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AMERICA
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Asylum of the oppressed of every nation.
      - Unattributed Author,
        phrase used in the Democratic platform of 1856, referring to the U.S.

O, Columbia, the gem of the ocean,
  The home of the brave and the free,
    The shrine of each patriot's devotion,
      A world offers homage to them.
      - Unattributed Author,
        a adaptation of Shaw's "Britannia"

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.
      - John Quincy Adams

Yet, still, from either beach,
  The voice of blood shall reach,
    More audible than speech,
      "We are one!"
      - Washington Allston,
        America to Great Britain

America is rising with a giant's strength. Its bones are yet but cartilages.
      - Fisher Ames

America is good enough for any man who has to make a livlihood, though why traveled people of independent means should remain remain there more than a week is not readily to be comprehended.
      - William Waldorf Astor

From many to make one.
  [Lat., Ex pluribus unum facere.]
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        Confessions (bk. IV, 8, 13)

America! half brother of the world!
  With something good and bad of every land.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. The Surface, l. 340)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
  For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountains majesties
      Above the fruited plain.
        America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
          And crown thy good with brotherhood
            From sea to shining sea.
      - Katharine Lee Bates,
        America, the Beautiful,
        first stanza of a song

A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on Conciliation with America--Works
         (vol. II)

Young man, there is America--which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on Conciliation with America--Works
         (vol. II)

I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
      - George Walker Bush,
        to rescue workers at the destruction of New York's World Trade Center

This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger.
      - George Walker Bush,
        on the destruction of New York's World trade Center

I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.
      - George Canning, The King's Message

Cease to brag to me of America, and its model institutions and constitutions. America, too, will have to strain its energies, crack its sinews, and all but break its heart, as the rest of us have had to do, in thousand-fold wrestle with the Pythons, and mud-demons, before it can become a babitation for the gods.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Out where the handclasp's a little stronger,
  Out where the smile swells a little longer,
    That's where the West begins.
      - Arthur Chapman, Out Where the West Begins

The light may be fading on the 20th century, but the sun is still rising on America.
      - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton,
        in the "Sunday Times"

The North! the South! the West! the East!
  No one the most and none the least,
    But each with its own heart and mind,
      Each of its own distinctive kind,
        Yet each a part and none the whole,
          But all together form one soul;
            That soul Our Country at its best,
              No North, no South, no East, no West,
                No yours, no mine, but always Ours,
                  Merged in one Power our lesser powers,
                    For no one's favor, great or small,
                      But all for Each and each for All.
      - Edmund Vance Cooke, Each for All,
        in "The Uncommon Commoner"

The enterprise of America precedes that of Europe, as the industry of England precedes that of the rest of Europe.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise,
  The queen of the world and the child of the skies!
    Thy genius commands thee; with rapture behold,
      While ages on ages thy splendors unfold.
      - Timothy Dwight, Columbia

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

Bring me men to match my mountains,
  Bring me men to match my plains,
    Men with empires in their purpose,
      And new eras in their brains.
      - Sam Walter Foss, The Coming American

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
      - Sigmund Freud

Wake up America.
      - Major Augustus P. Gardner, Speech


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