(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
Edward Emerson notes that "Boston Hymn" sings a similar sentiment. Emerson is not commenting on the nature of African civilization, but noting the barbarity of the slave trade on its shores.)
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
(Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Quoted in "Saved: Bob Dylan's Conversion to Christianity," Wanted Man, ed. John Bauldie (1990).
on stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona.)
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
(E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962), U.S. poet. repr. In A Miscellany, ed. George J. Firmage (1958). "Why I Like America," Vanity Fair (New York, May 1927).)