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

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

No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that
great success and huge money buy you immunity from
the common ills of mankind,
such as cars that won't start.
- Larry McMurtry

If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific.
The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable
seems to be a common temptation,
not always resisted.
- Larry McMurtry

A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough.
- Larry McMurtry

 

Self-parody is the first portent of age.
- Larry McMurtry

True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he
has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends -
and he accepts it.
- Larry McMurtry

Members of the Academy are mostly urban people.
We are an urban nation.
We are not a rural nation.
It's not easy even to get a rural story made.
- Larry McMurtry

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One of the things that Ang brings to all of his projects
is his deep sense of being a double exile,
an outsider's outsider.
- Larry McMurtry

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look -
historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
- Larry McMurtry

You expect far too much of a first sentence.
Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast:
what we want is something simple,
but nourishing to the imagination.
- Larry McMurtry

Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
- Larry McMurtry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class
Americans are an endangered species.
- Arianna Huffington

Tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans -
I ask for your support.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation.
And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we
can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.
- Barbara Boxer

My own family and thousands of other Japanese Americans
were interned during World War II.
It took our nation over 40 years to apologize.
- Mike Honda

Progress for black Americans depends on good schools
because education is the last great equalizer.
- Alphonso Jackson

The Americans are very clear, and obsessed with nouns.
- Fiona Shaw

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

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

Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses
than for property crimes.
- George Will

If Americans could legally access prescription drugs
outside the United States,
then drug companies would be forced to re-evaluate their pricing strategy.
- Chuck Grassley

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

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

I have a sense that many Americans, especially those
like me with European or foreign parents,
feel they have to invent their families just as they
have to invent themselves.
- Philip Levine

Republicans are not going to play I-told-you-so,
but it is pretty obvious that the tax reductions passed
in 2003 helped Americans dig out of a recession and get back to work.
- Marsha Blackburn

We have work to do, and Tuesday Americans sent Washington a clear message -
get the job done.
- Rahm Emanuel

At the same time, Republicans are pushing a $70 billion
tax package that will overwhelmingly benefit the most
wealthy Americans and actually increases the deficit by $16 billion.
- Marty Meehan

Liberal whites are the greatest enemy of African Americans.
- James Meredith

And it is very moving because one has to see the site
not as just another site of development but it is a very special site.
It is a site that souls and hearts of all Americans.
- Daniel Libeskind

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans.
America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
- Eric Hoffer

We're building on an international network with many
others for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There are so many things we can do to carry forward policies.
- Janet Reno

Put too many one-size-fits-all jackets on Americans and the place explodes.
- Lamar Alexander

Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated
to be the objects of satire.
- Carroll O'Connor

The alternative minimum tax was designed to prevent
the very wealthiest Americans from overusing certain
tax benefits to avoid most of their tax burden.
- Richard Neal

More Americans are working today than at any time in history.
- Roger Wicker

Every month that we do not have an economic recovery
package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
- Nancy Pelosi

It's good to do something for Americans for once.
- Jeff Smith

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

The bottom line is that five million low-income Americans
working full time for minimum wage,
deserve a raise.
- Jim Clyburn

I think one of the political problems we have in this
country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike,
all African-Americans think alike.
- Anne Northup

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

Television has made places look alike,
and it has transformed the way we see.
A whole generation of Americans, maybe two,
has grown up looking at the world through a lens.
- Ronald Steel

Our society's strong emphasis on dieting and self-image
can sometimes lead to eating disorders.
We know that more than 5 million Americans suffer from eating disorders,
most of them young women.
- Tipper Gore

It was the wish of the Americans that their red brethren
should remain peacefully round their own fires,
and not embroil themselves in any disputes between the white people.
- Zebulon Pike

It's shortsighted not to view the education of a future
generation of Americans as a priority for all Americans.
- Mel Martinez

As problems like identity theft become more prevalent,
now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously -
and this information is of the utmost importance.
- Ruben Hinojosa

Americans never quit.
- Douglas MacArthur

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

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

In times of war, it is often best to look to our history
to see how past generations of Americans dealt with
the loss of their countrymen in just causes.
- Virginia Foxx

I know a lot of Americans in Paris who have married Frenchmen.
They keep bringing up their experience,
the clash of civilizations, the clash of personalities.
- Leslie Caron

The president overstepped his authority when he asked
the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans' international phone
calls without obtaining a warrant.
- Sherrod Brown

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

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

I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women:
they understand each other worse,
and it matters less, than either of them suppose.
- Randall Jarrell

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

I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress.
- Rick Renzi

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

Americans have discovered fear.
- Jose Saramago

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

Using the right of veto would be shooting the Americans in the back.
- Dominique de Villepin


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