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I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.

Author: Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Profession: British Comic Actor, Filmmaker

America's best buy is a telephone call to the right man.

Author: Ilka Chase (1905)

Profession: American Author, Actor

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

Author: John Ciardi (1916-1986)

Profession: American Teacher, Poet, Writer

America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

Author: Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

Profession: French Statesman

The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

America is the world's living myth. There's no sense of wrong when you kill an American or blame America for some local disaster. This is our function, to be character types, to embody recurring themes that people can use to comfort themselves, justify themselves and so on. We're here to accommodate. Whatever people need, we provide. A myth is a useful thing.

Author: Don Delillo (1926)

Profession: American Author

If its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always is depressed, and always is stagnated, and always is at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body, they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists, at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

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.

Author: Ernest Dimnet (1866-1954)

Profession: French Clergyman

I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

Author: Bob Dylan (1941)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Americans usually believe that nothing is impossible.

Author: Lawrence S. Eagleburger


The ideology of this America wants to establish reassurance through Imitation. But profit defeats ideology, because the consumers want to be thrilled not only by the guarantee of the Good but also by the shudder of the Bad.

Author: Umberto Eco (1929)

Profession: Italian Novelist and critic

There is a constant in the average American imagination and taste, for which the past must be preserved and celebrated in full-scale authentic copy; a philosophy of immortality as duplication. It dominates the relation with the self, with the past, not infrequently with the present, always with History and, even, with the European tradition.

Author: Umberto Eco (1929)

Profession: Italian Novelist and critic