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Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
– Samuel JohnsonRate it:
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...
– John Maynard KeynesRate it:
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
– J. Bartlett BrebnerRate it:
Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves.
– George BushRate it:
Americans are overreachers overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
– George WillRate it:
Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
– George F. Will, Statecraft as SoulcraftRate it:
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 FussellRate it:
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 SteinRate it:
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 SaltierRate it:
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 DimnetRate it:
Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
– Edgar Watson HoweRate it:
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. BoorstinRate it:
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. WaltersRate it:
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them.
– John UpdikeRate it:
Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.
– Yoshimi IshikawaRate it:
Americans never quit.
– General Douglas MacArthurRate it:
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 CleaverRate it:
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 McDonaldRate it:
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 BurgessRate it:
Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
– Arnold BennettRate it:
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 BaldwinRate it:
Amicus scientia est amicus Deus: Friend of science is the friend of God!
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
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.
– HomerRate it:
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. WristonRate it:
Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
– EuripidesRate it:

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