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America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.

Author: Le Monde


The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, ''The trouble with this country is...''

Author: Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)

Profession: First American Novelist to win the Nobel Prize for literature

No American worth his salt should go around looking for a root. I advance this in all modesty, as a not unreasonable opinion.

Author: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Profession: British Author, Painter

I feel most at home in the United States, not because it is intrinsically a more interesting country, but because no one really belongs there any more than I do. We are all there together in its wholly excellent vacuum.

Author: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Profession: British Author, Painter

To me Americanism means an imperative duty to be nobler than the rest of the world.

Author: Meyer London


Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.

Author: Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Profession: American Army General in WW II

America is promises to take! America is promises to us to take them.

Author: Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

Profession: American Poet

The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

Author: Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

Profession: American Poet

There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.

Author: Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Profession: American Black Leader, Activist

I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.

Author: Jacques Maritain (1882-1973)

Profession: French Philosopher

The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air.

Author: Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

Profession: American Author, Critic

America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that's 5000 millimeters off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We're in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.

Author: Thomas Mcguane


People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence.

Author: Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Profession: American Anthropologist

Perhaps I am still very much of an American. That is to say, na´ve, optimistic, gullible. In the eyes of a European, what am I but an American to the core, an American who exposes his Americanism like a sore. Like it or not, I am a product of this land of plenty, a believer in superabundance, a believer in miracles.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author