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Americans are the only people in the world known to
by Paul Fussell

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

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The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch,
the lower the class.
- Paul Fussell

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
- Paul Fussell

The worst thing about war was the sitting around and
wondering what you were doing morally.
- Paul Fussell

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about
75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country,
where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
- Alphonso Jackson

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

Part of the American dream is to live long and die young.
Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
- Douglas MacArthur

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

But I know that the vote of 9 out of 10 black Americans
for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies
just is not reflective of their opinions.
- Clarence Thomas

Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.
- John Maynard Keynes

Sporting goods sales have suffered because Americans
have become too sedentary.
- Mike May

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

Americans are like Pac Man.
We just eat our way through the day.
There's always something going into the mouth.
- Diane Lane

Pension reforms, like investment advice and automatic enrollment,
will strengthen the ability of Americans to save and invest for retirement.
- Steve Bartlett

Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -
as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt:
God did it.
- Florence King

Americans are big boys.
You can talk them into almost anything.
Just sit with them for half an hour over a bottle of
whiskey and be a nice guy.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

While I take inspiration from the past,
like most Americans, I live for the future.
- Ronald Reagan

Americans are shy about the body.
I have to remember that when I go there.
- Ana Beatriz Barros

It is a mystery why any Americans would support the concept of the EU.
- Phyllis Schlafly

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless
you have more than one option politically,
how free are you?
- Lynn Swann

It's wrong to put the drug lobby's interests ahead of older Americans.
- John B. Larson

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

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

I predict future happiness for Americans
if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Not only must Americans admire Israel,
there can be no doubt that we have an interest in,
and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.
- George Ball

The flag represents all the values and the liberties
Americans have and enjoy everyday.
- Bill Shuster

You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs
right in the store window for everyone to look at.
- Gordon Sinclair

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

The Bush Administration claims there is a Social Security
crisis only to distract Americans from its serious
mismanagement of the federal budget.
- Mark Dayton

Millions of Americans each year use our national forests to go hiking,
fishing, hunting, camping, swimming,
horseback riding,
and canoeing.
- Ric Keller

Manufacturers employ more than 14 million Americans
doing what Americans do best,
making things, building things, transforming raw materials into finished products.
- John Engler

I think we Americans, of all people,
understand the importance of a good,
legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.
- Paul Bremer

While tax refunds amount to substantial income for many Americans,
current IRS rules do not allow taxpayers to directly
deposit their refund into more than one account.
- Jim Cooper

With or without a Social Security fix,
Americans don't have enough assets to retire on.
There has to be a much larger debate.
- Frank Keating

September 11 awoke us to the threat of terrorism.
It was forever bookmarked in our history as the day
when life as Americans knew it,
changed forever.
- Randy Forbes

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

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

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

Americans of all ages deserve quality end-of-life medical care.
- Bill Nelson

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
- Gerald R. Ford

Millions of Americans, adults and children,
lack access to dental care.
- Michael K. Simpson

We ought to be beating our chests every day.
We ought to look in the mirror, stick out our chests,
suck in our bellies, and say, 'Damn,
we're Americans,' and smile.
- Jay Garner

Although black and white Americans live,
work, and learn together now, there is still injustice in America.
- Kathleen Sebelius

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

The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop,
as many Americans have painfully learned.
- William Greider

Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans.
- John T. Flynn

Absolutely committed to spending the rest of my life
as a spokesman for the rights of European Americans.
- David Duke

Yes, many immigrants cherish the value of choice and
opportunity and the value of education more than 7th
or 8th generation Americans.
- Malcolm Wallop

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read.
War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement,
which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.
- Anthony Burgess

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane.
But, too often, U.S.
actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
- Howard Zinn

I think race has been a burden for black Americans.
Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many
people do not understand Islam.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

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

I shouldn't be saying this - high treason,
really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't
fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.
- Stephen Fry

People have been killing because of racial differences
since the time of Adam and Eve,
but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.
- Bob Cousy

The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed
of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

During the Sixties, the Americans thought I was the
greatest thing in the history of cinema.
- Michael Winner

I think Americans want to believe in this country again.
- Carol Moseley Braun

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -
unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments
are afraid to trust the people with arms.
- James Madison

Americans...
still believe in an America where anything's possible -
they just don't think their leaders do.
- Barack Obama

Americans have been selling this view around the world:
that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property.
- Lawrence Lessig

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


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