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America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.

Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis

If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.

Author: Carlos Fuentes (1928)

Profession: Mexican Novelist, Short-Story Writer

America does not concern itself now with Impressionism. We own no involved philosophy. The psyche of the land is to be found in its movement. It is to be felt as a dramatic force of energy and vitality. We move; we do not stand still. We have not yet arrived at the stock-taking stage.

Author: Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Profession: American Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer

The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.

Author: Phil Gramm


Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.

Author: John Gunther


I have a great fear for the moral will of Americans if it takes more than a week to achieve the results.

Author: Michael S. Harper


No author, without a trial, can conceive of the difficulty of writing a romance about a country where there is no shadow, no antiquity, no mystery, no picturesque and gloomy wrong, nor anything but a commonplace prosperity, in broad and simple daylight, as is happily the case with my dear native land.

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Profession: American Novelist, Short Story Writer

By the definition accepted in the United States, any person with even a small amount of Negro Blood... is a Negro. Logically, it would be exactly as justifiable to say that any person with even a small amount of white blood is white. Why do they say one rather than the other? Because the former classification suits the convenience of those making the classification. Society, in short, regards as true those systems that produce the desired results. Science seeks only the most generally useful systems of classification; these it regards for the time being, until more useful classifications are invented, as true.

Author: S. I. Hayakawa (1902-1992)

Profession: Canadian Born American Senator, Educator

America is, therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's history shall reveal itself. It is a land of desire for all those who are weary of the historical lumber-room of Old Europe.

Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)

Profession: German Philosopher

The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

Author: A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Profession: British Poet, Classical Scholar

American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.

Author: Pico Iyer

Profession: Travel Writer

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author