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Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
– George F. Will, Statecraft as Soulcraft
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 are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.
– Gertrude Stein
Americans become unhappy and vicious because their preoccupation with amassing possessions obliterates their loneliness. This is why production in America seems to be on such an endless upward spiral: every time we buy something we deepen our emotional deprivation and hence our need to buy something.
– Philip Saltier
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
– Ernest Dimnet
Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
– Edgar Watson Howe
Americans expect to eat and stay thin, to be constantly on the move and ever more neighborly...to revere God and be God.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
Americans have always had an ambivalent attitude toward intelligence. When they feel threatened, they want a lot of it, and when they don't, they regard the whole thing as somewhat immoral.
– Vernon A. Walters
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them.
– John Updike
Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.
– Yoshimi Ishikawa
Americans never quit.
– General Douglas MacArthur
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
– Eldridge Cleaver
Americans who had traveled in Europe knew the 'free' European peasants suffered considerably greater oppression and misery than did American bondsman. Modern scholarship has shown that the exploitation rate -- the percentage of the worker's production that was taken from him by his owners -- was lower among the slaves than among European peasants, that work loads were light, and that slaves actually experienced a considerable measure of personal freedom.
– Forest McDonald
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. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
– Anthony Burgess
Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
– Arnold Bennett
Amicus scientia est amicus Deus: Friend of science is the friend of God!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.
– Homer
Among all the tragic consequences of depression and war, this suppression of personal self-expression through one's life work is among the most poignant.
– Henry M. Wriston
Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
– Euripides
Among my most prized possessions are the words that I have never spoken.
– Orson Scott Card
Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.
– Miguel De Cervantes
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.
– William Golding
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can all of them make me laugh.
– W. H. Auden

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