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In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
by A. E. Housman

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
- A. E. Housman

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
- A. E. Housman

Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

 

The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity,
and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made,
and here am I in hell.
My hand, though now my knuckles bleed,
I never soiled with such a deed.
- A. E. Housman

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
- A. E. Housman

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And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.
- A. E. Housman

If a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.
- A. E. Housman

Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think,
has endowed him with the ability to write.
- A. E. Housman

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning,
to keep watch over my thoughts, because,
if a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain,
the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
- A. E. Housman

The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can;
not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.
- A. E. Housman

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live
and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
but young men think it is,
and we were young.
- A. E. Housman

The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all,
is a conservative critic.
- A. E. Housman

Great literature should do some good to the reader:
must quicken his perception though dull,
and sharpen his discrimination though blunt,
and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
- A. E. Housman

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
- American Indian Proverb

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
- Native American Proverb

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

I am proud to be an American.
Because an American can eat anything on the face of
this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
- Bill Cosby

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

It is money, money, money!
Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd

Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards,
I believe, the American family.
- John Boehner

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's
the place where the greatest dream of all,
the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
- Michael Bloomberg

Confronted with the choice, the American people would
choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
- Spiro T. Agnew

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

I see great things in baseball.
It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men
whose wives think they are out having fun.
- Jim Bishop

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
- Gloria Steinem

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
- Alexander Jackson Davis

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

The beef industry has contributed to more American
deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
- Neal Barnard

If American men are obsessed with money,
American women are obsessed with weight.
The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss,
and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
- Marya Mannes

When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very
reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life.
Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor.
- Lee Grant

Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as
we don't accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car.
- Doug Coupland

Ever since the first 'American Pie,' I've always been
happy to just have an opportunity,
I just didn't think it was going to be with comedies.
Now I really like it.
- Sean William Scott

If an American audience is given a serious musical
theater piece that is well produced,
dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted,
they'll respond to it.
- Carlisle Floyd

American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones;
they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness,
its lights and its shadows.
- John Philip Sousa

Sides are being divided now.
It's very obvious.
So if you're on the other side of the fence,
you're suddenly anti-American.
It's breeding fear of being on the wrong side.
- Sam Shepard

The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the
production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.
- Ernest Gellner

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity,
the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.
They are right.
It is.
It is the American Dream.
- Archibald MacLeish

Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American
electorate is engaged and informed.
- Melissa Bean

Our American heritage is greater than any one of us.
It can express itself in very homely truths;
in the end it can lift up our eyes beyond the glow in the sunset skies.
- Bruce Catton

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president...
is morally treasonable to the American public.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The American people demand results, not rhetoric,
especially when it comes to national security issues.
- J. D. Hayworth

I'm surprised and disappointed in American culture.
- Tabitha Soren

It would be hard to find a more compelling example
of the American dream than Alberto Gonzales.
- Jon Kyl

There are no generalizations in American politics that
vested selfishness cannot cut through.
- John Gunther

I'm not an American, Do they count the votes in America?
I haven't voted in Jamaica either.
- Ziggy Marley


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