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The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels -- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

Only Americans can hurt America.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

If we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green. If we in America have reached that point in our desperate culture when we must murder children, no matter for what reason or what color, we don't deserve to survive, and probably won t.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

America -- rather, the United States -- seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warm-hearted, over-friendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures; its people are travelers and wanderers by nature, moving, shifting, restless; swarming in Fords, in ocean liners; craving entertainment; volatile. The chuckle among the nations of the world.

Author: Edna Ferber (1887-1968)

Profession: American Author

To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history.

Author: Leslie Fiedler (1917)

Profession: American Literary Critic, educator

America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis