American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
~ James Baldwin
We who enjoy the freedom, the independence, the security, and the prosperity…owe a great debt of gratitude for the courage and the commitment of those patriots of 1776, and an equal debt to the men, some of them the same individuals, who followed through on that promise in the Constitutional Convention of 1789. We honor them best, I think, by preserving their legacy for the patriots of the 21st Century, our children and grandchildren.
~ Robert C. Byrd
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, human rights invented America.
~ James Earl Carter
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
~ Winston Churchill
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.
~ James T. Farrell
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
~ Sigmund Freud
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
~ Carlos Fuentes
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
~ John F. Kennedy
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow - red, yellow, brown, black and white - and we're all precious in God's sight.
~ Jesse Jackson
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free.
~ Emma Lazarus
We're Americans - with a capital "A"! And do you know what that means? Do you? It means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.
~ Bill Murray, from the movie STRIPES
We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.
~ Richard Nixon
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
~ Henry David Thoreau
We (Americans) are the lavishest and showiest and most luxury-loving people on the earth; and at our masthead we fly one true and honest symbol, the gaudiest flag the world has ever seen.
~ Mark Twain
America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal ~ to discover and maintain liberty among men.
~ Woodrow Wilson