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

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Like my colleague, I represent a large Assyrian community in central California,
one of the largest concentrations of Assyrian Americans
anywhere in the United States.
- Dennis Cardoza

There's a lot of Americans, black and white,
who think that we've arrived where we need to be and
nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.
- Spike Lee

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

Music has an intrinsic value that touches Americans -
they love their music,
and want more.
- Hilary Rosen

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered;
for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We as Americans and as humans have very selective hearing
and very selective memory.
We only hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest.
- Frank Luntz

I believe that as a nation we must have a bipartisan
discussion about how to best preserve and protect Social
Security for our seniors and for future generations of Americans.
- Steve Israel

If we do not make tough decisions now,
future Americans will have to make even tougher ones.
- Virginia Foxx

If people are going to complain about stereotyping,
it's as likely to be Italian-Americans as gay people.
- Jason Bateman

Most Americans approach the problems of the Middle
East with a pro-Israeli bias -
and rightly so.
- George Ball

Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation
to assist those who are suffering from poverty,
disease, war and famine.
- Adam Schiff

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

Preserving parks and open spaces is a winner because
it doesn't need to be explained to everyday Americans.
- Frank Luntz

We Americans have the great gifts of freedom and democracy,
but it has been our education system that has fulfilled
the promise of democracy.
- James E. Rogers

My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds.
My father's Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent.
They're both first-generation Americans.
- Susan Lucci

It is hard to know how many people do,
but given that the people are so docile towards the rulers,
nowadays, very few Americans show the passion for freedom
that our forefathers had.
- James Bovard

If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make
a fortune out of what they don't know about economics.
- Luther H. Hodges

The Odyssey is the story of Americans up to the point
where they are well-established,
and even so it is detached from the historical side.
- Raymond Queneau

In the three years since our nation began operations in Iraq,
more than 2,500 Americans have been killed and more
than 18,000 Americans have been seriously wounded.
- Ike Skelton

It does not matter what party you are a member of in
this great Nation of ours.
Accountability and competence are characteristics that
Americans value throughout our great land.
- Jim Costa

Obesity among young Americans is a serious problem
that can have serious ramifications in the long run.
- Virginia Foxx

In 1900 Americans on average lived for only 49 years
and most working people died still on the job.
- William Greider

Broadcasters have a responsibility to serve the public
interest and protect Americans from objectionable content,
particularly during the hours when children are likely to be watching.
- Bart Gordon

This nation's elected leaders owe all Americans the
duty of formulating an Iraqi policy based on sound
analysis of the actual facts.
- Charlie Gonzalez

As the war on terror continues, Americans must honor
the brave men and women who gave their lives for the
protection of this nation and the hope of peace.
- Dan Lipinski

While most Americans have access to the best oral health care in the world,
low-income children suffer disproportionately from oral disease.
- Michael K. Simpson

My experience as a school nurse taught me that we need
to make a concerted effort,
all of us, to increase physical fitness activity among
our children and to encourage all Americans to adopt
a healthier diet that includes fruits and vegetables,
but there is more.
- Lois Capps

I would like to have you quote me, Erich von Stroheim,
as having said on this day of this month of this year this one thing:
you Americans are living on baby food.
- Erich von Stroheim

Americans need to understand the significance of having
their civil liberties dismantled.
It doesn't just affect terrorists and foreigners,
it affects us all.
- Bianca Jagger

We must stop talking about the American dream and start
listening to the dreams of Americans.
- Max Beerbohm

This morning in the Washington Post there was a statistic
about how 85% of Americans are Christians.
- Sally Quinn

Americans have an expectation that the Postal Service
will abide by its well-known,
although unofficial, motto - a commitment to deliver.
- John McHugh

British girls are as temperamental as Americans.
- Ivor Novello

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many,
many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship,
and everyone was surprised!
A little naive, I feel!
- Eddie Izzard

I think Americans should have a policy of love.
That should be the foreign policy, love.
Export Love.
- Ziggy Marley

All I want to do is make sure that art is available
to all Americans in a participatory way,
whether you engage in the art process yourself or you're an audience member.
- Jane Alexander

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism,
it exists.
There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.
- Steve Mitchell

Businesses should no longer be allowed to depress wages
by hiring illegal labor and then falsely claim that
Americans don't want to do the jobs.
- Dana Rohrabacher

Five years of Republicans' failed energy policies have
resulted in Americans paying twice as much at the pump as they did in 2001,
while big oil companies make triple the profits.
- Russ Carnahan

A monoculture is not only Hollywood,
but Americans trying to export democracy.
- Bernardo Bertolucci

I was able to do To Sleep with Anger,
a very powerful film about African Americans,
their spirituality, and the things that happened within
a small community and a family.
- Danny Glover

It's like everybody is obsessed with Hollywood movies worldwide.
And even though everybody hates the Americans,
they're still watching American movies.
- Roland Emmerich

About 60 percent of the oil consumed daily by Americans
is used for transportation,
and about 45 percent is used for passenger cars and light trucks.
- Sherwood Boehlert


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