An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


The pious ones of Plymouth who, reaching the Rock, first fell upon their own knees and then upon the aborigines.


William M. Evarts (1818-1901, American lawyer, statesman)


I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Then hail! thou noble conqueror! That, when tyranny oppressed, hewed for our fathers from the wild. A land wherein to rest.


Mary Elizabeth Hewitt (1818-18?)


Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


Being human signifies, for each one of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization; and for us European earth-dwellers, the adventure played out in the heart of the New World signifies in the first place that it was not our world and that we bear responsibility for the crime of its destruction.


Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-, French anthropologist)


The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf.


Lewis Mumford (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


Other nations have tried to check... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.


John Louis O'Sullivan


Europe and the U.K. are yesterday's world. Tomorrow is in the United States.


R. W. "Tiny" Rowland


I have, indeed, even omitted facts, which, on account of their singularity, must in the eyes of some have appeared to border on the marvelous. But in the forests of South America such extraordinary realities are to be found, that there is assuredly no need to have recourse to fiction or the least exaggeration.


Captain J. G. Stedman (1744-1797, British soldier, author, artist)


We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


The open frontier, the hardships of homesteading from scratch, the wealth of natural resources, the whole vast challenge of a continent waiting to be exploited, combined to produce a prevailing materialism and an American drive bent as much, if not more, on money, property, and power than was true of the Old World from which we had fled.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York, and, in time, a Virgil at Mexico, and a Newton at Peru. At last, some curious traveler from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul's, like the editions of Balbec and Palmyra.


Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British author)


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