Quotations About / On: AMERICA

  • 41.
    The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.
    (Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "Two Revolutions and Two States of Nature," pt. 2, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).)
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  • 42.
    There are no institutions in America: there are only fashions.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 43.
    America, I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. America (l. 1). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
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  • 44.
    America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. "America," Howl and Other Poems (1956). Last line.)
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  • 45.
    America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. America (l. 55). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
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  • 46.
    That great America on the other side of the sphere, Australia.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 24, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
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  • 47.
    In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895) Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1891).)
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  • 48.
    In America and Europe the nomadism is of trade and curiosity.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 49.
    In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilisation.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lecture, July 10, 1883. "Personal Impressions of America.")
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  • 50.
    America is not civil, whilst Africa is barbarous.
    (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.)
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