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I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn't got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don't believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.

Author: Freya Stark (1893-1993)

Profession: British Travel Writer

America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.

Author: Ringo Starr (1940)

Profession: The Beatles Pop Group, on Drums

Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.

Author: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Profession: American Author

The United States is just now the oldest country in the world, there always is an oldest country and she is it, it is she who is the mother of the twentieth century civilization. She began to feel herself as it just after the Civil War. And so it is a country the right age to have been born in and the wrong age to live in.

Author: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Profession: American Author

This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.

Author: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

Profession: American Author

The biggest difference between ancient Rome and the USA is that in Rome the common man was treated like a dog. In America he sets the tone. This is the first country where the common man could stand erect.

Author: I. F. Stone (1907-1989)

Profession: American Author

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

Author: Margaret Thatcher (1925)

Profession: British Stateswoman, Prime Minister (1979-90)

To us Americans much has been given; of us much is required. With all our faults and mistakes, it is our strength in support of the freedom our forefathers loved which has saved mankind from subjection to totalitarian power.

Author: Norman Thomas (1884-1968)

Profession: American Socialist Leader

America is just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson (1939)

Profession: American Journalist

Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved.

Author: Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Profession: French Social Philosopher

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.

Author: Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Profession: French Social Philosopher

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

Author: Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883)

Profession: British Economic Historian and Social Reformer

In Boston they ask, ''How much does he know?'' In New York, ''How much is he worth?'' In Philadelphia, ''Who were his parents?''

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

There isn't a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as ''American.''

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer