American Culture Quotes

Quotes tagged as "american-culture" (showing 1-30 of 105)
Neil Postman
“Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.”
Neil Postman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“Americans like to buy things they don't need, with money they don't have, to impress people they don't like. And then they wonder why they're not happy.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“America is like an isolated information island. A lot of what happens in the rest of the world, a lot of the cultural exchange, never makes it to rural Alabama.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“I like old hippies so much more than old conservatives.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“If everything Fox News says about liberals were actually true, I'd hate liberals too.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“Sometimes conspiracy theories are true. Most of the time they're not.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“Astrology is superstition. A remnant of the ignorant dark ages, when people knew nothing about how the world works.

They believed the earth is flat and the center of the universe. Astrology might have made sense a long time ago, when people didn't know any better. Back then people believed that the stars were gods, with names like Zeus or Mars, the God of war, who had nothing better to do than to watch us down here on earth, and fuck with us. And gods have superpowers. So it would make sense for gods to be able to influence our lives or our decisions. Back then it sounded like there was an internal logic to it all.

But nowadays we know better. Now we know that the earth is not flat and not the center of the universe. And now we know that the stars are not gods with superpowers, but simply suns and planets, millions of miles away. Big balls of gas and rock, flying through space, minding their own business. Mars is not the God of War. Mars is just a big red rock. There is simply no mechanism by which a big rock, flying through space millions of miles away, is gonna affect whether you're gonna get a raise tomorrow or not.

Think about how self-centered and narcissistic that idea actually is. Astrology is the idea that this endlessly big universe and all the trillions of planets in it, are only here to affect whether you are gonna have a good day tomorrow. Because all these big rocks flying through space millions of miles away have nothing better to do than worry about you. Because you're so special, and everything is about you.

The idea behind astrology is so stupid, it's actually kinda funny.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“People looked at him as an orange-faced evil clown with silly hair. Like the Joker in Batman comics. Make Gotham great again!”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“First you make people believe they have a problem, and then you sell them the solution. That's how advertising works. Every snake oil salesman knows that.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“So they tell you to buy stuff. More and more and more stuff. Even if you don't need any more stuff, buy more stuff! Because capitalism is like a pyramid scheme. It must constantly grow, constantly shovel more money to the top, like a sand monster feeding itself sand, or it dies.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“Democrats care about what's fair and true. Republicans only care about winning, no matter how much they have to lie and cheat.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

“If Hollywood was a Republican town, Weinstein would still be president, and he'd still be molesting women.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

“Dear Trumptards, so how are you enjoying the beginning of World War 3 so far? Is it all you hoped it would be?”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

Martin Jacques
“The move towards neo-liberalism in Britain was intimately bound up with the embrace of the U.S. as the country to be aped and copied.”
Martin Jacques

Amy Tan
“Oh, but being American has less to do with one’s proficiency in English and more with the assumptions you hold dear and true—your inalienable rights, your pursuit of happiness. I, sad to say, don’t possess those assumptions. I cannot undertake the pursuit.”
“Well, you understand us,” Bennie said. “So that makes you at least an honorary American.”
“Why is it such an honor?” Wendy said peevishly. “Not everyone wants to be an American.” Although Bennie was annoyed, he laughed. Walter, ever the diplomat, said to Bennie, “Well, I’m flattered that you consider me to be one of your own.”
Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning

“I believe that the attitudes and actions that will restore America now are the very things that originally formed America.”
Daniel Rundquist

“Do laws make Americans virtuous? We might as well ask if red lights stop cars.”
Daniel Rundquist

“No longer can America afford to have its citizenry sit on the sidelines of the community watching while “activists” and others take over the nation, reshaping it into a distinctly destructive environment.”
Daniel Rundquist

“Strong and cohesive families are better equipped to raise balanced, intelligent, educated children. Government programs that encourage single parent households commit nothing less than cultural malpractice.”
Daniel Rundquist

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