Quotes about America

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

Gore Vidal

As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.

Alistair Cooke

Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima.... The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.

Harry S. Truman

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too. It fell on no city, no munition plants, no docks. It erased no church, vaporized no public buildings, reduced no man to his atomic elements. But it fell, it fell.

Hermann Hagedorn

The character, the counsels, and example of our Washington . . . they will guide us through the doubts and difficulties that beset us; they will guide our children and our children's children in the paths of prosperity and peace, while America shall hold her place in the family of nations.

Edward Everett

America has furnished to the world the character of Washington! And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind.

Daniel Webster

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. •Vince Lombardi or •Donald Kendall My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. •Indira Gandhi I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. •Douglas Adams There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. •William Bennett The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. •Robert Frost When work is a pleasure, life is a joy; when work is a duty, life is slavery. •Maksim Gorky One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. •Elbert Hubbard It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. •Jerome K Jerome One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. •Bertrand Russell Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them. •Lily Tomlin Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. •Robert Benchley Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. •Thomas Edison Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. •Sam Ewing Real success is finding you lifework in the work that you love. •David McCullough Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. •John G. Pollard Banker: A fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. •Mark Twain

Vince Lombardi

I am the last man in the world to say that the succor which is given us from America is not in itself something to rejoice at greatly. But I also say that I can see more in the knowledge that America is going to win a right to be at the conference table when the terms of peace are discussed. . . . It would have been a tragedy for mankind if America had not been there, and there with all her influence and power.

David Lloyd George

YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander. In the Southern States the word is unknown. (See DAMYANK.)

Ambrose Bierce

We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.

Elizabeth II

Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike—I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.

Spiro T. Agnew

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