American Culture Quotes

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Wendell Berry
“We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us.

How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”
Wendell Berry

H.L. Mencken
“American journalism (like the journalism of any other country) is predominantly paltry and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant.”
H. L. Mencken

Jimmy Carter
“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
Jimmy Carter

Alexis de Tocqueville
“[N]ow that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Richard Wright
“Their constant outward-looking, their mania for radios, cars, and a thousand other trinkets made them dream and fix their eyes upon the trash of life, made it impossible for them to learn a language which could have taught them to speak of what was in their or others' hearts. The words of their souls were the syllables of popular songs.”
Richard Wright, Black Boy

Jess C. Scott
“Alice is fictional. This isn't.”
Jess C. Scott, Zombie Mania: A Zombie Apocalypse Parody

Alexis de Tocqueville
“There is hardly any political question in the United States that sooner or later does not turn into a judicial question. From that, the obligation that the parties find in their daily polemics to borrow ideas and language from the judicial system. Since most public men are or have formerly been jurists, they make the habits and the turn of ideas that belong to jurists pass into the handling of public affairs. The jury ends up by familiarizing all classes with them. Thus, judicial language becomes, in a way, the common language; so the spirit of the jurist, born inside the schools and courtrooms, spreads little by little beyond their confines; it infiltrates all of society, so to speak; it descends to the lowest ranks, and the entire people finishes by acquiring a part of the habits and tastes of the magistrate.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Robert  Stone
“The term [Americanization] invokes the transformation of the landscape into unnatural mechanical shapes, of night into day, of speed for its own sake, an irrational passion for novelty at the expense of quality, a worship of gimmickry.”
Robert Stone

Mark Galli
“I sometimes wonder whether our churches--living as we do in American death-denying culture, relentlessly smiling through our praise choruses--are inadvertently helping people live not as much in hope as in denial.”
Mark Galli

“In America, people with pre-existing mental health issues have access to firearms but not healthcare. Thanks, Republicans!”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

Damon Suede
“Pop culture. Nobody does bullshit better than us. Right? China took over manufacturing. And the Middle East has us on fossil fuels. That's just geography and politics. We're a nation of whacko immigrants. Scavengers and con men. We crossed the ocean on faith, stole some land and stone-cold made up a whole country out of nothing but balls and bullshit. Superhero comics got invented by crazy genius Jews who showed up and revamped the refugee experience into a Man of Steel sent from Krypton with a secret identity.”
Damon Suede, Bad Idea

Mark Galli
“As Wade Clark Roof noted in his study, "the 'weightlessness' of contemporary belief in God is a reality...for religious liberals and many evangelicals.”
Mark Galli

Abhijit Naskar
“Lady liberty is not just a statue, she is a reflection of the soul of America.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“What America explores today, the world explores a decade later.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“Who are we? We are the lovers of this land. Who are we? We are the children of this land. Who are we? We are the soldiers of this land.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“It's time we become the new Americans - Americans with more accountability than recklessness - Americans with more curiosity than rigidity - Americans with more acceptability than prejudice - Americans with more inclusivity than discrimination.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“Whoever comes to these shores of liberty, in the hope of life, freedom and happiness, automatically becomes an American, by measure of the same determination and will that made our founding fathers set foot on Plymouth Rock escaping British bigotry, snobbery and barbarism.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“The New American Sonnet

America doesn't mean the best,
America means accountability.
America doesn't mean supremacy,
America means responsible liberty.
America doesn't mean flawless,
America means growing against oddity.
America doesn't mean condescension,
America means caring for all humanity.
America doesn't mean white or color,
America means celebration of diversity.
America doesn't mean red or blue,
America means together crossing rigidity.
Stars and stripes have no place for hate.
Our heart is human, it's humanity we celebrate.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“Why America Exists

When oppression became unbearable, America was born - when discrimination turned extreme, America was born - when rigidity became intolerable, America was born. America was born of an unbending desire for freedom - America was born of a drive for self-correction - America was born of an urge for progression.

Yes we did many mistakes in the process, even committed horrible atrocities - we drove people off their lands to build a new world for our children - and nothing that we can do today can mend those atrocities of yesterday, but what we can do is to make a promise to ourselves to never repeat those atrocities of our ancestors no more.

It's time we become the new Americans - Americans with more accountability than recklessness - Americans with more curiosity than rigidity - Americans with more acceptability than prejudice - Americans with more inclusivity than discrimination.

There is no our America and their America, there's only one America - the United States of America. You see, ours is not just the United States of America, ours is the United States of Assimilation. And we must practice this principle to the letter and spirit everyday of our lives.

For example, we of all people cannot in right mind deny shelter to those seeking refuge, especially when we are both sociologically and economically capable of doing so. Whoever comes to these shores of liberty, in the hope of life, freedom and happiness, automatically becomes an American, by measure of the same determination and will that made our founding fathers set foot on Plymouth Rock escaping British bigotry, snobbery and barbarism.

Our very country is founded by immigrants. America was built by refugees, and as such, if this land can't be a refuge for the subjugated and persecuted, then it is an insult on our very existence as the great land of the free and brave.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Kelli Russell Agodon
“America breaks my heart
some days and some days it breaks itself into two.”
Kelli Russell Agodon, Dialogues with Rising Tides

Abhijit Naskar
“Unless you are an American Indian, you are a descendant of an immigrant yourself.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Robert E. Sherwood
“There is a persistent theory, held by those who prate most steadily about "the American way of life" that the average American is a rugged individualist to whom the whole conception of "leadership" is something foreign and distasteful—and this theory would certainly seem to be in accord with our national tradition of lawlessness and disrespect for authority. But it is not entirely consistent with the facts. We Americans are inveterate hero worshipers, to a far greater extent than are the British and the French. We like to personalize our loyalties, our causes. In our political or business or labor organizations, we are comforted by the knowledge that at the top is a Big Boss whom we are free to revere or to hate and upon whom we can depend for quick decisions when the going gets tough. The same is true of our Boy Scout troops and our criminal gangs. It is most conspicuously true of our passion for competitive sport. We are trained from childhood to look to the coach for authority in emergencies. The masterminding coach who can send in substitutes with instructions whenever he feels like it—or even send in an entirely new team—is a purely American phenomenon. In British football the team must play through the game with the same eleven men with which it started and with no orders from the sidelines; if a man is injured and forced to leave the field the team goes on playing with only ten men. In British sport, there are no Knute Rocknes or Connie Macks, whereas in American sport the mastermind is considered as an essential in the relentless pursuit of superiority.”
Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't fathom the red and blue, You can't make a rainbow with two colors.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“The founders of America were more criminal than modern immigrants – you know why – because the founders of America didn’t only enter this land illegally, but after entering they drove the natives out of their own home, whereas all that the immigrants of today want is to have a better life for their family. Now tell me – who are the real criminals?”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“Beyond Red and Blue (The Sonnet)

I don't wanna rule no one,
Nor do I wanna prove them wrong.
I don't wanna convert no one,
Nor do I wanna sing the woke song.
My work is with the whole humanity,
No person must be left behind.
Either I'll take them all forward,
Or I'll perish while fixing the great divide.
I don't fathom the red and blue,
You can't make a rainbow with two colors.
If you are really kind and conscientious,
On its own bigotry disappears.
We must rise above all party politika,
Only then will we be the soul of America.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“When we talk about the history of America, Black history is American history.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“In fact, just for the sake of understanding, if we measure the amount of blood and sweat that actually went into the making of America, we’d find that the contributions of the blacks far outweigh the contributions of the whites!”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Let us honestly state the facts. Our America has a bad name for superficialness. Great men, great nations have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Guns don't kill people. Gun owners kill people.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

Abhijit Naskar
“The America handed to us is far from civilized. But together we'll make our home humanized.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

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