From A Resident Alien [letter 5]

WorthybooksLetter 5

I often dream that, one day, people will want to quote me.  But to provide a break from (and, possibly, a contrast with) my own opinions, this communiqué will consist of the words of others.

So sit back and wallow through these quotations.  Some I agree with, some I don't; some funny, some 'worthy'; all hopefully expressive of the funny little country in which I now live.  Next week we shall return to my own cutting insights.

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America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land.
PHILIP JAMES BAILEY.

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
OSCAR WILDE.

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves
not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
JOHN STEINBECK.

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

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen
but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success…
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
SIGMUND FREUD.

Proud_to_be_americans
Food, one assumes, provides nourishment,
but Americans eat fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added
to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.
JOHN CAGE.

It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented.
They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it,
and how to look how you feel about it.
ANDY WARHOL.

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In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.
BARACK OBAMA.

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that,
despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years,
many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
DAVE BARRY.

The chief business of the American people is business.
CALVIN COOLIDGE.

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Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers.
This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
ALBERT EINSTEIN.

Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike.
You just go in every day, and do it really half-assed. That's the American way.
HOMER SIMPSON.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they've tried everything else.
WINSTON CHURCHILL.

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

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An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before.
An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
MARK TWAIN.

I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
DON DELILLO.

Americans have a taste for…rocking-chairs.
A flippant critic might suggest that they select rocking-chairs so that,
even when they are sitting down,
they need not be sitting still.
GK CHESTERTON.

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