Quotes About Americans

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

— A. E. Housman

And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said, ‘I think the challenge in Jordan – and, again, this is for the rest of the Middle East – we need to define what center is. And once we can define what center is to a Jordanian, then we can decide what’s left and what’s right of that.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

When we try to push the envelope, there are certain sectors of society that say this is a Zionist plot to sort of destabilize our country, or this is an American agenda.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

If you look at the best-seller list for American fiction, they’re all sequels to detective stories or stories about hunting serial killers. That’s what’s called American fiction these days.

— Albert Brooks

The fact that we haven’t faced another major terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11 is a very significant achievement, and one that’s easy to forget – it’s the dog that doesn’t bark.

— Alex Berenson

In the short run, using militias might be the quickest and easiest way to improve order on Iraq’s streets and uproot the terrorists and guerrillas who routinely attack American troops and civilian targets.

— Alex Berenson

For value investors, General Motors is a tempting target. The company’s share of the North American auto market has steadily declined for two decades, and analysts say the company suffers from weak management and unexciting cars.

— Alex Berenson

As a reporter, I embedded for modest stints with American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. When I’m asked about those experiences, I always say – and mean – that we civilians don’t deserve the soldiers we have.

— Alex Berenson

The Wahhabists are the boogeymen, the guys who will chop the head off any American they catch. And they will destroy Iraq without a second thought if they believe that the instability will benefit them.

— Alex Berenson

An American parliamentary system with proportional representation wouldn’t immediately or inexorably lead to a flourishing social democracy, but it would at least correct the overrepresentation of an ideological minority and cut down on intentional tactical economic sabotage.

— Alex Pareene

We’re getting the sort of ‘compromise’ American politics specializes in: the one where things are intentionally made worse for most people in the hopes that if things are made bad enough, the other side will cave.

— Alex Pareene

The Narrator of ‘A Sport and a Pastime’ is an American photographer living in a borrowed house in what he calls ‘the real France,’ Autun, a small town where he hopes to take some career-changing photographs in the spirit of Atget.

— Alexander Chee

On American TV, there just aren’t a lot of female leads in comedy, especially at the peak of all the Judd Apatow stuff.

— Alia Shawkat

William Maxwell’s my favorite North American writer, I think. And an Irish writer who used to write for ‘The New Yorker’ called Maeve Brennan, and Mary Lavin, another Irish writer. There were a lot of writers that I found in ‘The New Yorker’ in the Fifties who wrote about the same type of material I did – about emotions and places.

— Alice Munro

But to make a holiday record that involves favorite American songs and then also get to sing about Jesus birth, it just seemed like a real easy, subtle way to combine a couple of things that I love.

— Amy Grant

Look at ‘American Idol,’ which I don’t look at. Those winners haven’t become household names except for Jennifer Hudson, and she was a reject. You can’t aim to be a household name. You just have to be successful.

— Andre Leon Talley

One of Obama’s first major acts as president was to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and some of the money in that bill went to Saft.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin

With a film, you try to keep your vision in it. I think with ‘The American’ and ‘Control’ I managed to do that.

— Anton Corbijn

The focus of our public discourse has been on how American companies are competing with Japanese, German, and other foreign companies. What this allows us to ignore is how each of those American companies is really in competition with the families of the workers. That’s the real competition.

— Arlie Russell Hochschild

I definitely have an affection for detective fiction, and when I first read Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ that book and its author made an enormous impression on me as a reader and a writer, and led me to other hard-boiled American writers like Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald, among many.

— Avi

It is unacceptable that a senator or a representative in the American House of Representatives assist Afghanistan during the war and meet with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders, express his support for their war against the U.S., and be allowed to return to serve in Congress.

— Avigdor Lieberman

We seek the right to play our part in advancing the cause of national defense and national unity. But certainly, there can be no true national unity where one-tenth of the population is denied their basic rights as American citizens.

— A. Philip Randolph

I suggest that ten thousand Negroes march on Washington, D.C., the capital of the Nation, with the slogan, ‘We loyal Negro American citizens demand the right to work and fight for our country.’

— A. Philip Randolph

Through the years, I found we had Native American blood in us. My great-grandmother came from the island of Martinique, and they hooked up with the Native Americans of Louisiana.

— Aaron Neville

Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.

— Abbie Hoffman

Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.

— Abraham Lincoln

Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap – let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice.

— Abraham Lincoln

There’s an appeal to the American sense of exceptionalism, that we’re morally superior, as way to not be self-critical. I think that’s a bit dangerous.

— Al Franken

In 2003, I almost died of an intestinal blockage when I was on a mountain in Chile, filming a segment for ‘Scientific American Frontiers.’

— Alan Alda

There will never be another Ed Koch. He was an original, but he represented a significant, if shrinking, segment of American Jewry who refused to compromise their liberal values, their support for Israel or their Jewish pride.

— Alan Dershowitz

When you go back and look at American history, it’s not terribly different from Canadian history. If you weren’t self-reliant on the prairie, you wouldn’t survive.

— Alan Greenspan

There’s nothing that could get me interested in Hollywood again. And, increasingly, there’s nothing that could get me interested in the American comics industry again.

— Alan Moore

No, I’m not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I’m after is just a mediocre brain, something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

— Alan Turing

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ‘Gentlemen’ to the person with whom he is conversing.

— Alexis de Tocqueville

I’m sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power.

— Alice Walker

I’m tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro – that’s the Scotch-Irish part.

— Alice Walker

If people want to keep their kid on their insurance at 26, fine. We’ve got to make sure no American gets turned back for pre-existing conditions, that’s fine.

— Allen West

Consul – in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.

— Ambrose Bierce

I am an American, steeped in American values. But I know on an emotional level what it means to be of the Chinese culture.

— Amy Tan

There is this myth, that America is a melting pot, but what happens in assimilation is that we end up deliberately choosing the American things – hot dogs and apple pie – and ignoring the Chinese offerings.

— Amy Tan

I remember when Meryl Streep did an ad for American Express, the press harassed her.

— Andie MacDowell

We just assumed that Walter Cronkite was unbiased. In hindsight, it is clear that Walter Cronkite was biased and that he used feigned objectivity as the cudgel to change the American narrative from being a right of center one to being a left of center one.

— Andrew Breitbart

Houston is my team, always and forever. But with the new TV packages, it’s so easy to watch every league in the world, and my overseas fandom is driven by the American guys. If Sunderland’s on TV, I’ll watch Jozy Altidore. I try to watch Geoff Cameron at Stoke. When Clint Dempsey was at Tottenham, I watched a lot of his games.

— Andrew Luck

I look at American movies, the big muscles, and try to apply that to Chinese film-making.

— Ang Lee

I’m very aware of my own background. I’m Irish, French, and then a little bit of everything else thrown in, ranging from German to Native American. We’re talking about tiny drops of blood.

— Anne Hathaway

The American way is to not need help, but to help.

— Anne Lamott

We are now integrated into American society and I don’t like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it’s going to pass. It’s not like that anymore.

— Antonio Banderas

My American audiences are pretty mixed. I get all sorts of people, old and young. It’s nice.

— Aretha Franklin

Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn’t Democratic or Republican it’s American.

— Arlen Specter

American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend.

— Arlen Specter

Everybody can’t have the life of a normal, average American person in India – they can’t. So, it’s about egalitarianism. It’s about sharing things more equally. It’s about access to natural resources.

— Arundhati Roy

Cost is the spectre haunting health reform. For many decades, the great flaw in the American health-care system was its unconscionable gaps in coverage.

— Atul Gawande

An Englishmen thinks seated a Frenchmen standing an American pacing, an Irishman, afterwards.

— Austin O’Malley

Much of what we consider the American way of life is rooted in the period of remarkably broad, shared economic growth, from around 1900 to about 1978.

— Adam Davidson

For many years, the work advanced but slowly. One denomination after another embarked in the undertaking and now, American missionaries are seen in almost every land and every clime.

— Adoniram Judson

The thing is there have been American movies that are similar to Solaris, like Alien had a lot of things that are similar, although it’s also got the horror element.

— Alex Winter

In the early ’90s when the American independent movie started, it held personal vision as a premium. That was brilliant timing.

— Allison Anders

It’s a cliche, but Americans are puritanical. In their movies, they are scared of sex, but they overindulge in violence. I could have cut a G-rated version of ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ that would have pleased the American ratings board, but it would have been five minutes long.

— Alfonso Cuaron

The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted a fundamental shift in the American government’s approach to Islamic terrorism.

— Amy Waldman

Some grocery stores began using electronic scanners as early as 1976, and the devices have been in general use in American supermarkets for a decade.

— Andrew Rosenthal

Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but there isn’t an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the case simply because the English language opens the whole world to the American cinema.

— Andrzej Wajda

Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment to the extent of something like 95 percent. As a result, audiences turned away from the kinds of films that we used to make.

— Andrzej Wajda

In the first years after the systemic transition, our screens showed American entertainment that had not been available before, or had been available only sporadically.

— Andrzej Wajda

I’m definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there’s no doubt about that.

— Anne Rice

I always felt slightly grubbier than most American people. I was never quite as groomed as everyone else, never quite as fit as anyone else. I didn’t have my protein shake and my vitamins.

— Ashley Jensen

Right now my career is totally schizophrenic, because when an American production like Hitchcock Presents asks to see my work I would never dream of showing them my independent films.

— Atom Egoyan

My earliest memories of horror are ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ and ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’… and ‘Hatchet’ is so obviously inspired by those films that I may as well have made it in 1984.

— Adam Green

We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters. This was a unique situation.

— Adolf Galland

If we would have had the 262 at our disposal – even with all the delays – if we could have had in ’44, ah, let’s say three hundred operational, that day we could have stopped the American daytime bombing offensive, that’s for sure.

— Adolf Galland

When the first settlers landed on American shores, the difficulties in finding or making shelter must have seemed ironical as well as almost unbearable.

— Alice Morse Earle

The first and most natural way of lighting the houses of the American colonists, both in the North and South, was by the pine-knots of the fat pitch-pine, which, of course, were found everywhere in the greatest plenty in the forests.

— Alice Morse Earle

A triumph in which Kissinger could claim to have played some little part, in the presidential elections that November, President Richard Nixon had won the second greatest landslide in American history. Forty-seven million Americans had voted for him – and for his and Kissinger’s policies – representing more than 60 percent of all the votes cast.

— Alistair Horne

My message to the Americans, to the American President, is that I am coming from Poland, which is in good shape it is much different than ten years ago when last state visit from Poland was here in the United States.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

After so many years, I feel more American than anything else, but I’m also Romanian and whatever other oddities of temperament I picked up elsewhere, in Transylvania or France, for instance. These days, everybody is both an exile and a resident – they don’t call it the global village for nothing.

— Andrei Codrescu

During my childhood in Cyprus, the British talked about the Cypriots as if the Cypriots were outsiders in their own country. And even though I was born in Cyprus, my parents were American, and so I was an outsider in the land of my birth.

— Angela Bowie

Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost.

— Anne Stevenson

In the winter of 1973, the American POWs held captive in Vietnam were released according to the terms of the Paris Peace Accords.

— Annie Jacobsen

I had a dialect coach to get an American accent, and then another dialect coach to come off it a bit. There is something deep and mysterious in the voice when it isn’t too high-pitched American.

— Archie Panjabi

Rap actually took root in the Negro community, and then in the Hispanic community, long before it impacted on the larger American community as a whole.

— Archie Shepp

The authentic Gullah dialect is actually very clipped, and so it would sound almost Jamaican and be very odd to an American audience’s ears. It’s not the typical Southern dialect that we’re used to.

— Audra McDonald

The authentic Gullah dialect is actually very clipped, and so it would sound almost Jamaican and be very odd to an American audience’s ears. It’s not the typical Southern dialect that we’re used to. It has a much more percussive rhythm to it.

— Audra McDonald

I wouldn’t mind being in an American film for a laugh, but I certainly don’t want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean.

— Audrey Tautou

I finally returned to Iran in 1979, when I got my degree in English and American literature, and stayed for 18 years in the Islamic republic.

— Azar Nafisi

I am American. If you drop me in Seoul, I don’t think I’m going to thrive there.

— Awkwafina

By the ’40s, Sam Goldwyn is a very serious man. By the ’50s, he’s the dean of American producers. To the end, he was Hollywood’s gray eminence.

— A. Scott Berg

I like my subjects to be American, and not too dead, so I can interview people who knew them.

— A. Scott Berg

I had experiences or exposure to music in church. I went to a church, it was very unique. It was a predominantly African American Catholic church. So they would have – one mass would be traditional church music, and then the other mass would be gospel music.

— Aaron Diehl

I’m actually half Brit and half American. I have a British father and an American mother, but as far as I’m aware, no Middle Eastern blood.

— Adam Rayner

I’ve done shows that aired on American TV, but none of them proved to be successful, so yes, no one here knows who I am.

— Adam Rayner

British audiences tend to want to see their own lives reflected on TV, whereas American audiences are quite aspirational and enjoy high-concept shows that show them lives that are perhaps slightly more exciting than they aspire to.

— Adam Rayner

Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality he carried the American flag.

— Adrian Cronauer

I feel a little schizophrenic because my life is so totally different from here, obviously. And the French values are so different from American values.

— Adrian Lyne

I get a lot of dark scripts now. I don’t wanna be stuck doing movies like American Pie. For someone my age, once you get started doing them, it’s hard to get out.

— Agnes Bruckner

A jazz tune, melody, or composition is usually based on either a traditional twelve-bar, eight-bar, or four-bar blues chorus or on the thirty-two-bar chorus of the American popular song.

— Albert Murray

I’m a huge Rugby Union fan, which is a bit like American football – but tougher.

— Alexander Hanson

I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17. They told me, ‘No.’

— Amber Riley

As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.

— Alistair Cooke

I see myself as part English and part American, with a dash of Irish thrown in, and a pinch of Italian from my mother’s ancestry.

— Allegra Huston

For the Archivist, this role is a result of his obligation to preserve and assure timely and maximum access to our governmental records in the evolving historic saga of the American people.

— Allen Weinstein

Inspired by the purse rather than the soul, the mercenary side fairly screams in many of the works put out by every day American publishers.

— Alma Gluck

No matter how American I become, I’m considered part of the Chinese community by my own family.

— Anchee Min

The American people ask, and legitimately so, why should we carry the heavy burden to ensure international peace and stability. You also profit from it, so you should also take your share in the burden. That’s Secretary Gates’s message. I share that message.

— Anders Fogh Rasmussen

When I started playing the bass, I became kind of fascinated by it and started investigating various styles of bass playing, and I was really struck with funk music, mainly American funk music – Stanley Clarke, Funkadelic and that kind of stuff. That comes out in a couple of songs like ‘Barbarism Begins at Home.’

— Andy Rourke

For the most part, the American film market has become very corporatised, even independent film to a degree, and because of the corporate management mentality, they want to take the safe way.

— Anthony LaPaglia

My father was among the first of his generation to look into writers who’ve become part of the American lit. canon. When he wrote his master’s thesis on William Faulkner in the Forties, he couldn’t find anybody on the faculty at Columbia University to oversee it because they didn’t read Faulkner.

— Antonya Nelson

I have found that many other countries will buy off on anything American. As much as they hate us, they want to be us more than anything.

— April Winchell

Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx.

— Arthur Hertzberg

It would be hard to exaggerate Ernest Hemingway’s influence over American literature, but his influence on our lives is probably larger still.

— Arthur Phillips

Natural gas is the one fuel that we have that’s affordable, it’s scaleable, it can replace coal over time, it can replace imported oil, can create American jobs.

— Aubrey McClendon

Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter.

— Al Spalding

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think of who have come from a background of rural poverty and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.

— Alden Nowlan

Nationality is a very curious thing. The blood is Scots and the temperament is Scots, but I am, in fact, 100% American.

— Alexander Mackendrick

Americans are very patriotic and they want someone to support. In order to entice more fans, and to allow F1 to compete with Nascar and IndyCar, there needs to be an American driver.

— Alexander Rossi

Corporate America doesn’t really have an interest in Formula One because there is nothing American in it at this point. It is European and all made by Europeans. Until that changes, the interest isn’t going to be at the level it needs to be.

— Alexander Rossi

When you review the Central American wars or other Latin American wars, you find that there were dictators and there were insurgents.

— Alvaro Uribe

I don’t really know how it feels for an American to go to Mexico, but if you come from Germany, Mexico is a really exotic place. It has this laid back vibe, at least in the countryside, and things don’t seem to be as over-civilized as they are here in Europe.

— Apparat

Who cares about that stuff? This is America, not Jerusalem. I’m an American. Let Harry be a Jew.

— Arnold Rothstein

No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is too much anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.

— Arthur Lydiard

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

— Barack Obama

We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. That’s not leadership that’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us. It’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq – and we should have learned it by now.

— Barack Obama

Whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship.

— Barack Obama

Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.

— Barbara Jordan

When I began to think about the head of the family, the storyteller, the rise of television which became the new storyteller, the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came.

— Barry Levinson

You know, when I did ‘American Idol’ the three times, I tried to tell these kids you have to tell the story of the lyric.

— Barry Manilow

These days, with ‘American Idol’ and all the other reality shows, young people become famous overnight, and that can be very difficult to handle, the way photographers follow you around and study your every move.

— Barry Manilow

The NSA is forbidden to ‘target’ American citizens, green-card holders or companies for surveillance without an individual warrant from a judge.

— Barton Gellman

In late 2003, the Bush administration reversed a long-standing policy requiring agents to destroy their files on innocent American citizens, companies and residents when investigations closed.

— Barton Gellman

It turns out that American Express honors recurring payments even if the vendor is unable to supply an accurate card number and expiration date. An Amex phone representative said this is a feature, not a bug, which makes sure my bills are paid.

— Barton Gellman

The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.

— Bashar al-Assad

If the United States had maintained its spending under Ronald Reagan, it is possible that the attacks of 9/11 – presaged by Islamic terror attacks on multiple American targets beginning with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 – would have been stopped.

— Ben Shapiro

President Obama is perhaps the most ideologically-motivated president in American history. But according to the ultimate authority, Barack Obama, he’s a mere pragmatist.

— Ben Shapiro

Vice President Joe Biden believes that illegal immigrants are citizens. Obama believes that some Americans who join Islamist groups are citizens, while others are not. Who is an American? Whomever the executive branch deems an American. Who isn’t? It depends on whether Obama ate his Wheaties or not.

— Ben Shapiro

The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack.

— Benazir Bhutto

You know, I’m just not going to get into American politics.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

In this nation, the greatest of all nations, there are no second-class families. That is our great American conviction.

— Benjamin Todd Jealous

Coal and oil lobbyists added fossil fuels to a bill aimed at helping American manufacturers, so they too could claim ‘manufacturing’ tax deductions.

— Bernie Sanders

Yes, we become stronger when black and whites, Latino, Asian American, Native American, when all of us stand together.

— Bernie Sanders

In 2009, UnitedHealth, a leading insurance company, paid $350 million to settle lawsuits brought by the American Medical Association and other physician groups for shortchanging consumers and physicians for medical services outside its preferred network.

— Bernie Sanders

In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.

— Bill Gates

Des Moines is like your typical American city it’s just these concentric circles of malls, built outward from the city.

— Bill Bryson

I’m definitely an American, because I grew up here. But I’ve lived very happily in Britain.

— Bill Bryson

Yes, U.S. travelers dress better. The British are always so conspicuous in hot climates. They don’t seem to wear shorts. American men seem to be comfortable wearing hot-weather clothing.

— Bill Bryson

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.

— Bill Cosby

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.

— Bill Gates

American nuclear reactors are well into middle age. The median age of an operating reactor in the U.S. is 34 years, placing start-up in midst of the Carter administration.

— Bill Dedman

Yeah, I think that’s sort of the American way. And it’s also the Polish way, it turns out.

— Bill Murray

One of the downsides of being famous is that folks pay far more attention to you than they should. American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny. So, be careful what you wish for if you desire fame. No human being should be a goldfish.

— Bill O’Reilly

Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.

— Billy Graham

The white people should go back to Europe, and the country should be returned to the American Indians. This is the future I would like to see for the so-called United States.

— Bobby Fischer

I just like the United States, and I like being an American.

— Bobby Knight

Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944, saved – saved millions of American lives.

— Bobby Knight

I’m just interested in all of the different ways that a woman can be. We don’t have enough, when it comes to American film, that shows all of the different complexities and ways that a woman is interesting and mysterious and dynamic and really complicated.

— Brie Larson

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.

— Barbara Kruger

We must use all the tools of American power in resolving disputes, including diplomacy. And we must have sufficient congressional debate and oversight before ever putting another U.S. solider in harm’s way.

— Barbara Lee

I believe that the real difference in the American church is not between conservatives and liberals, fundamentalists and charismatics, nor between Republicans and Democrats. The real difference is between the aware and the unaware.

— Brennan Manning

There is a shortage of doctors, and the American Medical Association is aiming to keep it that way.

— Barry Ritholtz

We’ve all been influenced by American naturalism, and to ignore that entirely would be impossible for me as someone who works primarily in film.

— Ben Foster

I feel empowered to be a different kind of writer. The longer I stay here, the more light filters into my work. I feel very American. I belong.

— Bharati Mukherjee

There was no audience for my books. The Indians didn’t regard me as an Indian and North Americans couldn’t conceive of me of a North American writer, not being white and brought up on wheat germ. My fiction got lost.

— Bharati Mukherjee

From the depths of the Pacific to the deserts of Iraq, more than a million American soldiers, Airmen, midshipmen, and Marines have laid down their lives for their friends, their families and our nation.

— Bill Flores

The Republican Study Committee was started and has grown to be sure that we create and promote, advance and execute conservative policies for the betterment of hard-working American families.

— Bill Flores

Since ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ or thereabouts, it seemed that all American literature was about the alienated hero.

— Bobbie Ann Mason

The Obama presidency, and liberalism in general, are based on not trusting the American people – a belief that big government is better for people.

— Bobby Jindal

I’m a huge, huge fan of almost everything British. I love ‘The Office’ – I was a faithful follower of that show before the American version.

— Brad Paisley

Graham Greene, as I understand it, was quite outspoken in his criticism of American foreign policy.

— Brendan Fraser

Movies are the biggest export in the world, the biggest American export. It influences people all over the world.

— Brett Ratner

I see our veterans as American heroes, not as cartoon characters.

— Blake Farenthold

Running on the pledge to end two wars, President Obama has the country entangled in three: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and that doesn’t include the American’s foray into Libya.

— Blake Farenthold

Although it was created with the best of intentions, the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has become one of the worst and most costly boondoggles ever foisted on the American public.

— Bob Beauprez

In choosing Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney made a fantastic choice and a bold statement to the American people.

— Bob Beauprez

When the American people elected Barack Obama and large Democrat majorities, the die was cast. ObamaCare was coming. Popular or not, constitutional or not, affordable or not, it didn’t matter.

— Bob Beauprez

If you make a film too American, it won’t travel. It will have no life outside of its own country.

— Baltasar Kormakur

We were from totally different social backgrounds. This is what is very hard for an American to understand, but we could have been five guys from Mars.

— Bill Bruford

The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer.

— Ben Nighthorse Campbell

For ‘King Cole’s American Salvage,’ I rode around in the wrecker with a local driver and watched him deal with customers and hook up the cars. I watched the guy who tore apart the cars in the junkyard. I also wrote poems about those guys. I loved hanging around the yard.

— Bonnie Jo Campbell

I think the women – Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu – are doing new conceptual things and using their voices to create new American music.

— Boz Scaggs

Most of the American skyjackers who fled abroad eventually elected to return to the United States, having tired of life on the lam. These homecomings typically involved prearranged surrenders to the FBI, in the hopes of earning lenient sentences.

— Brendan I. Koerner

Particularly during the late 1960s, a large number of American skyjackers earnestly believed that Fidel Castro’s Cuba was an egalitarian, post-racial utopia.

— Brendan I. Koerner

Barkley was the first of many American skyjackers whose primary interest was money by 1972, the majority of the nation’s hijackings would involve demands for ransom. Barkley himself was declared incompetent to stand trial in November 1971, at which point he was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Georgia.

— Brendan I. Koerner

Mystical groups such as the Theosophical Society and the Rosicrucians turned tarot into an American fad during the early 1900s. Many American tarot practitioners use a set of cards known as the Waite-Smith deck, created in 1909 by A.E. Waite, a British member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the artist Pamela Colman Smith.

— Brendan I. Koerner

After college, I wanted to learned about myself as an American, so I left the United States and went to Japan.

— Bruce Feiler

Both of our wars in Iraq were, on American television, largely bloodless.

— Bruce Jackson

We’re dealing with whether we’re going to accept the idea of socialism and Marxism and atheism. Or go back to the American way, Judeo-Christian values, which meritocracy is part of it. The idea that content and character and talent are colorblind.

— Burgess Owens

Diary of a Teenage Girl’ was my first American movie. It was my first movie in an American accent. It’s based on a graphic novel, which was written in 2002 by someone called Phoebe Gloeckner. It was turned into a play by Marielle Heller, who then wrote it as a screenplay for Sundance Labs.

— Bel Powley

I’d say the majority of my friends are Australians, although I have some good American friends, but I think with Aussies, we just get it. We don’t take each other too seriously, which is a relief.

— Bella Heathcote

The radio’s pretty much always on, and I also listen to some American podcasts, such as for ‘National Public Radio’ and ‘Newsweek’.

— Ben Schott

A great deal of American T.V. viewed on Hulu, which is superb – ’30 Rock’, for instance, is on very good form.

— Ben Schott

In America, you’re just an American. You’re accepted. It doesn’t matter that you’re of whatever race. If anything, I’m British, and that’s it. So let’s just get on with it, really.

— Benedict Wong

A world in which others controlled the course of their own development, would be a world in which the American system would be seriously endangered.

— Benjamin Cohen

If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over.

— Bill Kristol

Romney has to convince the American public that they need to do something they’re not usually inclined to do – replace a sitting president with a challenger. And unlike in 1980 and 1992, when the public was persuaded to do just that, the incumbent president has not been weakened by a primary opponent.

— Bill Kristol

I think the industry finally gets it. They’ve lost the connection with the American public, and they’ve got to rebuild the trust with the American public.

— Billy Tauzin

If we invest in the American people, the American people always bring this Nation a good return.

— Blanche Lincoln

Most of us complain about Congress. We say it’s a place that doesn’t reflect us they don’t listen to us. Actually, Congress well reflects the American people. It gives us exactly what we ask for.

— Bob Inglis

It is my privilege to have introduced House Resolution 1612 honoring the Constitution of the United States, and the freedoms and rights it has given to every American.

— Bob Latta

I’d have to fight for an Australian role over an American actor, and I already have to do that overseas, so why would I have to do it back at home?

— Bojana Novakovic

I think what it means to be an ‘American Girl,’ and what I wrote the song about, is our freedoms. The idea that we as Americans can be what we want to be and say what we want to say and that we take it for granted.

— Bonnie McKee

I came from a state where 35 percent self-identify as Tea Partiers, so I’m a bit distorted perhaps in my appreciation for the larger American population.

— Brad Carson

While it may be true that the UAE has been an ally since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the American people know it has also harbored and aided some of the al Qaeda agents who were involved in that attack.

— Bart Gordon

No, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American.

— Ben Cardin

I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions.

— Ben Cardin

I certainly know German colleagues in the U.S. who try to be Americans, try to melt into Americanism, even before they get married and become American citizens. But I’ve never tried that.

— Bernhard Schlink

I should think just about every young writer – which I was at the time – would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird fiction, he was at the top of the class.

— Brian Lumley

American writers, at least those of us who are fortunate enough to support ourselves in the field, are by and large a lucky lot.

— Bryan Burrough

The male image has been so pulled down by situation comedy in the last 15 years, it is frightening. I don’t like what has happened to the American male.

— Bill Bixby

My grandfather and dad worked at General American Transportation Corp. in Chicago, a company that made tank cars and freight cars. We had a pragmatic, Republican, manufacturing, Illinois consciousness as far as employment went.

— Bill Moseley

Well, I actually wrote her a letter a couple of days ago congratulating her. The tone I tried to convey in the letter is, look, you are a part of a great American historical process.

— Bruce Babbitt

In television, the audience has to be comfortable with you, and I’ve managed to prove that I can be in American homes to some degree, and not necessarily where everyone knows me, either.

— Bruce Boxleitner

Nowhere in this country should we have laws that permit drinking and driving or drinking in vehicles that are on American highways. This is not rocket science. We know how to prevent this, and 36 states do.

— Byron Dorgan

The Bush Administration and the Congress have to stop ignoring this crisis in international trade. The longer we ignore it, the more American jobs will move overseas. It’s just that simple.

— Byron Dorgan

The North American intellectual tradition began, I maintain, in the encounter of British Romanticism with assertive, pragmatic North American English – the Protestant plain style in both the U.S. and Canada, with its no-nonsense Scottish immigrants.

— Camille Paglia

What has been forgotten is that there were major intellectual breakthroughs in the 1960s, thanks to North American writers of an older generation. There was a rupture in continuity, since most young people influenced by those breakthroughs did not enter the professions.

— Camille Paglia

We need to be very well aware of the fact that China and Russia are using technology to attack us, just as ISIS is using technology to recruit those who would murder American citizens.

— Carly Fiorina

American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.

— Carrie Underwood

I’ve got cattle on 4,000 acres about 100 miles east of Dallas, but I’ve also got another 65-acre ranch where I raise American miniature horses.

— Carroll Shelby

The U.S. is an optimistic nation. No candidate has ever won the American presidency by speaking primarily to people’s deepest fears and by manufacturing a sense of apocalypse – that our leaders ‘can’t do anything right,’ that things are utterly falling apart.

— Cass Sunstein

The great thing about not being American is that you don’t assume you know what a Southern accent sounds like, so you have to be specific.

— Cate Blanchett

In the battle of Kunu-ri, more than 5,000 American soldiers were killed, wounded or taken as prisoners of war. Ninety percent of my unit was killed.

— Charles B. Rangel

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.

— Charles Caleb Colton

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

— Charles Darwin

Atrazine – a herbicide often used on corn fields, golf courses and even lawns – has become one of the most common contaminants in American drinking water.

— Charles Duhigg

Between 1857 and 1929, while regulators largely stood idle, the American economy swung through 19 national boom-and-bust gyrations that sometimes threatened to wipe out whole industries within months.

— Charles Duhigg

That we are to stand by the President right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

— Charlie Sheen

Sure, I did a lot of things in excess. But if you look at the core, the foundation of what I pursued, what red-blooded young American male in my position wouldn’t?

— Charlie Sheen

New York – that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Just about every Latin American country has sent players to the big leagues, from the Dominican Republic to Costa Rica.

— Cheech Marin

I’ve always wanted to be able to say that I come from Los Angeles, California and feel quintessentially American – even if I said that in Spanish.

— Cheech Marin

Bowling really was a big American sport in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and then it kind of died off in the ’80s.

— Chris Hardwick

One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring.

— Christopher Hitchens

You can be a Polish American, or an Arab American, or a Greek American but you can’t be English American. Why not?

— Christopher Hitchens

Foreign policy will require a strategic agility that, whenever possible, gets ahead of problems, strengthens U.S. security and alliances, and promotes American interests and credibility.

— Chuck Hagel

Well, Mr Obama inherited probably the biggest inventory of problems, certainly foreign policy problems, than any American president ever has. I think the entire inventory of problems that he inherited is probably as big overall as any president, certainly since Franklin Roosevelt and maybe, in some cases, worse.

— Chuck Hagel

Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant.

— Conor Oberst

While not a panacea for the nation’s illegal immigration problems, employer sanctions are one necessary means of stopping the exploitation of vulnerable workers and the undercutting of American jobs and living standards.

— Coretta Scott King

When American citizens pull together, there is little we can’t accomplish.

— Cory Booker

Hamilton’ is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on a stage, and for a guy who loves American history, hip-hop and theater, it was pure bliss.

— Cory Booker

What happens once you get a felony conviction? Now you are entering this American caste system where you can’t get a job, you can’t get a loan, you can’t get a Pell grant, you can’t get public housing.

— Cory Booker

It was a really big deal to become an American citizen the right way. You have to work really hard, and it is such an honor to be able to say that.

— Camila Alves

It has seemed, at times, like American carmakers think car buyers are so blindly loyal that they will keep coming back – despite the sticker shock – for crummy cars that guzzle gas, fall apart too soon, and cost too much to repair.

— Campbell Brown

In ‘The Founders,’ his new book about top charter schools, Richard Whitmire traces both the ‘revolution’ these schools brought about in many American cities as well as a parallel phenomenon, ‘the charter pushback campaigns.’

— Campbell Brown

American actresses have more problems than I do I’m lucky to be able to play what I want for a smaller audience, because I have my own country to do that in.

— Carice van Houten

The American people know that our economy is struggling right now, partly because of the debt that is impacting American families, hardworking taxpayers all across this country.

— Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Ted Cruz is not the official spokesman for American conservatism. If you want somebody who has been out there, who has offered an alternative – the person who offered an alternative, for example, is… Paul Ryan.

— Charles Krauthammer

I’ve got a collection of songs that I’ve had, I keep adding to and they’re all great American composers. I wanted to showcase American composers and I’ve done that on a lot of my records and played things by American composers that I really respect.

— Charlie Haden

European films were what it was about for me – the sensations I needed, the depth, the storytelling, the characters, the directors, and the freedom that you can’t really find in American films.

— Charlotte Rampling

We hear foreign accents on CNN. It’s crazy, it’s wild, who knows, maybe they’ll take you because you certainly don’t fit in, in the American spectrum of news.

— Christiane Amanpour

We actually know that our crumbling pipelines, roads, and bridges are ticking time bombs. That is why President Obama and Congressional Democrats have pushed to fund jobs that repair our roads, runways, and railways – we can’t have first rate American communities with third-world American infrastructure.

— Christine Pelosi

It’s very American, making a lot of money.

— Claire McCaskill

Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation.

— C. L. R. James

In Sweden, they broadcast the American shows in English with Swedish subtitles, whereas in many European countries they dub them. Watching those shows in English was big for me.

— Carl Hagelin

Let me say this, to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little tiny, yes, porky amendments – the American people really don’t care.

— Chuck Schumer

If an American audience is given a serious musical theater piece that is well produced, dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted, they’ll respond to it.

— Carlisle Floyd

All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.

— Conrad Black

At least 80 percent of American prisoners are grossly over-sentenced. The Supreme Court knows this, but shows scant concern for this human side of criminal justice.

— Conrad Black

58% of the American public are with us. We’re preaching to the choir, but the choir’s not singing, if all of the 58% started singing, this war would end.

— Cindy Sheehan

I play American football every Saturday, which I find calming.

— Chad Harbach

Without Social Security, poverty rates for African American seniors would more than double.

— Chaka Fattah

I’ve played American, Italian, Greek, French. I’ve been really lucky that way.

— Chita Rivera

I’m half-Armenian. Even though my grandparents did not discuss the genocide, and my father – like many sons and daughters of immigrants – wanted to be as ‘American’ as possible, I was always aware of it. How could I not be?

— Chris Bohjalian

American culture is not about experiencing our shame, it’s about denying it. It’s been that way our whole history.

— Chris Jordan

The logical man must either deny all miracles or none, and our American Indian myths and hero stories are perhaps, in themselves, quite as credible as those of the Hebrews of old.

— Charles Eastman

I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.

— Charles Olson

We owe each other a debt and we owe each other an obligation, and because of these fundamental American imperatives, there are things that we own in common with each other, and that we are obliged to protect for our posterity. The water. The trees. The wild places in the land. We lose sight of these truths sometimes.

— Charlie Pierce

The murder of John Kennedy in broad daylight in the streets of an American city remains, to me, an unsolved crime.

— Charlie Pierce

Undeniably the American art form, too. And yet more and more, we see films made that diminish the American experience and example. And sometimes trash it completely.

— Charlton Heston

I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican-I’m an American, I’m a human.

— Chely Wright

Usually, I’ll be auditioning for the third lead, and there will be Latina actresses, Indian actresses, African American actresses because it will be like, ‘Let’s check off this box. We have our lead white girl, and we need an ethnic slot.’

— Constance Wu

The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do.

— Carl Bernstein

I hope someday to see California literature become a part of mainstream American literature, and I hope to be part of that process.

— Carolyn See

To begin with, I’ve always known that I was a little bit different. And, I have a lot of relatives who own farms. I grew up in the American South where political issues and issues of justice were at the forefront. What I do now is a combination of all these factors.

— Cary Fowler

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz.

— Cassandra Wilson

I read mostly Irish, African, Japanese, South American, and African writers. You can count on Scandinavian literature for a certain kind of darkness, a modern mythic style.

— Chris Abani

If we are wondering why only 19 percent of the American people feel that the Congress is in tune with their priorities, the cuts in Amtrak is one blatant reason why.

— Corrine Brown

Once again, we see the Bush administration paying for its failed policies by cutting funds to vital public services and jeopardizing more American jobs.

— Corrine Brown

This story, I predict, will grow to be worse than Watergate. The American people need to have the answers.

— Curt Weldon

Gore Vidal has been a friend of mine for years, and he’s one of the greatest writers in American history.

— Cybill Shepherd

Before I won ‘American Idol,’ I’d never been in a professional studio at all. I’m getting more used to it. I’m really weird, though: I sing way better in a crowd of 3,000. It’s easier than singing in front of 2.

— Candice Glover

My boyfriend – Matt Kaplan – is American, so any time I’m unsure of how to say something, I say, ‘Hey how do you say this?’ and he yells it out.

— Claire Holt

If you destroyed the underpinnings of this great American sport, you are a hated, ugly, detestable person.

— Curt Flood

I didn’t understand the American fascination with the Japanese schoolgirl. No, I don’t think I can, really.

— Chiaki Kuriyama

People have no tolerance. They think all bugs are bad. It’s the American way. If you don’t like something, kill it.

— Carl Olson

At age 14, coming to the U.S., all I knew was American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, and some of the European companies. I barely knew anything about Balanchine.

— Carla Korbes

I’m in kind of a strange position – I have a strong Australian career and a strong British career. Then there’s the American career. For every movie I do here, I do two somewhere else. I bounce back and forth between the three places.

— Caroline Goodall

Is there any reason why the American people should be taxed to guarantee the debts of banks, any more than they should be taxed to guarantee the debts of other institutions, including merchants, the industries, and the mills of the country?

— Carter Glass

None of the European girls, including Anita Ekberg, has anything not found on American girls as well.

— Cleo Moore

My Norwegian family says, ‘You’re the most grounded American we’ve ever met.’

— Celeste Holm

France loves American cinema because when an American remake is successful, it makes us money to produce more French films.

— Clotilde Hesme

Dr. Margaret Oda, a true trailblazer in education, served as Honolulu school district superintendent and was the driving force behind the middle-school concept and the first chairwoman of the Japanese American National Museum.

— Colleen Hanabusa

In terms of ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Nashville,’ what attracted me to those, and ‘Friday Night Lights,’ for that matter, is that they felt like something innovative and something that we hadn’t seen before. As an actor, that’s exciting.

— Connie Britton

American Idol’ is a $900 million-a-year corporation. When you are dealing with that, you can’t come off with lies – it’s either the truth or nothing.

— Corey Clark

British fans are exceptional, but the American fans are something else. Some of them fly 500 miles to stand in line for three hours, just to meet me, then when they do they collapse.

— Craig Charles

A British porch is a musty, forbidding non-room in which to fling a sodden umbrella or a muddy pair of boots a guard against the elements and strangers. By contrast the good ol’ American front porch seems to stand for positivity and openness a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell a place where things of significance could happen.

— Dan Stevens

In a way, the American side descended to Saddam’s level, which happens often in these types of circumstances. That is why the people in Iraq do not accept the current state of affairs.

— Dario Fo

The American grips himself, at the very sources of his consciousness, in a grip of care: and then, to so much of the rest of life, is indifferent. Whereas, the European hasn’t got so much care in him, so he cares much more for life and living.

— D. H. Lawrence

Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it’s such a horribly American word, and it’s such a vamp and, I think it’s a death trap.

— Daniel Berrigan

Where I come from, it was a heresy to say you wanted to be in movies, leave alone American movies.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

If you ask what people say what American cuisine is, they cannot really do it. I don’t know what it is.

— David Chang

This is so American, man: either make something your God and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it.

— David Foster Wallace

Once enough Americans reacquaint themselves with Americanism, we should promote it to all countries just as the Left promotes leftism and Muslims promote Islam. One need not be American to affirm Americanism.

— Dennis Prager

Most American elementary schools and high schools, and nearly all colleges and universities, teach everything that is significant from a liberal/Left perspective.

— Dennis Prager

I believe I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. Am I either one? Absolutely not. Ladies and gentlemen, I am an American.

— David Letterman

President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN to wage war, and I’m thinking, well, hell, he didn’t need the approval of the American voters to become president, either.

— David Letterman

No American conservative has ever argued that the government should never be involved in peoples’ lives. That is anarchy, and we don’t argue for that.

— Dennis Prager

It’s hard for a Jew of my generation, an American Jew, who is philo-Zionistic, not to romanticize Israel.

— David Mamet

No, I’ve always been impressed with the tremendous resilience of the American economy. I think over the years, over the decades, it’s demonstrated this tremendous ability to take severe body blows, if you will, and bounce back.

— Dick Cheney

We thought I was going to be a great athlete, and we were wrong, and I thought I was going to be a great entertainer, and that wasn’t it either. I’m going to be an American Citizen. First class.

— Dick Gregory

I went to Ethiopia, and it dawned on me that you can tell a starving, malnourished person because they’ve got a bloated belly and a bald head. And I realized that if you come through any American airport and see businessmen running through with bloated bellies and bald heads, that’s malnutrition, too.

— Dick Gregory

My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads, ‘I’m With Her.’ I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads, ‘I’m with you – the American people.’

— Donald Trump

Look, Congress has allocated more money to finance the upcoming Iraqi elections than it has for the American elections. There’s something wrong with that.

— Donna Brazile

In the 45 years I’ve worked in casinos, I dreamed of being honored by an organization like the American Gaming Association, especially since I don’t even have a hunting license.

— Don Rickles

The American people overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, and it’s no different in Arizona, where we have long-standing policy against subsidizing them with public dollars.

— Doug Ducey

To be frank, it sometimes seems that the American idea of freedom has more to do with my freedom to do what I want than your freedom to do what you want. I think that, in Europe, we’re probably better at understanding how to balance those competing claims, though not a lot.

— Douglas Adams

I think Joe Jackson is a great American figure. In my opinion, he became a scapegoat.

— D. B. Sweeney

And American voters understand that if we want to keep fighting to move in the new – in a new direction, we’ve got a long way to go. And we need to make sure we continue with Democrats being in the majority.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When I play live in restaurants and cafes, I don’t play my own stuff. I play jazz and ‘American Songbook’ standards, and I’ll fuse it with top 40.

— Darren Criss

Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can’t happen without the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people.

— David Hackworth

After I left the White House, I kept a foothold in the business of American politics as a talk-show host, analyst, commentator, speechmaker, and occasional writer. I was no longer a practitioner, but I was still a partisan, a Democrat, a blue-stater through and through.

— Dee Dee Myers

American politics, like most things, is a story of what statisticians describe as the reversion to the mean.

— David Ignatius

As far as carrying the American banner, you just do what’s right for the kids.

— Dennis Farina

We do not wish to have nuclear weapons on New Zealand soil or in our harbors. We do not ask, we do not expect, the United States to come to New Zealand’s assistance with nuclear weapons or to present American nuclear capability as a deterrent to an attacker.

— David Lange

Any American who has spent time in Iraq or Afghanistan will tell you: the closer you get, the less certain you are of anything. If you are in Iraq, if you are in Afghanistan, everything is ambiguous. Everything is murky and gray and uncertain and possibly lethal.

— Dexter Filkins

I play a curator, the most American part you can think of. My work is to protect the Declaration of Independence. I work at the National Archives in Washington.

— Diane Kruger

Foreign revenues are tremendously important, but foreign audiences are dying for American movies, not for films they could make themselves.

— Dawn Steel

What does the doctrine of American exceptionalism empower the United States to do? Nothing more than to act better than traditional empires – committed to looting and conquest – have done. So that’s American exceptionalism: an exceptionalism based on noble ideas, ideas that it holds itself to even when it falls short of them.

— Dinesh D’Souza

O.K., if the desire to knock America off its pedestal, to redistribute American income to other countries, to shrink America’s footprint in the world, makes you anti-American, then Obama is in fact anti-American.

— Dinesh D’Souza

I’m completely Americanized – I have an American accent, an American wife – but a residue of me is foreign.

— Dinesh D’Souza

There is a real hunger for information about Obama and a sense that information is not being covered or, in some cases, even being withheld. There is a sense that there are elements of the media that are protective of Obama, that they would rather block a story that is embarassing about Obama than let the American public decide.

— Dinesh D’Souza

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.

— Donna Tartt

There’s no doubt that what has emerged in the years after 9/11, unlike the situation in Britain, there were practices sanctioned in the U.S. that fall far below the standard of conduct that should have taken place. It is for the American system of government, in all of its branches, to address that. It is not for a British politician.

— Douglas Alexander

Reagan was a pure liberation, free-and-fair election American.

— Douglas Brinkley

When I was 8 years old, I made my own encyclopedia of American biography – Johnny Appleseed, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Charles Lindbergh, my pantheon of favorite heroes. Then I would write my own things and sew them together and try to make my own book.

— Douglas Brinkley

Unfortunately, one of the biggest misperceptions the American public harbors is that Katrina was a week-long catastrophe. In truth, it’s better to view it as an era.

— Douglas Brinkley

There is no real way to categorize McLean’s ‘American Pie’ for its hybrid of modern poetry and folk ballad, beer-hall chant and high-art rock.

— Douglas Brinkley

The idea that you can live off the grid and just do your own thing is a very American idea – that you should be able to do your own thing, if you want to, if you’re willing to pay the price for it. I think the price has gotten higher and higher.

— Dana Spiotta

American POWs from the last Iraq war, who were held prisoner and tortured by Iraq, are now being prevented by our government from suing the Iraqis who tortured them.

— Dana Rohrabacher

In my district, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles handle approximately 44 percent of all of the goods delivered to American shores, yet they are in constant need of revenue for facilities, improvements and upgrades to roads and bridges and rails.

— Dana Rohrabacher

I think I’m an American writer writing about Latin America, and I’m a Latin American writer who happens to write in English.

— Daniel Alarcon

I made this Swedish movie called ‘Snabba Cash,’ or ‘Easy Money,’ and it was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. A lot of American studios, agents, and people like that saw it there and liked it.

— Daniel Espinosa

I have a hard problem, being some part Native American – being a Christian: do you get burned, do you get cremated, do you get – let the sharks eat you? How do you die?

— Duane Chapman

My dad’s in banking, my mum manages the American branch of a Swiss vitamin company they’re really busy, but they still come to all my premieres.

— Danielle de Niese

Codifying discrimination in our laws should be something we read about in American history, not on the front pages of today’s American newspapers and magazines.

— Dannel Malloy

Too often, a problem is allowed to fester until it reaches a crisis point… and the American people are left asking the question: what went wrong and why?

— Darrell Issa

When I was in school, all our history books were American, so we learned American history, not Canadian history.

— Dave Foley

I came to think that nobody from England could draw American comic books, because they were clearly all done by this sort of Mafia, all these guys with Italian and Irish names who had the whole thing sewn up. It was actually seeing a comic book drawn by Barry Smith, who was about my age, and English.

— Dave Gibbons

I’ve created a bridge between European electronic culture and urban American culture, and I’ve worked with established brands.

— David Guetta

North American leftists just keep trying to relive the ’60s, or to make the ’60s happen again.

— Dave Sim

People read inevitability as entitlement, and the American people want their candidates to sweat for the job. They want them to actually make a case for the job.

— Deval Patrick

I have a slightly bad back, which has made an enormous contribution to American literature.

— David Eddings

As the highest ranking American official in the United Nations organization, I came to understand thoroughly that the national constitutional processes of the member states define the status of territories under their sovereignty.

— Dick Thornburgh

Like the American soldiers who went before them, they are putting their lives on the line to protect ours.

— Doc Hastings

The Kenyans beat up on the American runners in every road race every weekend of the year, but we’re way ahead of them in the number and quality of our Elvis impersonators. We get our X-Men and gorillas.

— Don Kardong

My introduction to dissociation had been at Kenneth Cooper’s clinic in January of 1975. Cooper had assembled a gaggle of top American distance runners and a half dozen top researchers, the intent being to figure out what the difference was – physiologically, biomechanically, psychologically – between elite and subelite runners.

— Don Kardong

For most teenage runners, the right foods means a varied diet, decreasing the amount of fat found in the typical American diet and replacing those calories with carbohydrates. Avoid saturated fats, such as those found in fried foods, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

— Don Kardong

In a sense, ‘American Pie’ was a very despairing song but it can also be seen as very hopeful.

— Don McLean

I was around in 1970, and now I am around in 2015 … there is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of ‘American Pie.’

— Don McLean

When I’m writing for Esquire, my conscious thought is, I’m not writing for American Scholar.

— Denis Johnson

California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. May we not rely upon your sympathy and assistance?

— Denis Kearney

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.

— Djuna Barnes

My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff.

— Dominic Chianese

I love watching American League games, you know what I mean?

— Dusty Baker

In the ’20s and ’30s, there were these musicals either set on college campuses or based on classical stories, so any of the Rodgers and Hart musicals certainly influenced me. I was definitely influenced by any of the ‘Porgy’ songs I was influenced by ‘American Pie.’

— Douglas Carter Beane

Caterpillar exported $20 billion of goods in 2011, all by American hands and American workers, to all over the world. In order to do that, we have to create jobs in all those countries that we export to, to be able to sell there.

— Douglas R. Oberhelman

I knew people liked me on ‘American Idol,’ but I didn’t think they’d care to come see me sing at my own show.

— David Archuleta

Before ‘American Idol’ and all this stuff, I was obsessed with music charts, and I used to go online to find out what was popular in other countries. I’d log on to the BBC website, and that’s how I found out about artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Daniel Bedingfield and Take That.

— David Archuleta

I have an English literature degree. I wanted to be the next great American novelist from a very early age, but I put it aside for a while, because I got very realistic at one point.

— Daniel Suarez

My new play ‘Chinglish,’ which will go to Broadway, is about a white American businessman who goes to a provincial capital in China, hoping to make a deal there. It’s bilingual. And it’s about trying to communicate across language and cultural barriers.

— David Henry Hwang

There’s this accent that I think everybody has when they grow up going to an international school. It’s a mix of not quite English, not quite American. When I moved to L.A., it just went completely American.

— Daniela Ruah

In Geneva, I was seen as an outsider. In the U.S., I was considered Eurotrash. And in London, I’m seen as an American.

— Danny Rimer

The economy is too weak right now. We need to jump-start it. The American Jobs Act will provide that jump-start, to help us into next year and the year after that.

— David Plouffe

If you do an American TV series, before the audition you sign away the next five years of your life.

— Dominic West

As an ambiguously non-white actor, I’ve been able to play light-skinned African American guys, Latinos, and I don’t think that I’ve ever had to play some kind of ethnic stereotype or something that was typed specifically for a person of color.

— Daniel Sunjata

Continental directors, as opposed to British and American, tend to be somewhat high-handed in their approach.

— Donald Pleasence

Asian Americans are the same as African American, Hispanic Americans, anyone: we deserve to be respected, too.

— Dat Nguyen

So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less.

— Douglas Sirk

Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director. They had seen Scandal and liked it. I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin my project of American films.

— Douglas Sirk

I think, like many others, I realized that only the massive introduction of American support in one form or another, could possibly bring about a rehabilitation of the economies of those countries within a reasonable time.

— David K. E. Bruce

Southeast Asia is an area in which there is a form of Islam which is both devout and progressive, and therefore to be supported. It’s an area in which I see a congruence of American interests and local interests: to have tolerant societies and become more prosperous.

— Dennis C. Blair

I think American interests are served when there are sections of the world that have representative governments, politically open economic systems, and are willing to take a stand against some of the more extreme ideologies that there are around the world.

— Dennis C. Blair

I think every American kid grows up dreaming about being in the movies. That’s completely normal for us. But I mostly wanted to be a writer, and I got taught the scriptwriting program.

— David Labrava

Unfortunately, the United States has entered into several free trade agreements that do not sufficiently protect and support our manufacturing industries and the millions of American workers they employ.

— Dan Kildee

Unlike most major American cities, Honolulu is geographically insulated from the rest of the country. When disaster strikes we cannot call on neighboring states for assistance.

— Daniel Akaka

American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.

— Diane Wakoski

American poets celebrate their bodies, very specifically, as Whitman did.

— Diane Wakoski

I don’t like political poetry, and I don’t write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.

— Diane Wakoski

I find it hard to believe that Senators or the American public will classify Sotomayor as unqualified, particularly given the thin credentials of many of our eighteenth and nineteenth century Supreme Court Justices.

— David Stras

Speaking as a writer, it would be difficult to find an event in American history more dramatic and riveting than the Civil War.

— David Zabel

The American people deserve long-term, forward-thinking policies.

— Dean Heller

I write on sacred stories, symbols and rituals of all cultures – European, American and Chinese – but my audiences, typically, like me to focus on India.

— Devdutt Pattanaik

I’m an immigrant writer, or an African writer, or an Ethiopian-American writer, and occasionally an American writer according to the whims and needs of my interpreters.

— Dinaw Mengestu

It’s a fantastic review. Sixty percent of the American reviews are sensational, 20% are mixed, not so good.

— Dino De Laurentiis

I was too prissy, too refined, too abstemious, too French to be a good American writer.

— Edmund White

In Paris, AIDS was dismissed as an American phobia until French people started dying then everyone said, ‘Well, you have to die some way or another.’ If Americans were hysterical and pragmatic, the French were fatalistic: depressed but determined to keep the party going.

— Edmund White

I choose to be American, I choose to live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I choose to have Puerto Rican/Jewish neighbors, and I choose to maintain my Chinese identity.

— Eddie Huang

Bolivar’s legacy has always been a part of the Venezuelan/Latin American imagery, especially in the countries that he liberated or he helped to liberate. He’s been a very prominent figure.

— Edgar Ramirez

Imagine stepping into the shoes of Roberto Duran, one of the most legendary boxers in the history of the sport, and definitely the most legendary Latin American boxer, and then having ‘Raging Bull’ in my corner. I mean, imagine that? Just having Robert De Niro to play the trainer in the movie, that was fantastic.

— Edgar Ramirez

The tale of ‘Point Break’ is about doing what you love and committing to what you love. It’s relevant to me as a Venezuelan, to you as an American, to any Chinese person watching the film.

— Edgar Ramirez

All my artistic response comes from American things, and I guess I’ve always had a weakness for heroic imagery.

— Edward Ruscha

I don’t watch TV, so I feel like I’m left out of the American fabric or something.

— Edward Ruscha

Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him… the better off we all are.

— Edward Snowden

There is a segment of the American population that has been excluded from the national myth, and that should be redressed.

— Edward Zwick

I think to see American troops in an American city is, you know, the sum of all of our fears.

— Edward Zwick

I think every culture – you can call it an American Ronin, a medieval knight errant, you could talk about ‘Shane.’ There is an archetype that I think is actually common to a lot of cultures, and even the Clint Eastwood stuff was probably as influenced by the Japanese stuff, and yet done by an Italian.

— Edward Zwick

I’m using my degree. You know, I studied English and American literature in college, and now I’m an American poet.

— Eileen Myles

I’m the first secretary of labor in the 21st century, and the competitiveness of the American work force and the modernization of decades-old regulations have been among our top priorities.

— Elaine Chao

I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.

— Elia Kazan

For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.

— Elia Kazan

In Connecticut, we have a vibrant history of advocating to ensure our workers are treated fairly and given the rights and protections they deserve. Still, we need to do more to protect all American workers.

— Elizabeth Esty

My husband is not American. He was born in Brazil, where he grew up under a filthy, corrupt dictatorship. In his twenties, he moved to Europe, where he lived for a while under various socialist democracies. He spent a few years on a kibbutz in Israel, living out a utopian experiment in communal existence.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

In Arab capitals, the failure of the United States to stop Iran’s nuclear program is understood as American weakness in the struggle for dominance in the Middle East, making additional cooperation from Arab leaders on Israeli-Palestinian issues even less likely.

— Elliott Abrams

In 2004, President Bush gave Prime Minister Sharon certain guarantees about American policy, but the Obama administration treated those as a kind of private letter having no binding policy impact.

— Elliott Abrams

As it is my good fortune to be American, I live in the only country that as a matter of policy is pro-Israel regardless of party allegiance Democrats and Republicans equally unite behind the blue-and-white.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

It is critical that the American people, and not just their financial institutions, be represented at the negotiating table.

— Elizabeth Warren

When a deeply sympathetic American president asks for concessions and compromises and appears able to cajole some from the Palestinians, which was the Clinton/Rabin and Bush/Sharon combination, Israel must respond.

— Elliott Abrams

While foreign competitors, French or Japanese or German, merrily bid for contracts abroad, American companies find themselves tangled in a web of legislation designed to express disapproval, block trade in certain commodities, or perhaps deny resources to disfavored or hostile regimes.

— Elliott Abrams

Nineteen-seventy-nine had been a year of American setbacks around the globe. Before the year began, Cuban troops were already roaming Angola, and a pro-Communist regime ruled Ethiopia.

— Elliott Abrams

There is an opportunity to consolidate the North American region as a more competitive region, a more productive region that will be more competitive than other blocs that have integrated in the rest of the world.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

My primary assessment would be because American Christians tend to be incredibly self-indulgent, so they see the church as a place there for them to meet their needs and to express faith in a way that is meaningful for them.

— Erwin McManus

I’m on the ground, I’ve been in swing states, I’ve been talking to the American people, I’ve been out there speaking on behalf of Obama’s record, I’ve been in the trenches.

— Eva Longoria

The amount of U.S. debt held by countries such as China and Japan is at a historic high, with foreign investors holding half of America’s publicly held debt. This dependence raises the specter that other nations will be able to influence our policies in ways antithetical to American interests.

— Evan Bayh

I’m an American first, and I think that’s how most people are.

— Ed Gillespie

That’s the premise of the Saudi Arabians. He’s holding the president’s hand with one. In the other hand, he’s got his hand in the pocket of American consumers.

— Ed Markey

Well, the infrastructure part of the stimulus has worked. There’s absolutely no question about it. We can demonstrate in Pennsylvania and other states around the union how it’s produced good, paying jobs both on the construction sites and back in American factories. It has worked.

— Ed Rendell

Just as we send young American Jews to Israel through the Birthright program, we need to also consider a ‘reverse Birthright’ for Israeli kids to come see America.

— Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

Year by year we are learning that in this restless, strenuous American life of ours vacations are essential.

— Ellsworth Huntington

If Mr. Chan ever makes another movie like ‘The Tuxedo,’ it’s American audiences that will see him in court. With ‘Shanghai Knights,’ he has come through with one of his best. This time, it’s personable.

— Elvis Mitchell

American naturalism is what my indulgent actor side loves: a bit of Tennessee Williams, a bit of Clifford Odets, August Wilson – I would just love to tackle some of that.

— Emilia Clarke

Hurricane Katrina, coupled with Hurricane Rita, which came promptly on Katrina’s heels, claimed more than 1,200 American lives. Together, they caused more than $200 billion in damage.

— Ellen Tauscher

The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens – raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born.

— Eric Holder

I’m attorney general of the United States. I will not stand for – I will not allow people to take away that which people gave their lives to give, and that is the ability for the American people to vote.

— Eric Holder

There have been, in recent years, many Asian American pioneers in the public eye who’ve defied the condescendingly complimentary ‘model minority’ stereotype: actors like Lucy Liu, artists like Maya Lin, moguls like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. They are known, often admired.

— Eric Liu

With American orchestras, in particular, because they play in such huge halls, getting a true pianissimo is very hard.

— Esa-Pekka Salonen

I think Bellow’s the greatest American writer of his century, personally. When I read him, I’m in awe.

— Ethan Canin

I mean, like a lot of kids growing up in the early seventies, I was fed Dr. Kissinger with my Fruit Loops. He was the Dr. Ruth of American foreign policy, and the model statesman.

— Eugene Jarecki

We know that we can defeat Islamist terrorism without violating our ideals indeed, we must. These ideals, these American ideals.

— Evan McMullin

Before the American Revolution there were frequent slave uprisings, and a lot of people would run away.

— Edward Ball

I didn’t expect to find much visible trace of the American war in Vietnam. The Vietnamese are too hard-bitten to dwell on it, and they’ve sanded away all but the outcroppings of history – the museums, the memorials.

— Evan Osnos

For years, American officials visiting China marvelled at how Chinese leaders could push through infrastructure projects and sweeping legislative changes without the complications of opposition and the niceties of voting.

— Evan Osnos

I think most British people who say they can do an American accent are so bad at it. I find it excruciating. I find it excruciating the other way around, too.

— Eileen Atkins

I studied in American school, so yes, I grew up speaking English and Spanish. Obviously, Spanish is my first language.

— Eiza Gonzalez

I think American cinema, particularly, has become so disposable. It’s not even cinema, It’s just moviemaking.

— Eriq La Salle

Aggregate aid is to the Ethiopian economy what Obama’s fiscal stimulus was to the American economy: minus these injections, both economies would suffer catastrophically. The theatrical blustering of the Ethiopian government notwithstanding, donor countries have a make-or-break power over the Ethiopia’s prosperity.

— Eskinder Nega

While prices of goods continue to rise, American worker’s wages remain stagnant.

— Ed Pastor

If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there’s something wrong with American politics.

— Edna Ferber

American men are more open, they are readier to express their emotions, but they also get frightened easily. Italians are used to drama. For us, arguing, shouting is perfectly normal – for them it is inconceivable.

— Elisabetta Canalis

On the national stage and in the neighborhoods of New York, Senator Hillary Clinton has repeatedly put her expertise and power behind solutions that make the lives of the American people safer and more prosperous.

— Ellen Malcolm

The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years, was a transitional period in American youth culture.

— Eric Allin Cornell

My family is Native American, and I was raised with Native American ceremonies.

— Eric Balfour

You imagine that, going into such a huge American series, you will come up against a lot of egos, but it was the complete opposite on ’24,’ a dream team.

— Emily Berrington

Most of the Jewish writer friends I have are American, and I feel closer to them because they’re always obsessed with one issue – identity: what does it mean to be an American Jew?

— Etgar Keret

Tony Kaye is great with that kind of stuff. Up until American History X, he had only done commercials.

— Ethan Suplee

American husbands are the best in the world no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced.

— Elinor Glyn

American presidents always avoid shaking hands with brutal dictators, except when it’s advantageous to do so.

— Elizabeth A. Sherman

I love contemporary North American fiction and short fiction. My favorite writer is Jonathan Franzen, and my favorite writers of short fiction are George Saunders and Alice Munro.

— Emily Perkins

It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they’re not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans.

— Eric Hobsbawm

Don’t say you want to be an actor and not know how to read a script. Don’t give up 15 minutes before the miracle comes. Everyone’s career ebbs and flows, especially if you’re African American. That’s the time to dig in and keep your instrument sharp.

— Erik King

Almost immediately, I remember right when Tikrit even fell, a few days after Baghdad fell, there was talks of insurgency, there was talks of jihad and of resisting the American occupiers, and slowly this turned into an organized movement.

— Farnaz Fassihi

Unfortunately, the cyber threat to ‘the grid’ is only one means of eviscerating the soft underbelly of American society. Another which has been getting increasing attention could be delivered via the kind of nuclear-armed ballistic missile that Iran and North Korea have been developing: a strategic electro-magnetic pulse attack.

— Frank Gaffney

One would like to say in the aftermath of the 2008 election that everyone lived happily ever after. But the American drama, especially when it involves race, is always more complicated than that.

— Frank Rich

Religious freedom, often referred to as the first freedom, is of central import to the American experiment. As such it should feature prominently in U.S. foreign policy.

— Frank Wolf

The American consumer, even today, the weight of the American consumer in the global economy is China plus India doubled. So, it’s tough to replace that.

— Fareed Zakaria

In spite of the polls, the fact is that American Muslims are very happy and they thrive in this country.

— Feisal Abdul Rauf

I was playing a defensive guard in ‘My All American’ who is a really fast runner, so a lot of my training was running. I wasn’t too worried about bulking up because he was supposed to be on the small side.

— Finn Wittrock

I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.

— Francis Ford Coppola

As long as my record stands in federal court, any American citizen can be held in prison or concentration camps without a trial or a hearing.

— Fred Korematsu

I still remember, 40 years ago, when I was shackled and put in prison… Being an American citizen didn’t mean a thing.

— Fred Korematsu

I was an American citizen, and I had as many rights as anyone else.

— Fred Korematsu

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you look at national economies today, for example, the American economy, the European economy, the Indians, the Chinese, we’re all tied together. If one of them sinks, the rest are going to sink with them and if one floats, the rest are lifted up. I find that very interesting.

— Frans de Waal

I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments and are taught what they mean, they will predictably engage in less crime.

— Gary Bauer

It’s important for American soldiers to be culturally sensitive when deployed in foreign countries. But it’s just as important for the U.S. never to renounce the most fundamental American values, which, after all, are also universal values.

— Gary Bauer

I was a young film student around the time of the new wave in film in the 1970s old Hollywood was naff and over. For me, as a film student, I was going to see French and Italian cinema American cinema was ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘Taxi Driver.’ Everything was gritty.

— Gillian Armstrong

Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time.

— Gavin Bryars

I understand why society, especially American society, is gravitating toward fairy tales, given our economy. We’ve been exploring the world of witches and wizards for years. We’ve been exploring the world of vampires for years. Clearly the public – I mean, I feel like all of this was ushered in by ‘Harry Potter’ – in my own fannish beliefs.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

Although he’s regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.

— George J. Mitchell

First, the American legislative process isn’t well suited to large and complex measures.

— George J. Mitchell

I’m bicultural, and everyone sees me as a Latina, but in my head I see myself as both Latina and American.

— Genesis Rodriguez

I think every American has a role in saving this country. Whether you’re Democrat, Republican, independent, it doesn’t matter. We all know the country’s in trouble. We may disagree on how to solve it, but we all know the country’s in trouble.

— Glenn Beck

I wouldn’t even have braces on my teeth. I think they are horrible, and this idea that everyone should conform and be perfect is ridiculous. I like the fact I have good old-fashioned British teeth with a big gap. Who wants those gleaming white cosmetically enhanced American teeth?

— Georgia May Jagger

There’s a book called ‘Where The Wild Things Are,’ by American writer Maurice Sendak… it really is the most sublime book. It’s a picture book, but it works at so many levels, and it’s fantastic.

— Graeme Base

I think now, more than anytime I can remember, bands are sounding pretty similar whether they’re English or American, from Manchester or London… or Leeds or Welsh or Irish.

— Graham Coxon

As first lady, Hillary Clinton spent the early months of her husband’s administration drafting healthcare-reform legislation, only to see it put on the back burner by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

— Greg Grandin

Ronald Reagan, who led the larger New Right project of re-sanctifying U.S. foreign policy after its Vietnam disaccreditation, felt compelled to drape his support for Central American death squads in the rhetoric of American exceptionalism.

— Greg Grandin

Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, heavy-handedly provoked South American governments on any number of issues, including a rush to endorse the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, which only worked to steel resistance and build solidarity.

— Greg Grandin

Brazil imported more enslaved Africans than any other American nation and was the last country in the hemisphere to abolish the institution, in 1888.

— Greg Grandin

I don’t think American independent films have ever really been particularly experimental, except for the original guys from the ’60s who were huge influences, like Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, and Stan van der Beek. They were the true independents.

— Gus Van Sant

It took me a long time to square with the fact that none of my experiences are typical – I’m not a typical American, but I’m also not a typical Muslim.

— G. Willow Wilson

I have veterans in my family. But I didn’t know anything about DAV, Disabled American Veterans.

— Gary Sinise

You draw a district for that particular minority – African American, Asian, Hispanic – so those folks have the right to elect whoever they want. If they don’t decide to elect someone who sounds like them or looks like them, they can pick anyone they want.

— Gene Green

I started ‘American Born Chinese’ as a mini-comic. I would write and draw a chapter, photocopy a hundred or so copies at the corner photocopy store, and then try to sell them on consignment through local comics shops. If I could sell maybe half a dozen, I’d be doing okay.

— Gene Luen Yang

I finished ‘American Born Chinese’ in 2005, so after that, I started actively researching the Boxer Rebellion.

— Gene Luen Yang

When ‘American Born Chinese’ started getting a lot of attention, I freaked out a little bit because I realized that up until then I had just been doing comics by following my gut. I didn’t really know much about plot structure or anything I kind of just followed my gut.

— Gene Luen Yang

Superheroes were created in America, they’re most popular in America, and at their best, they embody American ideals.

— Gene Luen Yang

I’m what a normal, healthy, ideal American should be like.

— George McGovern

As an American, I want our forces to prevail.

— George McGovern

I’ve been interested in American politics since I was eight. That was in 1968. It was an interesting year. I was a huge Eugene McCarthy supporter, so I guess he was the first senator I really knew about and cared about.

— George Packer

Oprah is just this goddess presiding over so much of American life, and her story is really interesting – the way she made herself, and the ruthlessness it took, and also the fantasizing that it took.

— George Packer

Often, foreign policy – which, by definition, is largely out of American control – is simply a matter of not doing the wrong thing, the unwise thing.

— George Packer

Last year, in the year 2008, it just became normal to watch great American institutions crumble, almost dissolve like sand.

— George Packer

I watched a lot of movies about teenagers, including ‘The Last Picture Show,’ ‘American Graffiti,’ ‘Rumblefish.’ It’s one of my favorite genres.

— Gia Coppola

You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time I was very young.

— George Takei

It was an egregious violation of the American Constitution. We were innocent American citizens, and we were imprisoned simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. It shows us just how fragile our Constitution is.

— George Takei

You know what the lowest rated episode we ever had was? Where Captain Kirk kissed Uhuru – a white man kissing an African-American woman. All the stations in the American South – in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana – refused to air it. And so our ratings plummeted.

— George Takei

Many American players – Paul Caligiuri, Claudio Reyna, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Tony Sanneh, Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo, just a partial list – have sought the income and challenge of Germany.

— George Vecsey

Many American pundits and foreign policy experts love to depict themselves as crusaders for human rights, but it almost always takes the form of condemning other governments, never their own.

— Glenn Greenwald

It isn’t those of us who oppose American aggression in the Muslim world who need manipulative, exploitative reminders about 9/11 it’s those who cheer for these policies who are making a follow-up attack ever more likely.

— Glenn Greenwald

Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims, American media outlets dutifully trumpet in headlines that the dead were ‘militants’ – even though those media outlets literally do not have the slightest idea of who was actually killed.

— Glenn Greenwald

When I was working on the unauthorized biography ‘Stan Musial: An American Life,’ which came out in 2011, old opponents recalled how Musial knew their names after they had been in the majors only a few days.

— George Vecsey

The Native American cultures on this continent, most of them, were matrilineal, and some women were the chiefs. Societies were about balance.

— Gloria Steinem

To be sure, American higher education is a diverse ecosystem, comprising institutions of all sizes, price tags, and mission statements.

— Gordon Gee

On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.

— Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.

— Gore Vidal

The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.

— Gore Vidal

Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.

— Gore Vidal

That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president.

— Gore Vidal

From April 1775 to July 1776, the undeclared war between England and its American colonies smoldered, flared up, appeared to sputter out… It was hardly, ever, a mass rebellion.

— Gore Vidal

Friends, there is no Left in American politics.

— Gore Vidal

I think English punk died in ’79 or ’80. Maybe ’82 at the latest. As far as American punk goes, it wasn’t the same as English punk. It wasn’t a working-class movement that was protesting the conditions under which this class had to work. I don’t think American punk ever died.

— Greg Graffin

If I went on ‘American Idol,’ I would definitely be kicked out immediately.

— Grimes

Detroit is drunken idiots. It was no surprise to me. I performed with Kenny Rogers for one year as his opening act, and I got to visit every major American city and notice the audience, and Detroit was one of the worst.

— Gallagher

To the revolutionary mind the American vista must have been almost as incredible as Genghis Khan’s first view of China – so rich, so soft, so unaware.

— Garet Garrett

How do we prevent Iran developing an atomic bomb, when, on the American side, dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not recognised as a war crime?

— Gunter Grass

We need a government that does not give in to a globalist agenda, an agenda I am now convinced seeks to bring American as a sovereign nation and the middle class to their knees.

— George Noory

Fourth, we might have declared an embargo against the shipping from American ports of any merchandise to either one of these governments that persisted in maintaining its military zone.

— George William Norris

The reason given by the President in asking Congress to declare war against Germany is that the German government has declared certain war zones, within which, by the use of submarines, she sinks, without notice, American ships and destroys American lives.

— George William Norris

Just to cover the increase in fuel costs over the past two years, American would have had to raise fares nearly $75 per round-trip ticket. During this time period, our average fare increased by only $15.

— Gerard Arpey

If I correctly understand the goal of American policy, one wishes Russia to be a partner.

— Gerhard Schroder

Since its beginnings, American writing has been in dialogue with other literatures.

— Giles Foden

The real issue for the public is to figure out which narrative do we want. We can have a bigger government, if that’s the public’s choice. It’ll just require higher taxes on every American. Do you want that, or do you want smaller government, smaller taxes?

— Glenn Hubbard

I had been an activist on the issue of HIV, primarily in the African American and Latino communities here in the U.S. for many years. It was horrifying to me how the pandemic was raging right here in this country but no one was talking about it.

— Gloria Reuben

Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them… unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

— Gordon Sinclair

So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

— Gordon Sinclair

It’s just that to a lot of British people George Bush represents the worst of all things American. He’s the right-wing Christian crusader, the toxic Texan who refused Kyoto, the poll-cheat eel who undermined democracy on the back of something called ‘chads,’ a notion we’ve never entirely grasped.

— Graham Joyce

You know this old style of American family series? Well, I sit there and cry.

— Graham Kennedy

The real Jack Johnson was both more and less than those who loved or those who hated him ever knew. He embodied American individualism in its purest form nothing – no law or custom, no person white or black, male or female – could keep him for long from whatever he wanted.

— Geoffrey Ward

Compared with members of other nations of Western civilization, the ordinary American is a rationalistic being, and there are close relations between his moralism and his rationalism. Even romanticism, transcendentalism, and mysticism tend to be, in the American culture, rational, pragmatic and optimistic.

— Gunnar Myrdal

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

— H. L. Mencken

Someone needs to remind American CEOs that if you can’t run a company that is innovative, financially sound and doesn’t poison the rest of us, You can’t run a company.

— Hal Sparks

In American fertility clinics, 75 percent of couples are requesting girls and not boys.

— Hanna Rosin

For most of American history, of course, the important religious divides were between denominations – not just between Protestants and Catholics and Jews but between Lutherans and Episcopalians and Southern Baptists and the other endlessly fine-tuned sects.

— Hanna Rosin

We asked Jane Fonda if she would like to meet American pilots in Hanoi, but she refused, she didn’t want to.

— Hanoi Hannah

I did not destroy the 43 volumes of my diary, which report on all these events and the share I had in them but of my own accord I handed them voluntarily to the officers of the American Army who arrested me.

— Hans Frank

I remember the Curia said, that’s up to the American bishops, not up to Rome.

— Hans Kung

Even if you buy a Finnish, Korean or American phone – it will be Ericsson on the inside.

— Hans Vestberg

There is something uniquely American about the motel: It speaks to the transient nature of America itself, one enabled and encouraged by our roads and highways.

— Hanya Yanagihara

American Splendor is just an ongoing journal. It’s an ongoing autobiography. I started it when I was in my early 30s, and I just keep going.

— Harvey Pekar

When we talk about Oscars, it’s almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol. So, a movie like ‘The Artist’ that costs $14 million, has to go out and compete with movies that cost $140 million. How does David deal with Goliath?

— Harvey Weinstein

When we talk about Oscars, it’s almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol.

— Harvey Weinstein

The whole ‘American Idol’ way of looking at things is the antithesis of what I grew up with. There are a whole lot of kids wanting to be famous now, whereas if I’d even mentioned that word to one of my teachers, I would have got into a whole load of trouble.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.

— Hedy Lamarr

We just sent our condolences to the President of the United States and the American people on what is a terrible, terrible tragedy.

— Helen Clark

President Bush has asserted the right to wiretap and eavesdrop on any American without a warrant in the name of fighting terrorism. He has asserted presidential power beyond stated constitutional rights, and there is no Republican gutsy enough to call his hand.

— Helen Thomas

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.

— Henry A. Wallace

Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States.

— Henry A. Wallace

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek.

— Henry Adams

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.

— Henry Adams

If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.

— Henry Cabot Lodge

We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New, but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.

— Henry David Thoreau

Before any American points a finger at President Putin and calls him nasty names, they should recognize that a lot of Americans agree with Putin on his stance against homosexual and transgender people.

— Henry Rollins

If people are being upstanding citizens of the Republic, then you have to widen the net to incarcerate them. This explains why America’s prisons are full of nonviolent offenders – a perfect example of American exceptionalism.

— Henry Rollins

I’m a big fan of the American Tapes label. But that’s very hard to keep a grip on that because you blink your eyes and they’ve released three records, all of which are limited edition, all sold at one show. So you have to follow in drips and drops on eBay, which I do.

— Henry Rollins

It’s a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe.

— Henry James

One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.

— Henry James

Could it be that violence is as much a part of the American identity as the Constitution, and a vital component to its economic stability?

— Henry Rollins

I was influenced by Ray Harryhausen and Lotte Reiniger, with her twitchy, cutout animation, which I happened to see at a very young age, but also by the Warner Bros. cartoons, ‘Tom and Jerry,’ and of course Disney. And also by Fellini’s ‘Giulietta of the Spirits’ and Kurosawa’s ‘Ran.’ And by other American illustrators and painters.

— Henry Selick

It turns out one of my ancestors fought in the Continental Army, so I was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution.

— Henry Louis Gates

Because Lincoln is so closely identified with what it is to be American, everyone wants to claim him, to rewrite his story to satisfy their own particular needs.

— Henry Louis Gates

I want to get into the educational DNA of American culture. I want 10 percent of the common culture, more or less, to be black.

— Henry Louis Gates

I rebel at the notion that I can’t be part of other groups, that I can’t construct identities through elective affinity, that race must be the most important thing about me. Is that what I want on my gravestone: Here lies an African American?

— Henry Louis Gates

It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.

— Henry Miller

The main American naval forces were shifted to the Pacific region and an American admiral made a strong declaration to the effect that if war were to break out between Japan and the United States, the Japanese navy could be sunk in a matter of weeks.

— Hideki Tojo

During this period, Japan’s peaceful commercial relations were successively obstructed, primarily by the American rupture of commercial relations, and this was a grave threat to the survival of Japan.

— Hideki Tojo

When it comes to African Americans and African American actors, Hollywood has always felt that if you can make us laugh, that’s fine, but we don’t need to see you do a ‘Schindler’s List,’ where there’s no jokes or music or comedic through-line.

— Hill Harper

Well, human security is a concept that I am very committed to enshrining in American foreign policy.

— Hillary Clinton

It’s really frightening, American food on the whole. That’s what always strikes me, coming from Europe: There’s just so much of it! Then you plop down in front of the TV and watch ads for Weight Watchers. ‘Lose weight now!’ Well, eat less!

— Hugh Grant

And a tiny number of people in a few states make these decisions, and we’re left with these options that are increasingly not attractive to the American people.

— Hamilton Jordan

When I tell my American counterparts that my budget was $200,000 per episode, they burst out laughing. To us that’s a big production, to them it’s a guerrilla shoot.

— Gideon Raff

When it comes to the Middle East, this is always a very difficult issue for any American president.

— Hillary Clinton

I’ve often thought that the gauntlet of American politics is more individualistic, more expensive, more unpredictable than in many other democracies.

— Hillary Clinton

Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a full member of Mercosur. And many other Latin American countries, CARICOM, Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela. The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support.

— Hugo Chavez

As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated.

— Hugo Chavez

I agree with President Roosevelt, and generations since, that American seniors deserve better than poverty.

— Hank Johnson

Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and a lot of American artists were my greatest influences.

— Gordon Waller

When I was growing up, Asians were so few and far between as to be almost invisible. And so the idea of an Asian American movement or an Asian American thrust in this country was unthinkable.

— Grace Lee Boggs

I would like to acquire a document autographed by John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence and is one of my American heroes.

— Gregg Harper

I’ve played American characters so many times now, it’s so natural to me. But when I play American, I stay in the American accent from the minute I get the job till the minute I wrap.

— Gregg Sulkin

Some said he shouldn’t save Detroit. But President Obama made the tough and right call to save more than a million American jobs in an important, iconic industry.

— Harry Reid

I think Brits probably feel that Americans are more like us than vice-versa, if that makes sense. Because we get everything American over here in Britain, but yet there are things which are staunchly English that you guys don’t have.

— Hayley Atwell

I think American guys tend to be a bit more forward, a bit more chatty and open than the Brits. The Brits seem to have a darker sense of humor, though I have met some Americans who have adopted bits of the British dry sense of humor as well.

— Hayley Atwell

If New Mexican voters believe the path to create American jobs is keeping taxes low, then they have an option. That’s my campaign.

— Heather Wilson

Yes, and it’s my third movie with Richard. American Gigolo was my first.

— Hector Elizondo

I will never forget the moment when I was liberated by the American Army. I will never forget those very young boys coming up the hill, who had to take me a prisoner to liberate me.

— Heinrich Boll

Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don’t care about daylight or fresh air.

— Helmut Jahn

Well, we were originally called Huey Lewis and the American Express. But on the eve of the release of our first record, our record label, Chrysalis Records was afraid that we’d be sued by American Express.

— Huey Lewis

For Americans I’ll always be Israeli, and for Israelis I’ll always be American. But I really have no need for definitions.

— Hani Furstenberg

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement, a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.

— Howard Mumford Jones

The American movie, in part because America’s a melting pot, the cultural hodgepodge that America makes, generates movies that have appeal across all international boundaries. And that’s really not true for most domestic film industries. It’s no longer true of France and Italy, less true than it used to be of the U.K.

— Howard Stringer

When you watch the first ‘American Pie’ movie, you’re like… ‘I know that jock who’s kind of sweet and has a girlfriend, and I know that weird off-beat kid.’

— Hayden Schlossberg

A popular bumper sticker post-9/11, and pretty faded these days, proclaims drivers of the cars to be ‘Proud to be an American.’ It really should say ‘Lucky to be an American,’ for I doubt very much that the drivers had much say in having been born here, and are not old enough to have participated in the drafting of the Constitution.

— Hooman Majd

The BAFTAs give the British point of view, and the Oscars give the American point of view, but the truth is we’re all working in an international industry.

— Ian Mckellen

In China, when you get to the airport everyone be talking in American slang.

— Ike Turner

I think the future stopped looking American when you think back to Blade Runner and Neuromancer, when it started to look more Japanese.

— Iain Banks

We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other European and American agencies to establish a legal framework compatible with the European Union and that is already an advantage. We have seen the positive effects of this and our parliament will continue to go this way.

— Ibrahim Rugova

American audiences are great. They get what I am doing, but as my band will tell you, nowhere tops the Irish audience. They are just brilliant. They are very open, but the Americans and Spanish come a close second.

— Imelda May

The Spanish and the American audiences are lunatics. They are very passionate and, like the Irish, they don’t have as many inhibitions. If you are playing somewhere like Austria or Sweden, it takes them a little while to come out of themselves.

— Imelda May

When I started ‘This American Life’, one of the reactions I got was, ‘When is the adult going to show up who will host the show?’ At some point, people just got used to it.

— Ira Glass

Some guy refuses to fight and we call that the sin, but he’s standing up for what he believes in and that seems pretty damned American to me.

— Iris Dement

There isn’t a single American city, in my estimation, that has sufficient plans for a nuclear terrorist event.

— Irwin Redlener

I’m a writer. In Latin America, they say I’m a Latin-American writer because I also write in Spanish and my books are translated, but I am an American citizen and my books are published here, so I’m also an American writer.

— Isabel Allende

I have become an American citizen, and I love this country. I think that this country has incredible potential for goodness, an incredible possibility for doing the wrong thing, too.

— Isabel Allende

I only became an actor to get your attention, to challenge the archetype of an African American male I can’t be anything else in this lifetime than an African American man.

— Isaiah Washington

I now have two different audiences. There’s the one that has been watching my action films for 20 years, and the American family audience. American jokes, less fighting.

— Jackie Chan

When I’m making an American film, it’s more safe because there are so many people on the set to watch me. Whatever I do, they say, ‘What are you doing!? Tell me first!’ There are so many restrictions.

— Jackie Chan

Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don’t like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn’t work. Some movie I don’t like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.

— Jackie Chan

No, the real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you – he will be the fusion of all races, perhaps the coming superman.

— Israel Zangwill

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

— James A. Baldwin

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.

— James Thurber

As American citizens, if you believe all banks were bailed out, you would hate banks. I would, too.

— Jamie Dimon

In the old days, you dealt with one regulator. Now it’s five or six. You all should ask the question how American that is.

— Jamie Dimon

American workers have faced serious difficulties in the labor market since the first oil shock in 1973. Since that time, the pace of productivity advance has slowed for reasons which are still not understood, lowering the rate at which living standards have advanced.

— Janet Yellen

I have never been embedded with the American army or, you know, with the big war machine.

— Janine di Giovanni

People love stories about the mafia: ‘The Godfather,’ ‘American Gangster.’

— Jason Statham

What has happened at Guantanamo Bay… does not represent the will of the American people. I’m embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people.

— Jimmy Carter

The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president. Obama has that voice. It has to be used.

— Jesse Jackson

If the American people in a matter of months can love the people of Kuwait, whom they have not seen, they can love the people of our nation’s capital just as well.

— Jesse Jackson

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American.

— Jimmy Carter

The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand.

— Joe Biden

The American public’s a lot more sophisticated than we all give them credit for. And on complicated issues, I’m going to give them straight answers. And if it takes more than three minutes, I’m going to do it.

— Joe Biden

Other than being crazy enough to press a button, there is nothing that Putin can do militarily to fundamentally alter American interests.

— Joe Biden

In Romania, American forces have found a devoted NATO ally.

— Joe Biden

Excess dietary salt is most notorious for increasing blood pressure. Americans have a 90 percent lifetime probability of developing high blood pressure – so even if your blood pressure is normal now, if you continue to eat the typical American diet, you will be at risk.

— Joel Fuhrman

Obama is not an African American president, but a president of all Americans. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Hispanic, he’s the president of all races.

— John Lewis

We’re one people, and we all live in the same house. Not the American house, but the world house.

— John Lewis

A few days after Bloody Sunday, there was demonstration in more than 80 American cities. People were demanding that the government act.

— John Lewis

Lollipop Opera’ is the backdrop to Finsbury Park. A place that is very thriving, interracial and lot of music stores, Greek, Turkish, all sorts of immigrant music. It’s utter Englishness. It blends the Jamaicans, the Irish. It’s like what Jim Reeves did with American country music.

— John Lydon

Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.

— John Updike
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