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The rising power of the United States in world affairs requires, not a more compliant press, but a relentless barrage of facts and criticism. Our job in this age, as I see it, is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate.

Author: James Reston (1909-1995)

Profession: Dutch Born American Journalist

Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.

Author: Joan Rivers (1933)

Profession: American Comedian, Talk Show Host, Actress

America is a great country, but you can't live in it for nothing.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

A trait no other nation seems to possess in quite the same degree that we do -- namely, a feeling of almost childish injury and resentment unless the world as a whole recognizes how innocent we are of anything but the most generous and harmless intentions.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.

Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA

The American people abhor a vacuum.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA

The story of Americans is the story of arrested metamorphoses. Those who achieve success come to a halt and accept themselves as they are. Those who fail become resigned and accept themselves as they are.

Author: Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978)

Profession: American Art Critic, Author

America is a young country with an old mentality.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.

Author: Chief Seattle (1786-1866)

Profession: American Indian Chief of the Suquamish

American ''energy'' is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

The quality of American life is an insult to the possibilities of human growth... the pollution of American space, with gadgetry and cars and TV and box architecture, brutalizes the senses, making gray neurotics of most of us, and perverse spiritual athletes and strident self-transcenders of the best of us.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

In America everything's about who's number one today.

Author: Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter