Saturday, July 02, 2005


In honor of Independence Day here are some quotes on Americans:

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."
Winston Churchill

"We Americans, we're a simple people . . . but piss us off, and we'll bomb your cities."
Robin Williams

"Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages"
Dave Barry

"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
John F. Kennedy

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
Dan Rather (1931 - )

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852)

Americans never quit.
General Douglas Macarthur (1880 - 1964)

Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
George F. Will (1941 - ), Statecraft as Soulcraft

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Gore Vidal (1925 - )

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.
Henry James (1843 - 1916)

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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 (1939 - )

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.
Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


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