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Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
– Samuel Johnson
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Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...
– John Maynard Keynes
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Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
– J. Bartlett Brebner
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Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves.
– George Bush
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Americans are overreachers overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
– George Will
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Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
– George F. Will, Statecraft as Soulcraft
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
– Edgar Watson Howe
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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
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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
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Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them.
– John Updike
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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
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Americans never quit.
– General Douglas MacArthur
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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
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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
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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
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Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
– Arnold Bennett
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Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
– James Baldwin
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Amicus scientia est amicus Deus: Friend of science is the friend of God!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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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
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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
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Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
– Euripides
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