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A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Journalism over here is not only an obsession but a drawback that cannot be overrated. Politicians are frightened of the press, and in the same way as bull-fighting has a brutalizing effect upon Spain (of which she is unconscious), headlines of murder, rape, and rubbish, excite and demoralize the American public.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The establishment of democracy on the American continent was scarcely as radical a break with the past as was the necessity, which Americans faced, of broadening this concept to include black men.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden -- as an unpatriotic act -- that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America has been a land of dreams. A land where the aspirations of people from countries cluttered with rich, cumbersome, aristocratic, ideological pasts can reach for what once seemed unattainable. Here they have tried to make dreams come true. Yet now... we are threatened by a new and particularly American menace. It is not the menace of class war, of ideology, of poverty, of disease, of illiteracy, or demagoguery, or of tyranny, though these now plague most of the world. It is the menace of unreality.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio -- empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how -- has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home -- within the family, so to speak -- our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Clearly, some time ago makers and consumers of American junk food passed jointly through some kind of sensibility barrier in the endless quest for new taste sensations. Now they are a little like those desperate junkies who have tried every known drug and are finally reduced to mainlining toilet bowl cleanser in an effort to get still higher.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The history of the building of the American nation may justly be described as a laboratory experiment in understanding and in solving the problems that will confront the world tomorrow.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
This American system of ours. call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Next week Reagan will probably announce that American scientists have discovered that the entire U.S. agricultural surplus can be compacted into a giant tomato one thousand miles across, which will be suspended above the Kremlin from a cluster of U.S. satellites flying in geosynchronous orbit. At the first sign of trouble the satellites will drop the tomato on the Kremlin, drowning the fractious Muscovites in ketchup.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. There are some things in every country that you must be born to endure; and another hundred years of general satisfaction with Americans and America could not reconcile this expatriate to cranberry sauce, peanut butter, and drum majorettes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I believe no satirist could breathe this air. If another Juvenal or Swift could rise up among us tomorrow, he would be hunted down. If you have any knowledge of our literature, and can give me the name of any man, American born and bred, who has anatomized our follies as a people, and not as this or that party; and who has escaped the foulest and most brutal slander, the most inveterate hatred and intolerant pursuit; it will be a strange name in my ears, believe me.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is a constant in the average American imagination and taste, for which the past must be preserved and celebrated in full-scale authentic copy; a philosophy of immortality as duplication. It dominates the relation with the self, with the past, not infrequently with the present, always with History and, even, with the European tradition.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need. strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question: Is this all?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The suburban housewife -- she was the dream image of the young American women and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. The American housewife -- freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth, and the illnesses of her grandmother had found true feminine fulfillment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In every election in American history both parties have their clichs. The party that has the clichs that ring true wins.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear those words I say to myself, That man is a Red, that man is a Communist. You never heard a real American talk in that manner.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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