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Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
by Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

 

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

Americans want action for their money.
They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work.
- Paula Nelson

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they
eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.
- Christopher Dodd

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

People are stunned to hear that one company has data
files on 185 million Americans.
- Ralph Nader

Americans are a quarter of a billion people who have
almost nothing in common except for the fact they've
been told they have lots in common.
- Doug Coupland

Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.
- Pras Michel

In a sense I've made the same film over and over again.
In all of them I've asked, 'Who are we as Americans?
- Ken Burns

I understand about this idea of terror and what it
means to Americans and this idea that we can't just
walk around free like we did;
life has changed.
- Johnnie Cochran

Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
- Andrew Jackson

Life is very important to Americans.
- Bob Dole

For me it is completely clear that our air bases in
Germany would be available to the Americans.
- Helmut Kohl

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -
after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill

Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious
philosophy for Americans,
whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.
- Thurston Moore

In the best days of our republic Americans were fiercely
proud of the fact that rich and poor met on such equal terms in so many ways,
and without the slightest trace of hostility.
- Robert Welch

Liberty is not the unique right of Americans or even Westerners,
but is mankind's right.
- Virginia Foxx

Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about.
- Patti Smith

Americans also don't need to be taught how to give.
We don't need to be taught how to take care of each
other or how to be charitable.
- Glenn Beck

Americans spend much of their adult lives paying taxes in various forms.
We should end this practice of paying a tax that is triggered only by debt.
- Jennifer Dunn

We stand strong together - as Americans -
many cultures,
races and faiths, but one nation under God.
- Bob Taft

This is my first opportunity to visit this part of North Africa,
so I am going to be able to go back home and talk about
this beautiful country and encourage Americans to travel here.
- Donald Evans

So when the only domestic social policy is tax cuts
that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans,
we say, 'Where is faith being put into action here?'
- Jim Wallis

Americans don't want cowboys to be gay.
- Larry McMurtry

I'd cap the total amount of income taxes paid by Americans
to no more than 25 percent and tax all income only once.
- Cesar Conda

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
- Daniel Berrigan

Americans don't think we should be raising taxes on anybody,
especially in the middle of a recession.
- Mitch McConnell

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion,
and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience,
no matter what religion or color of their skin,
or situation in life.
- Pete Seeger

The Peace Corps would give thousands of young Americans
a chance to see at first hand the conditions in remote areas of the world.
- Sargent Shriver

In a polling conducted by the Wall Street Journal,
11 out of 12 Americans said they oppose the taking of private property,
even if it is for public economic good.
- Jim Ryun

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for
his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence
that changed this nation -
and world -
for the better.
- Eliot Engel

I love Caribbean food.
It's a great melting pot of so many cultures including the Native Americans.
- Bob Greene

I live in Italy part time, and they're obsessed with
what's happening in LA too.
They make fun of Americans, but the world wants to
know what's going on in Hollywood.
- Debi Mazar

For many Americans, including many who are employed,
going to the doctor when they fall ill or become injured
may not be an option because of the absence of health insurance.
- Ben Nelson

One of the great problems with Americans is that -
being a decent people -
they assume that everyone else is equally decent.
- Meir Kahane

Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it.
I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status.
- Northrop Frye

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are
rooted in the system of slavery.
- Charles Rangel

The time is near at hand which must determine whether
Americans are to be free men or slaves.
- George Washington

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
- William O. Douglas

I begin to feel like I was in the last generation of
Americans who took a civics class.
- Roger Ebert

Americans appreciate the way our friends around the
world are sticking by us,
and we all hope for their continued support in what's
going to be some very trying times.
- Joe Lando

We're all Americans trying to compete.
Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
- Oscar Robertson

I am so sick of reading about another car bomb,
another suicide bomber, another 10, 20,
30, 70, 100 people dead in a day, both Americans and Iraqis.
- Rosanne Cash

Given what the media have put the country through this past decade,
it must come as a surprise to most Americans that the
press has a code of ethics.
- Roger Mudd

We need to educate Americans about the real harms of
marijuana if we want to sustain the gains we've made
over the past three years.
- John Walters

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species,
including Americans.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail,
which has been specially invented for the purpose,
involving neither physical proximity nor speech.
- Auberon Waugh

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are
a thinker you must be a frowning bore,
because thinking is so damn serious.
- Jacques Maritain


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