American Values Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“In the twentieth century, nowhere on Earth was sex so vigorously suppressed as in America---and nowhere else was there such a deep interest in it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

David Mamet
“We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder ‘censorship,’ we call it ‘concern for commercial viability.”
David Mamet

Nathaniel Philbrick
“The moment any of them gave up on the difficult work of living with their neighbors--and all of the compromise, frustration, and delay that inevitably entailed--they risked losing everything.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Stanley Milgram
“The importation and enslavement of millions of lack people, the destruction of the American Indian population, the internment of Japanese American, the use of napalm against civilians in Vietnam, all are harsh policies that originated in the authority of a democratic nation, and were responded to with the expected obedience.”
Stanley Milgram, Obedience to Authority

James Madison
“What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.”
James Madison, A Memorial And Remonstrance, On The Religious Rights Of Man: Written In 1784-85

“To be American is to long for whatever our parents fled.”
Colin Quinn, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

David Gottstein
“A meritocracy is a core foundation of American values.”
David Gottstein, A More Perfect Union: Unifying Ideas for a Divided America

Nathaniel Philbrick
“Many of the so-called American characteristics,’ a chronicler of the [WW2 University of Minnesota starvation] experiment wrote, ‘—abounding energy, generosity, optimism—become intelligible as the expected behavior response of a well-fed people.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex