OSCAR WILDE QUOTATIONS
CARL WILLIAM BROWN
The American struggle
for the vote was much more difficult than the English for the simple
reason that it was much more easy.
I started playing piano with a little band in high school. I was
terrible. I thought I had absolutely no talent. I couldn't keep
time. I only got into McGill, which was a
lousy music school, because they were taking American music students.
There was always a lot of American music in England until, obviously
when the Beatles came around, then there was a shift towards English
music, but before then American music
was the main thing.
I'm not a very good advertisement for the American school system.
But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish desire to
voice all the joys and sorrows, the hopes and ambitions, of the
American Negro, in classic musical form.
James Weldon Johnson
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music
derives its most distinctive character.
James Weldon Johnson
The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to
undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods,
tastes and aptitudes of youth.
What you could say, and what I do argue in the book, is that he
doesn't have as much concern for the lives of Iraqis as he does for
the lives of Americans, or even frozen
It has been said that on screen I personified the American woman.
My sentiments for the American cause, from the Stamp Act downward,
have never changed... I am still of opinion that it is the cause of
liberty and of human nature.
If we would have had the 262 at our disposal - even with all the
delays - if we could have had in '44, ah, let's say three hundred
operational, that day we could have stopped
the American daytime bombing offensive, that's for sure.
We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded
by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters.
This was a unique situation.
I'm still a member of the Empire! Although I sometimes feel like an
American with a British accent - you get contaminated after so long.
We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be
African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn't
have to be white, and the other one
doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick. We're way over that. And I
think it's happening in society, too.
I opposed No Child Left Behind, I opposed the Medicare prescription
drug bill, I opposed the Wall Street bailout. What the American
people are starting to see is that
Republican, Republicans on Capitol Hill get it and the Democrats,
from the White House to Capitol Hill, just don't get it.
I mean, the reality is unemployment today - over 14 million
Americans are unemployed. That's exactly what it was a year ago. I
mean, this - the American people know we can't
borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy.
More than anything else, let me be clear - we need to be willing to
fight for freedom, and free markets, and traditional moral values.
That's what the American people want to
see this movement and this party return to.
By requiring that any surplus in Social Security taxes be returned
to the American people in personal savings accounts, the plan
ensures that Social Security taxes will be
used for Social Security.
The American people know what's necessary to get this economy moving
again. It's fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and
across-the-board tax relief for working families,
small businesses and family farms.
All we're getting from the Democratic majority in Congress and from
this White House is more bailouts, more spending, more planned
stimulus, more deficits and debt, and the
American people have had it.
It is not for the State Department or even the Secretary of State to
say when and how the resources of the American people will be spent.
I never thought I'd live to see the day that an American
administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding
American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one
of the things that makes this country the great country that it is.
It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that
industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a
single wage to support a family.
That's the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial with
the American people. They were controversial with the people who
think for the American people.
The American people may not be the best-educated, but they're very
wise at heart.
I just want someone to explain to the American public why investing
in transportation in Iraq is so much more important than investing
in passenger rail right here in the
United States of America.
Once again, we see the Bush administration paying for its failed
policies by cutting funds to vital public services and jeopardizing
more American jobs.
If we are wondering why only 19 percent of the American people feel
that the Congress is in tune with their priorities, the cuts in
Amtrak is one blatant reason why.
I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol. It's at
the point now where it's old.
The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and
roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by
what politicians or airline
Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the canned,
frozen and processed product being dished up to the world as
American popular music today?
We are living in a time when American popular music is finally being
recognized as one of our most successful exports. The demand is huge.
I enjoy watching Fear Factor, Newlyweds and American Idol as far as
reality TV shows go.
American people are not evil. Given information, they will do the
right thing. But they're not given the information.
I don't think people have been able to deal with the fact that
African American filmmakers can make movies about life and
But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn't be able to do
what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are
imprisoned behind these bars; music's got
these bars and measures you know.
We are a people that have always celebrated other people's success
so long as we always had the opportunity to meet that success
ourselves. That is the American nature. That
is the American character. That is one of the things that makes us
different from the rest of the world. And I'm afraid we could lose
that or are on the verge of losing that.
The Hispanic community understands the American Dream and have not
forgotten what they were promised - that in the U.S., a free market
system, allows us all to succeed
economically, achieve stability and security for your family and
leave your children better off than yourselves.
And yet, there are still people in American politics who, for some
reason, cling to this belief that America is better off adopting the
economic policies of nations whose
people who immigrate here from there.
We can not continue to allow this over reliance on government to
replace the cornerstone institution that has made the American
Never has the political class or the mainstream media that covers
them been more out of touch with the American people than they are
Let's stop big government energy mandates like cap-and-trade, and
instead trust the American innovator to make us energy independent.
From tea parties to the election in Massachusetts, we are witnessing
the single greatest political pushback in American history.
When was the last time you heard news accounts of a boatload of
American refugees arrive on the shores of another country?
The No. 1 issue in the Hispanic American community is 'How do I
leave my children better off than myself?
We will either bring on another American century, or we are doomed
to witness America's decline.
The White House has a choice: They can change course, or they can
double down on a vision of government that the American people have
Things happen in American politics in the political center. If the
President will meet us in the center, there are things we can
I'm not an American but I have always had the outsiders' respect for
the American people and the American way.
The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot
talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black
hole of American politics.
We are currently working on new policies to protect and create
American jobs, particularly by improving education. We need more
information in order to find the best solutions
to this increasing concern for American families.
Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common
bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and
women who wear the uniform; and when
they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
In corn, I think I've found the key to the American food chain. If
you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the
carbon in it - and what we eat is mostly
carbon - comes from corn.
I did become American citizen in order to vote. I lived in this
country for a very long time and I finally reached the point where I
thought, I'm often sticking my neck out on
various issues as all human beings have a right to do.
Everything in our foreign and domestic policy is a question of issue
for the American people to vote on.
The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give
them some certainty. Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts.
And then let's give some more tax
breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American
people will have some confidence.
It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning to end could
be used as a primer on the American political system.
The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our
lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we're
redefining it now.
The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that
re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or
another, will serve Israel through its control over
the American administration.
What if the invasion forces will not leave our lands? What if the
U.S. forces and others stay in our beloved lands? What if their
companies and embassy headquarters will
continue to exist with the American flags hoisted on them? Will you
be silent? Will you overlook this?
Muqtada al Sadr
The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s and the Bel Air
of my childhood is that now the nannies are Latina instead of
British, and the cars European instead of
The American people depend on these federal employees to process,
investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration rights and
benefits in a timely and thorough manner.
No, I've always been impressed with the tremendous resilience of the
American economy. I think over the years, over the decades, it's
demonstrated this tremendous ability to
take severe body blows, if you will, and bounce back.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power
between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American
president would have been hanged.
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself
rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the
vesture of his adopted land.
Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be
as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is
the nature of man and the name of the
Products made in China are cheap through the exploitation of the
workforce. Every time we shop, we are driving the nail further into
the coffin of American manufacturing jobs.
Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know every little
dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very
mysterious, archetypal American heroes.
I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest
menace to our planet.
I shot this wonderful picture called American Saint a couple of
years ago, which is still looking for release.
It's American Alternative radio stations that bug me. We're
considered Alternative, but don't expect us to be played next to
Blink 182 and Offspring. We're hardly of that
The Democratic Party needs to look carefully at moving towards the
middle, where the American people are.
The threat of terrorism is not stronger than the will of the
I think we're the first generation to successfully integrate
For sure, the American people have access to more information now
than any other people who have ever lived on earth. And I think we
do a pretty good job of sorting out what's
If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any
qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let
him drop the word American from his
Henry Cabot Lodge
I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the
removal of a vice president and a president.
There have been, in recent years, many Asian American pioneers in
the public eye who've defied the condescendingly complimentary
'model minority' stereotype: actors like Lucy
Liu, artists like Maya Lin, moguls like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. They
are known, often admired.
So, if I were arrested or if I were killed, then after me the issues
that American fears about me wouldn't exist anymore - and I couldn't
tell you what those issues are.
Muqtada al Sadr
Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a
national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from
17 countries swore an oath and became
citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the
hundreds of people in the room.
Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to
understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a
photographing of that reality.
The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities
large and small have been willing to make, often before they were
past their teenage years, have secured our
nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world's bulwark of
Israeli interests are not necessarily in harmony with the American
Very often with an American movie, the end is very happy and you
just feel good when you go out. When you go to a French movie, it's
kind of like, oh!, and you can't go out;
you're stuck in your chair. It goes so deeply inside of the heart.
Is advertising moral? It is part and parcel of the American free
enterprise system... I challenge anybody to show any economic system
that has done as much for so many in so
short a time.
The Olympics are coming... and it's a big problem in American
politics, because the problem with holding the Olympics this fall is
that we're all going to be focused on the
Olympics, and it makes that window of opportunity for Gore to win
the election that much smaller.
If you're in America a lot, it's easy to get into playing American.
All of it, the sounds, the energies, all very different. But it's
really hard to do the accent. I tend to
try and stay in it all day, which is the only way I can manage it.
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no
The fact is if we do our job right, if we keep worrying not about
polls but about the jobs of the American people, about their health
care, about their ability to educate
their kids, stay in their homes and own their homes, send their kids
to college, the basic pillars of a middle-class life, if we keep
worrying about the future and building a
stronger future for this country, these things will take care of
To own the dominant, or only, newspaper in a mid-sized American city
was, for many decades, a kind of license to print money. In the
Internet age, however, no one has figured
out how to rescue the newspaper in the United States or abroad.
We can't forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students
gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional
right of peaceful protest. They gave up
their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary
was very emotional for us.
The phenomenon of home schooling is a wonderful example of the
American can-do attitude. Growing numbers of parents have become
disenchanted with government-run public
schools. Many parents have simply taken matters into their own
Obama has no power to change American policy because there are
people who specialize in drawing these policies, which have been and
still are hostile towards Islam.
Muqtada al Sadr
The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is
nothing new in American politics - just as inequality has been a
permanent part of our economic system. This
is true of virtually all political and economic systems.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give
writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
The American people elected us here to cut spending so we can create
an environment for jobs in America. The House has acted. We have
demonstrated that we want to see
spending, discretionary spending, brought down to levels of 2008.
We've seen no counteraction. We have seen no position that has been
expressed by the other side at all.
Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence,
American folk music with a beat.
We know that Medicare's going broke in seven years, but we need to
start over.That's what the American people want us to do.
So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many,
many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship,
and everyone was surprised! A little naive,
We are now in the Me Decade - seeing the upward roll of the third
great religious wave in American history.
If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed
with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do
not know which talk is the more
What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a
William Dean Howells
Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
William Dean Howells
What is being talked about now is the probability of the Sharon
government launching an attack against Lebanon to eliminate the
resistance of Hezbollah by using the American
war against Iraq. But, of course, in this case, we will certainly
fight with all our strength.
It's not the first time that I speak with American journalists. I've
had meetings with many different newspapers and stations, and I've
ha - never had a problem with meeting
with American journalists.
They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by
100,000 unattached American men.
James A. Michener
What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white
American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every
white man in this country, when he plants a
tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.
The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the
freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully
recognized and acknowledged by our people.
Eamon de Valera
I think the American people should express their preferences, and
we'll accept their choice.
I am trying to make my accent so it won't bother anyone, but I am
not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American
girl when I am from Colombia.
Remember the picture of the president in the classroom, being told
of the attack by chief of staff Andy Card? The American people
thought they were seeing a man suddenly
thrust into a grave challenge no one could have anticipated.
American society will never completely understand the true meaning
Bryant H. McGill
L.A. is my American city.
We're absolutely American and distinctly so, I think. That's part of
what people respond to outside of this country, part of the reason
that we're such a huge band outside of
the U.S., where we're not so popular now as we were 10 or 12 years
But we're very much an American band and that's that. I think that's
part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of
the reason people turned away from us
within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.
So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to
being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast
to being an American band and now we're
kind of an international phenomenon.
There was never a golden era of American radio as far as I can tell.
The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay
for my American Express bill.
I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel
that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema.
I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication
that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that
I have known, and some of my opinions,
whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an
Year by year we are learning that in this restless, strenuous
American life of ours vacations are essential.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be
asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very
glad to tell you my life if you want to hear
By ignoring a lot of American culture you can write more interesting
stories. Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is,
you'd be writing about a lot of people
sitting in front of television sets.
If there's an enduring theme in my work, it's probably the effects
of class on American life.
The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're
in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up
again, and we had some great years.
Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy
and proud to be painting it.
I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I
belong to the American resistance movement which fights against
American imperialism, just as the resistance
movement fought against Hitler.
In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class
leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and
propaganda to drive into American minds the
false notion that danger threatened them from the East.
Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in
every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to
the American people, they have
registered for peace.
I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for
peace, and that has since been underscored by the President of these
But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people.
The Korean war has always been an unpopular war among the American
How do you keep war accountable to the American people when war
becomes invisible and virtual?
President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN
to wage war, and I'm thinking, well, hell, he didn't need the
approval of the American voters to become
Let's be careful when we start comparing American to European
tolerance because there isn't necessarily a lot of European
The people like the American Legion Post that gave us a chance to
play. A place to play and a chance to play.
People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about
what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at
the switch. Consequently we are living
in the Age of Human Error.
The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys
eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between
taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
We're going to raise a lot of money for cancer awareness, give some
to the American Cancer Society and hopefully make a big difference.
LL Cool J
American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference
of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere
Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western
world known as the American mind.
I was very pleased you know, and I was afraid that I might stick
out, but I didn't. My happiest thing about that picture is that I
proved that American actors can speak as
well and also fit in with an ensemble like that.
I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct
it - and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if
given the chance, can do style as well as
anybody and speak as well as anybody.
And the reason I really appreciated this is because after the
picture came out, I was invited by the American Psychiatric
Association to give a lecture. I couldn't believe it!
I created the Women's Federation for World Peace in order to restore
all that woman originally lost. You American women don't need a man
in the position of grandfather,
parents, husband, elder or younger brother. You only need the true
Sun Myung Moon
The time has come when the whole world must be concerned about me.
From now on, American Christianity must follow me.
Sun Myung Moon
The true sovereign is not the American president nor the English
king, but the Lord of the Second Advent.
Sun Myung Moon
Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American
interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about
our differences on human rights and other issues
and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to
narrow these differences.
One of the many problems with the American left has been its image
as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull,
monochrome, righteous, and boring.
If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in,
there's something wrong with American politics.
I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don't consider myself Irish
Catholic: I consider myself me, an American.
Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of
software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for
all of our people. The American democratic
system was an early political version of Napster.
I'd rather do theater and British films than move to LA in hopes of
getting small roles in American films.
The thing about American politics, as I've learned, is there is no
The question really
is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American
business community. That is a much more difficult task than
understanding a statistical
I went to professional men's soccer games, the old North American
soccer league at that time, and I used to be a ticket holder with my
family and family friends. We would go
every weekend and I thought it was great, but I just thought of it
as recreation, as family fun.
There is a natural partnership between State and Commerce, and the
American business community to work together to educate the United
States about marketing overseas.
It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while
infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few
cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined
to think they never die.
We are African in origin and American in birth.
Timothy Thomas Fortune
My goal is to make as many films as possible about different aspects
of American life.
Being an American musician means being adventurous.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Trade can really be good for American workers and American
Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force
to an immovable object.
Laurence J. Peter
Today the American knight holds the commercial supremacy of the
Most of my life I was occupied with American television and American
food. My ethnicity was my choice. It still is.
My sense is that jurists from other nations around the world
understand that our court occupies a very special place in the
American system, and that the court is rather well
regarded in comparison, perhaps, to their own.
Sandra Day O'Connor
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less
I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where
he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech.
Ultimately, I was fired. When the script
was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
Francis Ford Coppola
It is the American way to reward ability.
I think as an American society, when we're paying too many taxes or
dealing with war, we don't want to see sad things at the movies.
To be seen and to be respected for my work and acknowledged as a
true American Latina... means a lot to me.
There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.
We are all representatives of the American people. We all do town
hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I've got to tell
you, the American people are engaged.
And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I
would respectfully submit you're not listening to them.
We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low
taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us
with unprecedented prosperity. And it
has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that
is purely American.
What a privilege it is to be an American!
Thomas Starr King
I don't understand American football at all. It looks like all-in
wrestling with crash helmets.
Throughout human history, the American Idea has done more to help
the poor than any other economic system ever designed.
The American public does not know poets exist.
And it was from Boston that one in every six American families began
their journey into the land of the free.
I don't think there is much American music.
And I have no doubt that the American people generally believe the
world is safer, and that we are safer, when we are stronger.
I prefer to remake flops. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of a
flop, and The Quiet American is a remake of a flop.
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but,
as Carl Sandburg once said to me... by newspapers and the Bible.
Van Wyck Brooks
Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in
American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz)
what Einstein is to physics.
If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they
will fall by the hands of the clergy.
Marquis de Lafayette
American power worldwide is at its historic zenith.
Democrat leaders are not only out of the American mainstream, but
are also out of the Democratic mainstream.
Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the
fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don't
sound professional; we sound like people
you would know.
We hear foreign accents on CNN. It's crazy, it's wild, who knows,
maybe they'll take you because you certainly don't fit in, in the
American spectrum of news.
American government was founded on a belief and a faith in God and
in doing what is right and just.
Ginny B. Waite
I'm definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by
American writers, there's no doubt about that.
Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the
American people can't afford to treat this new war against terrorism
like they did Vietnam.
Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take
years, and which can't happen without the total commitment and the
everyday involvement of the American
That's what supporting the troops is really all about - making sure
American grunts get the right stuff!
Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie.
It's important to every American that the law protect his or her
American Idol has taken over my whole life.
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which
seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman
As far as carrying the American banner, you just do what's right for
The rarest of all things in American life is charm. We spend
billions every year manufacturing fake charm that goes under the
heading of public relations. Without it, America
would be grim indeed.
I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all,
because kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond
and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.
Is the president purposefully using propaganda and hyperbole to
garner the American public for support?
We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made
safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property
rights that gave patent protection to our very
I am an American. I love this country.
The most distinguished hallmark of the American society is and
always has been change.
A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass
media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all
their leftist fantasies, have little
direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public
If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the
door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point
threw gasoline on the flames by
comparing angry American citizens to Nazis.
Our presence in Afghanistan is not worth the price of any more
American lives or treasure.
America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the
consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to
reach the American living standard.
I also got a chance to go to the American Museum in New York, which
helped my interest.
Robert T. Bakker
That's one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think
corporations have too much influence in American life and they do.
I played English football - soccer - instead of American football,
because we couldn't afford the equipment.
I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all
things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be
artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a
progressive religious experience.
I want to be a representative and be a role model for the Asian
I went to public schools, and while Gary was, like most American
cities, racially segregated, it was at least socially integrated - a
cross section of children from families
of all walks of life.
I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I
understand, at that time, any opposition between American and
Russian national interest.
For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of
thinking. But not in the American Communists.
The belief that the good in American society will finally win out...
I don't believe any more.
The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men
they live with.
The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the
apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the
American Revolution, from which little was
expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much
was expected, produced little.
Charles Caleb Colton
If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los
Angeles and New York are about the production of culture - not only
national culture but global culture.
It's pretty clear that over the last three months the economy has
paused. And it's also pretty clear the American people are still
demanding and asking the question, 'Where
are the jobs?' And the reason we don't have new jobs is because of
the job-killing agenda pursued by President Obama and his allies in
But make no mistake, the President will find in our new majority the
voice of the American people as they've expressed it tonight:
standing on principle, checking Washington's
power and leading the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more
Before the trip began we mapped out three primary goals: 1) to see
and meet with our American troops, and thank them for their bravery
and sacrifice; 2) to assess the security
situation in Iraq; and 3) to give our support to Iraq's national
Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith
with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are
listening and we are dead serious about
ending business as usual in Washington.
The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs to
Washington, 'Stop! Stop the spending, stop the job-killing policies.'
And yet, Democrats in Washington refuse to
listen to the American people.
The American people think the government in Washington is too big.
That it spends too much. And - and that it's totally out of control.
They want something done about it.
Mr. President, the buzz saw that your healthcare bill ran into wasn't
lobbyists and special interests it was tens of millions of
American's who were saying, 'Stop!'
Our manifesto, whatever it will be called, will come from the people
who are really in charge of this country, and that's the American
Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the
I am not for raising taxes on the American people in a soft economy.
We don't intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented.
Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area,
and the Appalachian of this area, but at
the same time, just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have
room for another exhibit.
Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school
I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities
explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining
how you sleep with your wife.
The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American
Rhythm and Blues.
I've never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them. That show
is one of Fox's biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to
pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon
Cowell's been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks.
I was a lawyer for 10 years - a short time, but it molded me into
who I am. My clients were little people fighting big corporations,
so it was a natural thing to not only
represent the little guy but also to pull for him - it's the
I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of
fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion.
Is the patience of the American people that long suffering? Is there
no outrage left in the country?
You know, I think what the American people want more than anything
else right now is someone who's just going to look them in the eye
and tell them the truth, even some truths
that they don't like. And - but they have to believe the person's
speaking from their heart and are authentic.
Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have
already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good
re-election strategy for President Obama,
but is a demoralizing message for America.
An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a
state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the
triumph of quantity over quality that the
world has yet seen.
If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive,
qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying.
I am currently talking to one of the studios about making American
Star as a TV series.
I write about the American dream: if you set your mind to do
something, you can do it. My fans know they're getting the real
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems
as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria
out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a
Gemini. I believe in that stuff.
One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that
everyone wants to be rich. That's the American ideal. Poor people
don't like talking about poverty because
even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor
people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don't like to
think of themselves as poor.
In 1998, I founded the American Center for Law and Justice, probably
the premier public interest law firm in America defending the rights
For those of us who have lived abroad and seen our nation in a
highly competitive 21st century, and kind of see where this world is
going - unless we are able to strengthen
our core, we're going to see the end of the American century. And
that is totally unacceptable.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
I respect the president. He and I have a difference of opinion on
how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us
wants the voters to answer is who will be
the better president, not who is the better American.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
If you can't define a winning exit strategy for the American people,
where we somehow come out ahead, then we're wasting our money, and
we're wasting our strategic resources.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
What is important is that you're honest with the American people.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the
desired results because nobody makes them do it.
Harold S. Geneen
What's going on in this country? Unions stand against those trends.
We've got to somehow insulate the robust American economy from this
global economy that seems to want to
devour our standard of living.
James P. Hoffa
American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are
words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't
justify each and every one of them.
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of
a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain
but to describe four hundred people
under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
If one of us, any of us, any American is traveling in a town
somewhere in America and a medical crisis hits them, for someone who
is diabetic or perhaps has heart disease or
some other problems, where do we get the records to determine what
I will never apologize for standing up for my fellow Teamsters and
all American workers.
James P. Hoffa
Homelessness is a part of our American system. There should be
nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not
sentenced to unnecessary suffering and
I'm very aware when I'm speaking to the English of how flat my
Mid-Atlantic American voice is.
Martin C. Smith
We are really living the American dream, to be a successful brand in
the States and in Europe and to steep ourselves in our heritage. But
we do it with a sense of humor. We
don't take ourselves too seriously in fashion.
It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role
in American consciousness, and in my own life.
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work,
drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.
I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if
more companies followed Wal-Mart's lead in providing opportunity and
savings to those who need it most,
more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream.
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of
humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They
are right. It is. It is the American Dream.
Possibly you are not aware of the fact that the largest sum given by
any contributor to the fund is but a trifle when compared with the
losses suffered by nearly all the firms
in the cotton trade during the disastrous years of the American war.
Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come
and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite
gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in
Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New
There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the
freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It
is the American Dream.
I like American women. They do things sexually Russian girls never
dream of doing - like showering.
We didn't do an American tour because it I know it wouldn't go down
Dee Dee Ramone
It's not an anti-sex trip. Like, we're taking sex, which is probably
another half of American entertainment, sex and violence, and we're
projecting it, and we're saying this
is the way everything is right now.
When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two
years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved
dance and fencing and speech classes and
history of theater, all that.
James Earl Jones
I remember the Curia said, that's up to the American bishops, not up
High school is such a shared experience in North American culture.
Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as we don't
accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car.
It's important to address young people in the reopening of New
Orleans. In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American
democracy and American glory.
I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work
hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky
is the limit to what you can build,
and what can happen to you and your family.
Sanford I. Weill
The Clinton tax increase - which was an increase in taxes primarily
on upper-income people - not only made the tax code more nearly
progressive, it preceded one of the most
productive economic periods in American life.
I've had a terrific life, from building one company to be the second
largest company in the securities industry and merging that into
American Express, and becoming president
of that company.
Sanford I. Weill
In spite of the polls, the fact is that American Muslims are very
happy and they thrive in this country.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower
epitomizes the natural American gentleman.
I presume that nobody will deny the positive aspects of the North
American cultural world. These are well known to all. But these
aspects do not make one forget the disastrous
effects of the industrial and commercial process of 'cultural
lamination' that the USA is perpetrating on the planet.
I don't think of myself as either American or Australian really, I'm
a true hybrid. It's a good thing for me because both of them are
really good countries.
I should think just about every young writer - which I was at the
time - would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird
fiction, he was at the top of the class.
To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal
calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.
I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as
American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to
become aware of how so much of my art and
architecture has a decidedly Eastern character.
It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the
I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We
didn't want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than I
would have felt comfortable with.
OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American,
young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition
in that sense hurt me.
It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long
we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the
U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a
day just to play music that is not American.
If it's not some daring, dangerous affair, it's just not
interesting, or so it seems. So, here you have two people - a famous
American iconic couple - who actually like each
other sexually, in marriage. Imagine.
The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced
into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no
standard of value whatever is intact.
When I'm writing for Esquire, my conscious thought is, I'm not
writing for American Scholar.
Our great American writers were all newspaper people.
Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France
again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology,
that he has actually done more than any
American President for Africa. But it's empirically so.
The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives
of innocent people. That's why I believe in the importance of
bearing witness, to become a voice for the
The family ties between hundreds of thousands of German families and
their American relatives led many to think that America would never
join a second war against Germany.
I am closer to a European viewpoint of the world than an American
one. My ethics and ideals are based on European concepts.
We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other European and
American agencies to establish a legal framework compatible with the
European Union and that is already an
advantage. We have seen the positive effects of this and our
parliament will continue to go this way.
The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the
American soldier. They should have criticized me.
Seeking fortunes in America led to Germany losing people, and the
American continent received many people whose contributions are
particularly clear in the agricultural and
Iraq is part of a legitimate American effort not to have democracy
everywhere but to have democracy somewhere.
I'm completely Americanized - I have an American accent, an American
wife - but a residue of me is foreign.
Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation,
perhaps in American history.
The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than
jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of
risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about
the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild
our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of
American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong
stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or
Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but
there isn't an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the
case simply because the English language
opens the whole world to the American cinema.
Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment to
the extent of something like 95 percent. As a result, audiences
turned away from the kinds of films that we
used to make.
In the first years after the systemic transition, our screens showed
American entertainment that had not been available before, or had
been available only sporadically.
The CIA could not face up to the American people and admit that its
former employees had conspired to assassinate the President; so from
the moment Kennedy's heart stopped
beating, the Agency attempted to sweep the whole conspiracy under
Bob Hope, like Mark Twain, had a sense of humor that was uniquely
American, and like Twain, we'll likely not see another like him.
Dick Van Dyke
One of the biggest things I understood in a program like that was
that it allowed more young African American scholars to do field
research in the Caribbean and in Africa than
had ever happened before in the history of the country and since.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an
effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American
tourists could walk through America, and in their
minds everything on the mall would be American.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher
among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and
Arkansas for the festival.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I
think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
J. B. Priestley
What I learned growing up on the farm was a The fact is for nearly
three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He's
been downgrading our standing in the
world. He's been downgrading our financial stability. He's been
downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better
future for our children. That's a fact.
This administration in Washington... clearly believes that
government is not only the answer to every need but it's the most
qualified to make essential decisions for every
American in every area. That mix of arrogance and audacity that
guides the Obama administration is an affront to every
This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly
believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but
it's the most qualified to make the most
central decisions for every American in every area.
Yes, I'm a patriotic person. For these people who disgrace the
American way and burn our flag and do all of these things... I say,
don't live here and disgrace my country. Go
live in the Middle East and see how you like it.
I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan, a
committed Republican and a proud American, united with you to
restoring our nation and revive the American
It is through states that the American people get the job done every
day, often in spite of a deeply flawed bureaucratic federal
The Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving
American,and a threat to every private sector job in this country.
Let's stop this American downward spiral.
Most illegals are without health insurance, and when these workers
need emergency healthcare, the American taxpayer gets stuck with the
Harvard Medical School, the University of South Florida and the
American Psychiatric Association have all conducted studies showing
that the earlier one begins gambling, the
more likely it is he or she will become an addicted, problem
That's why I'm very proud of being American. I'm proud to pay taxes.
I pay a lot of taxes, but it sure beats the alternative.
For 180 years, we voted in English. That is the true American
tradition, and this amendment is true to our heritage, not what has
existed unnaturally for the last 20 years.
Many American Muslims are peaceful and define jihad primarily as an
internal struggle to improve.
The American Dream is really money.
And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said,
'I think the challenge in Jordan - and, again, this is for the rest
of the Middle East - we need to define
what center is. And once we can define what center is to a
Jordanian, then we can decide what's left and what's right of that.
King Abdullah II
I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The
American Girl when I was 11.
A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an
American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it.
The thing is there have been American movies that are similar to
Solaris, like Alien had a lot of things that are similar, although
it's also got the horror element.
I'm an American first, and I think that's how most people are.
There's probably more in the American tradition than people give the
place credit for.
A couple of weeks is a long time in American politics.
I was into playing American music, especially the blues.
These days the American dream of home ownership has turned into a
nightmare for millions of families. They wake every day to the
reality of a horrible decline in the value of
the home that has meant so much to them.
Part of the American dream is to own your own property - something
no one can take from you.
I like America, and I think probably the American people like me.
I'm covering the worst president in American history.
I am a gay American.
Mother's interest in contemporary American artists emerged during
When I make an American movie it's going to come out all over the
world-it doesn't happen the same way for an Italian film or a French
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