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America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.

Author: Walter Abish

Profession: Author

As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.

Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Profession: American Historian

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.

Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.

Author: Ruben Askew


It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die.

Author: Margot Asquith (1864-1945)

Profession: British Socialite

God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

The Americans are violently oral. That's why in America the mother is all-important and the father has no position at all -- isn't respected in the least. Even the American passion for laxatives can be explained as an oral manifestation. They want to get rid of any unpleasantness taken in through the mouth.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land.

Author: Philip James Bailey (1816-1902)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam...

Author: J. G. Ballard (1930)

Profession: British Author

America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin For one dollar and use it up in two weeks.

Author: John Barrymore (1882-1942)

Profession: American Actor

America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.

Author: Auguste Bartholdi


America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

Author: Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1921)

Profession: American Author

Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer