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Quotes About America

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Kurt Vonnegut
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So 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, A Man Without a Country

George Carlin
“That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
George Carlin

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

Kiera Cass
“I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Kiera Cass
“No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Ringo Starr
(Media question to Beatles during first U.S. tour 1964)
"How do you find America?"
"Turn left at Greenland.”
Ringo Starr

Jarod Kintz
“I want to gather up all the ink cartridges in the universe, because somewhere, mixed in with all that ink, is the next great American novel. And I’d love nothing more than to drink it.”
Jarod Kintz, I Want Two apply for a job at our country's largest funeral home, and then wear a suit and noose to the job interview.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kurt Vonnegut
“America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.' It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kiera Cass
“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

George Carlin
“In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem.”
George Carlin

Kiera Cass
“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Gore Vidal
“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
Gore Vidal, Screening History

Henry David Thoreau
“I was once reproved by a minister who was driving a poor beast to some meeting-house horse-sheds among the hills of New Hampshire, because I was bending my steps to a mountain-top on the Sabbath, instead of a church, when I would have gone farther than he to hear a true word spoken on that or any day. He declared that I was 'breaking the Lord's fourth commandment,' and proceeded to enumerate, in a sepulchral tone, the disasters which had befallen him whenever he had done any ordinary work on the Sabbath. He really thought that a god was on the watch to trip up those men who followed any secular work on this day, and did not see that it was the evil conscience of the workers that did it. The country is full of this superstition, so that when one enters a village, the church, not only really but from association, is the ugliest looking building in it, because it is the one in which human nature stoops the lowest and is most disgraced. Certainly, such temples as these shall erelong cease to deform the landscape. There are few things more disheartening and disgusting than when you are walking the streets of a strange village on the Sabbath, to hear a preacher shouting like a boatswain in a gale of wind, and thus harshly profaning the quiet atmosphere of the day.”
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Kiera Cass
“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”
Kiera Cass, The Elite

Jim Butcher
“You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Kiera Cass
“Your Majesty—
Tugging my ear. Whenever.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Kiera Cass
“I hit your thigh!”
“Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Kiera Cass
“I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, it would be you.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Barack Obama
“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”
Barack Obama

Chief Seattle
“My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain...There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes that are now but a mournful memory.”
Chief Seattle, The Chief Seattle's Speech

Noam Chomsky
“It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence”
Noam Chomsky

Kiera Cass
“Listen to me, kitten. Win or lose, you’ll always be a princess to me.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Richard Pryor
“You can't talk about fucking in America, people say you're dirty. But if you talk about killing somebody, that's cool.”
Richard Pryor

Oscar Wilde
“America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.”
Oscar Wilde

Kiera Cass
“P.S. May, don’t these strawberry tarts just make you want to cry?”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Kiera Cass
“He must love you very much,' Gavril said once I had my footing.
I couldn't look at him. 'What makes you say that?' Gavril sighed. 'I've known Maxon since he was a child. He's never stood up to his father like that.”
Kiera Cass, The Elite

Kiera Cass
“Need someone to talk to? I could tug my ear right now.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Jarod Kintz
“I want to go to all the topless bars in America and try to sell every single one of them a roof.”
Jarod Kintz, I Want Two apply for a job at our country's largest funeral home, and then wear a suit and noose to the job interview.

Alexis de Tocqueville
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

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