  The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.  
 -  Norman Mailer, Petty Notes on Some Sex in America, 1966
  

  Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.  
 -  Norman Vincent Peale
  

  America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.  
 -  Otto von Bismarck
  

  If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.  
 -  Pearl S. Buck
  

  The junior high schools and high schools of America have forgotten to teach one of the most important courses of all - investing.  
 -  Peter Lynch
  

  Another term for preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  America is too great for small dreams.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  The best thing about being President is that it gets you out of American life. I don't know what the theory is behind this, but it is a fact. The first thing we do with a President is shunt him off to a siding where nothing American can ever happen to him.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  We take foreigners to be incomplete Americans - convinced that we must help and hasten their evolution.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  Americans must be the most contentious people in history. Far too busy to be religious, they have always felt that they sorely needed guidance.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.  
 -  Sir Peter Ustinov
  

  You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.  
 -  Stephen Hawking
  

  America is often referred to as the land of the free. But most people in this country are not really free. They are tied to debt and a treadmill existence in terms of earning a living.  
 -  Thomas J. Stanley
  

  Self-employed people make up less than 20 percent of the workers in America but account for two-thirds of the millionaires.  
 -  Thomas J. Stanley
  

  It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquered.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Tomorrow will be better as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  Laughter is America's most important export.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  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.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.  
 -  Will Durant
  

  The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  Parisian men make love all day and have no time to work. American men work all day and have no time for love.  
 -  Zsa Zsa Gabor