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I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world besides the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.

Author: Martina Navratilova (1956)

Profession: American Tennis Player

If you think the United States has stood still, who built The largest shopping center in the world?

Author: Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

Profession: Thirty-seventh President of the USA

It is impossible for a stranger traveling through the United States to tell from the appearance of the people or the country whether he is in Toledo, Ohio, or Portland, Oregon. Ninety million Americans cut their hair in the same way, eat each morning exactly the same breakfast, tie up the small girls curls with precisely the same kind of ribbon fashioned into bows exactly alike; and in every way all try to look and act as much like all the others as they can.

Author: Lord Northcliffe

Profession:

America has run the world for at least the past 50 years, and when you're at the top that long, you forget what it's like in the valley. There are 5+ billion people out there now who are willing to study harder, work harder for less money and be more industrious than we are. And we're linked to them by technology. With telecommunications, you can have your bookkeeping done in Madra, India, for less than it costs here. Today technology can replace whole new industries, so you have to stay flexible. To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.

Author: Frank Ogden

Profession:

I take space to be the central fact to man born in America. I spell it large because it comes large here. Large and without mercy.

Author: Charles Olson

Profession:

America once had the clarity of the pioneer ax.

Author: Robert Osborne

Profession:

It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

The voice of America has no undertones or overtones in it. It repeats its optimistic catchwords in a tireless monologue that has the slightly metallic sound of a gramophone.

Author: Vance Palmer (1885-1959)

Profession: Australian Author, Poet

The North American system only wants to consider the positive aspects of reality. Men and women are subjected from childhood to an inexorable process of adaptation; certain principles, contained in brief formulas are endlessly repeated by the Press, the radio, the churches, and the schools, and by those kindly, sinister beings, the North American mothers and wives. A person imprisoned by these schemes is like a plant in a flowerpot too small for it: he cannot grow or mature.

Author: Octavio Paz (1914)

Profession: Mexican Poet, Essayist

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause.

Author: Ronald Reagan (1911)

Profession: Fortieth President of the USA, Actor

It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.

Author: Ronald Reagan (1911)

Profession: Fortieth President of the USA, Actor