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The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.
– James Fenimore Cooper
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration, from the cautious quest for what they knew (or what they thought they knew) was out there, to an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
The American ideal is youth -- handsome, empty youth.
– Henry Miller
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.
– Albert Einstein
The American male at the peak of his physical powers and appetites, driving 160 big white horses across the scenes of an increasingly open society, with weekend money in his pocket and with little prior exposure to trouble and tragedy, personifies an accident going to happen.
– John Sloan Dickey
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible.
– Van Wyck Brooks
The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.
– Archibald MacLeish
The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.
– Dan Quayle
The American people, intrenched in freedom at home, take their love for it with them wherever they go...
– William McKinley
The American sign of civic progress is to tear down the familiar and erect the monstrous.
– Shane Leslie
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
– Robert Francis Kennedy
The American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
– Gerald Ford
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
The American, if he has a spark of national feeling, will be humiliated by the very prospect of a foreigner's visit to Congress -- these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage, these persons are a reflection on the democratic process rather than of it; they expose it in its process rather than of it; they expose it in its underwear.
– Mary McCarthy
The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.
– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, author Alexis de Tocqueville
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
– Sir William Preece
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
– John Stuart Mill
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
– Barbara Sher
The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
The analytic psychotherapist thus has a threefold battle to wage -- in his own mind against the forces which seek to drag him down from the analytic level; outside the analysis, against opponents who dispute the importance he attaches to the sexual instinctual forces and hinder him from making use of them in his scientific technique; and inside the analysis, against his patients, who at first behave like opponents but later on reveal the overvaluation of sexual life which dominates them, and who try to make him captive to their socially untamed passion.
– Sigmund Freud
The anatomical juxtaposition of 2 orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.
– Dr. Henry Gibbons
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
– John F. Kennedy
The angel grows up in divine knowledge, the brute, in savage ignorance, and the son of man stands hesitating between the two.
– Persian

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