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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

I think Americans like the practical;
they like the human.
And I like both those things myself,
and I try and put them into my books.
- John Keegan

It only takes a room of Americans for the English and
Australians to realise how much we have in common.
- Stephen Fry

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

In some ways the domestic reporting is a lot easier
because Americans will talk to you about anything.
- John Pomfret

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

The European nations' loss of sovereignty to the EU
should be a warning to Americans.
- Phyllis Schlafly

A 1990 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of Americans
polled said abortion was the taking of human life.
I agree, and believe that taking the life on an innocent child is unjust.
- Robert Casey

One poll shows that by 61 percent to 29 percent Americans
under 40 say that Social Security needs to be fixed.
- Virginia Foxx

Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most
admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
- George Will

I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well;
not simply as a body of legislators,
but more importantly as a community of friends,
neighbors, parents and Americans.
- Jim Walsh

Americans have long recognized the need to protect
our public lands and their vast resources.
- Barbara Boxer

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

The federal government has a responsibility to protect
all Americans from potential terrorist attack.
- Bob Etheridge

Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American
community as it does in white Americans.
- Xavier Becerra

Americans love our shoes and us Brits love that we
can always pick up a bargain when in the US.
- Lisa Snowdon

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty
so intimately in their minds,
that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Too many of my constituents, like many other hard working
Americans across the country,
are suffering unnecessarily due to our flawed health care system.
- John Conyers

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every
four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.
Think of your three best friends.
If they're okay, then it's you.
- Rita Mae Brown

For the state of our union to be strong,
we need to place value in Americans.
- Patty Murray

All Americans should have access to quality,
affordable health care.
- Christopher Dodd

This is not about being liberal.
This is not about being conservative.
This is about making sure our government works for all Americans.
- Francine Busby

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

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

My American gay audience have continued to dance and
sing to the music I make in a way that straight Americans haven't.
I am grateful to them for that.
- George Michael

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

One in seven Americans lives without health insurance,
and that's a truly staggering figure.
- John M. McHugh

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

Whatever it is that the government does,
sensible Americans would prefer that the government
does it to somebody else.
This is the idea behind foreign policy.
- P. J. O'Rourke

We have been blessed with a healthy,
growing economy,
with more Americans going back to work,
and with our Nation acting as a positive force for good in the world.
- Jim DeMint

Intellectualism came very late to America.
That's why Americans are so proud of it.
I found very few real intellectuals in America.
But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
- Douglas Sirk

Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
- Bob Geldof

We Americans are a peculiar people.
We are for the underdog, no matter how much of a dog he is.
- Happy Chandler

I was a little girl in World War II and I'm used to
being freed by Americans.
- Madeleine Albright

When Americans invade Iraq, Bush says,
we will be greeted as liberators by the Iraqi people,
proving that taking out Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do.
- Howard Fineman

Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed
by their children that they'll do anything for them
except stay married to the co-producer.
- Katherine Whitehorn

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would
rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

We can preserve Social Security benefits for generations
of Americans without privatizing this important program.
- Richard Neal

Americans are paying for our lack of an energy policy
with their jobs and out of their pocketbooks.
- Bob Beauprez

We as Americans assume that big companies are bad,
and big power companies are even worse.
- Frank Luntz

And Americans realized that native people are still here,
that they have a moral standing, a legal standing.
- Dennis Banks

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals.
The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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