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America gets the politicians they deserve.
by Al Lewis

America gets the politicians they deserve.
That's it.
And you keep struggling.
- Al Lewis

What motivated me? My mother.
My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman,
struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.
- Al Lewis

I have an old brain but a terrific memory.
- Al Lewis

There's more to anybody.
Just because you haven't noticed it,
that's your problem,
that's not mine.
- Al Lewis

 

My secret for success? I don't know what the hell success means.
- Al Lewis

The struggle goes on.
The victory is in the struggle, for me.
And I accepted that a long time ago.
- Al Lewis

Oscar Wilde said the rich and the poor are equal -
they can both sleep under the bridge.
Right? Do they have a right? You're damn right they have a right!
- Al Lewis

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I'm more important to me than any body you can mention.
Do you know that?
- Al Lewis

I've been in the struggle over seventy years -
it doesn't bother me I may not win.
- Al Lewis

I was an organizer in the Food, Agricultural and Tobacco
Workers Union down in North Carolina.
- Al Lewis

As long as you gave it your best shot,
even if in the opinion of others "you failed,"
you didn't fail.
- Al Lewis

I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio,
there's no audience.
TV, there's no audience.
I need the response of the audience,
even if it's a silent response.
- Al Lewis

I know who I am.
I don't have to brag.
I know what I contributed.
I know what I did.
You think you can do it better? Hey,
go right ahead.
The stage is yours.
- Al Lewis

I probably worked every single entertainment medium,
including some that don't exist.
I worked the circus, carnival, I had my own medicine show,
I worked 18 years of radio.
- Al Lewis

I'm for everyone having the opportunity to accept a $150,000 bribe.
- Al Lewis

I think people need housing.
And there's empty buildings, I think people should live in there.
If you want to call them squatters, trespassers,
hey, I call Wall Street thieves!
- Al Lewis

But find something that you absolutely love doing.
And then get to love the way you do it.
That's the uniqueness of all of us.
That's it.
- Al Lewis

I went to all the Love-Ins.
I took my kids.
I enjoyed myself.
- Al Lewis

Every Friday I used to have about fifty,
sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard
and I'd take them all to dinner.
All runaways.
- Al Lewis

Understood what the struggle was about.
My mother.
Couldn't read or write, but she had more sense than
many a graduate from Harvard.
- Al Lewis

The ruling class is smarter than you,
and they're more creative.
And if you forget that lesson, you go down the drain.
Because if they weren't, they wouldn't be around as
long as they have been and as strong as they have been.
- Al Lewis

The United States, per capita, at a certain period in its history,
had the most junkies of any country ever in the world -
right after the Civil War.
The most brutal war, the greatest amount of casualties that America's ever had.
- Al Lewis

I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly
what their child is up to all the time.
- Barbara Bush

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

Pushing production out of America to nations without
our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.
- Frank Murkowski

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

The largest party in America, by the way,
is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of non-voters.
- Robert Reich

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

In America there are two classes of travel -
first class,
and with children.
- Robert Benchley

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.
- Theodore White

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

I get all fired up about aging in America.
- Willard Scott

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations
around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
- Mitt Romney

As I've said many times, the single most oppressed
class in America right now is the teenager.
- Joe Bob Briggs

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

We have a great life here in Alaska,
and we're never going back to America again!
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
- Michael Malone

If you're going to America, bring your own food.
- Fran Lebowitz

Even though I grew up as a Sephardic Jew in Brooklyn
where we ate Syrian food and went to temple,
it was still America.
- Isaac Mizrahi

America is terrified of the passage of time.
Prozac Nation.
Land of Face Lifts.
- Dirk Benedict

Redistribution of wealth would require enormous amounts of investment.
The only time an elite has accepted this has been during crises,
such as in America in the 1930s under Roosevelt.
- Susan George

I know of no country in which there is so little independence
of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

If my duty does involve heralding His law in every arena,
then the Church in America is failing radically today.
- Randall Terry

But in America, if you're an atheist,
you lose.
- Michael Newdow

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of
the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
- Mel Torme

We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present:
unemployment,
inflation...
but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.
- Barbara Jordan

The glamour of it all!
New York!
America!
- Charlie Chaplin

The most important American addition to the World Experience
was the simple surprising fact of America.
We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

I've been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep
saying I don't know how good we're going to be received
in America because that's where it's most challenging.
- William Hurt

America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
- Allen Ginsberg

Watching the scenes out of New Orleans,
if you turn down the sound it could be the Sudan or any Third World country.
But it's not.
it's the United States of America.
- Al Roker

There are people all over the world who are willing to exploit others.
You can't just point the finger at America.
- Arlo Guthrie

Almost a century has passed since Japan first entered
the world community by concluding a treaty of amity
with the United States of America in 1854.
- Shigeru Yoshida

Where else but in America could a schoolteacher from
Kansas City end up the governor of her adopted state?
- Jane D. Hull

When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show.
When you're born in America, you get a front row seat.
- George Carlin

Throughout his life, Ronald Reagan believed America
is capable of great things and its people could and
would lead the way if left unburdened by taxation and regulation.
- William L. Jenkins

There are a lot of wonderful people in America who
shouldn't be on the Supreme Court -
and a lot who should be on the court who aren't such wonderful people.
- David Frum

Every country gets the circus it deserves.
Spain gets bullfights.
Italy gets the Catholic Church.
America gets Hollywood.
- Erica Jong

What's interesting is there are $12 billion of breaks
in the energy bill that passed,
yet we see that the sixth major oil companies in America
last year made $1.1 trillion.
- Marty Meehan

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

I don't think there is another person in America that
wants to tell this story as much as I do.
- Oliver North


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