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No sovereign, no court, no personal loyalty, no aristocracy, no church, no clergy, no army, no diplomatic service, no country gentlemen, no palaces, no castles, nor manors, nor old country-houses, nor parsonages, nor thatched cottages nor ivied ruins; no cathedrals, nor abbeys, nor little Norman churches; no great Universities nor public schools -- no Oxford, nor Eton, nor Harrow; no literature, no novels, no museums, no pictures, no political society, no sporting class -- no Epsom nor Ascot! Some such list as that might be drawn up of the absent things in American life.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.

Author: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

Profession: Thirty-sixth President of the USA

I pray we are still a young and courageous nation, that we have not grown so old and so fat and so prosperous that all we can think about is to sit back with our arms around our money bags. If we choose to do that I have no doubt that the smoldering fires will burst into flame and consume us -- dollars and all.

Author: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

Profession: Thirty-sixth President of the USA

Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. this is not the case.

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...

Author: John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

Profession: British Economist

I can never suppose this country so far lost to all ideas of self-importance as to be willing to grant America independence; if that could ever be adopted I shall despair of this country being ever preserved from a state of inferiority and consequently falling into a very low class among the European States.

Author: King George III (1738-1820)

Profession: King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760--1820)

Knavery seems to be so much a the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.

Author: King George III (1738-1820)

Profession: King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760--1820)

America is not a democracy, it's an absolute monarchy ruled by King Kid. In a nation of immigrants, the child is automatically more of an American than his parents. Americans regard children as what Mr. Hudson in ''Upstairs, Downstairs'' called ''betters.'' Aping their betters, American adults do their best to turn themselves into children. Puerility exercises droit de seigneur everywhere.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.

Author: Henry Kissinger (1923-)

Profession: American Republican Politician, Secretary of State

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.

Author: Louis Kronenberger

Profession:

America does to me what I knew it would do: it just bumps me. The people charge at you like trucks coming down on you -- no awareness. But one tries to dodge aside in time. Bump! bump! go the trucks. And that is human contact.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author