Quotations About / On: AMERICA
[Wellesley College] is about as meaningful to the educational process in America as a perfume factory is to the national economy.
(Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 5 (1972).
Of the elite New England women's college which was her alma mater.)
America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children, often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.
(Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 3 (1983).)
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
(James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Prejudice," The American Democrat (1838).)
In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes!
(Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Sept. 26, 1952, Indianapolis, Ind. Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson: 1952 (1953).)
If there is any country on earth where the course of true love may be expected to run smooth, it is America.
(Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Marriage," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).)
I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
(Michael Malone (b. 1942), U.S. author. Guardian (London, July 7, 1989).)
Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.
(James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The President and the Press," The Artillery of the Press (1966).)
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
(Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. attributed in Saturday Review of Literature (New York, Dec. 1, 1945).)
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
(Attributed to Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. Quoted in Saturday Review of Literature (New York, Dec. 1, 1945).)
If anything characterizes the cultural life of the seventies in America, it is an insistence on preventing failures of communication.
(Richard Dean Rosen (b. 1949), U.S. journalist, critic. "Psychobabble," Psychobabble: Fast Talk and Quick Cure in the Era of Feeling (1977).)