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AMERICA
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We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We must be the great arsenal of democracy.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        in a "Fireside Chat" radio broadcast on December 29, 1940

We have room but for one Language here and that is the English Language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

America is a young country with an old mentality.
      - George Santayana

Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.
      - attributed to George Bernard Shaw,
        but not found in his writings

My country, 'tis of thee,
  Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing.
    Land where my fathers died!
      Land of the Pilgrims' pride!
        From ev'ry mountainside,
          Let freedom ring!
      - Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, America,
        first stanza of song also known as My Country 'Tis of Thee

In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?
      - Sydney Smith, Works--America (vol. II)

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
      - Gloria Steinem

England, our mother's mother! Come, and see
  A greater England here! O come and be
    At home with us, your children, for there runs
      The same blood in our veins as in your sons;
        The same deep-seated love of liberty
          Beats in our hearts. We speak the same good tongue;
            Familiar with all songs your bards have sung,
              Those large men, Milton, Shakespeare, both are ours.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard

God hath sifted a nation that he might send choice grain into this wilderness.
      - William Stoughton,
        in a sermon in Boston, Apr. 29, 1669

The home of the homeless all over the earth.
      - Alfred Billings Street

America has begun her career at the culminating point of life, as Adam did at the age of thirty.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Gigantic daughter of the West
  We drink to thee across the flood. . . .
    For art not thou of English blood?
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Hands all Round,
        in the London "Examiner", 1862, and the "London Times", 1880

America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty--the only one. People went to America to be free.
      - Margaret Thatcher

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practise either of them.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Following the Equator (ch. 20)

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
      - John Updike

So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
  My heart is turning home again, and I long to be
    In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
      Where the air is full of sunshine, and the flag is full of stars.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2), America for Me

We must consult Brother Jonathon.
      - George Washington,
        in reference to his secretary and Aide-de-camp, Col. Jonathon Trumbull

America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

The youth of America is their tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        A Woman of No Importance (act I)

America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another, it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people, and her example, her assistance, her encouragement, has thrilled two continents in this western world with all those fine impulses which have built up human liberty on sides of the water. She stands, therefore, as an example of independence, as an example of free institutions, and as an example of disinterested international action in the main tenets of justice.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in a speech at Pittsburgh

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in an address unveiling the Statue to the Memory of Commodore John Bar


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