America in Quotations

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“America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement.… No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man; and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not yet attempted to do”—Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835).
“Americans will pay a big price for an invention that will help them save time they don’t know what to do with”—Anonymous.
This collection of quotations—both serious and humorous—about America is divided into 19 main topics: The Nation, The American People, Places, Nature, Mind, The Individual, Human Relations, Social Life, Culture and Media, Literature and Language, Religion and Belief, Past and Future, History, War and the Military, International Relations, Politics and Government, Law and Order, Business and Economy, and Food.
Each main topic is divided into subtopics; for example, “Culture and Media” has these: Architecture, Art, Charlie Chaplin, Dance, Fashion, Intellectuals, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Music, Elvis Presley, and Television. The author attributes each quote to its speaker, author or composer, and wherever possible, provides the date of the quote and the name of the work in which it was published. In the case of uncertainty about the exact date of a quote, the author provides the birth and death dates of the person to whom the quote is attributed. Also included are a keyword and subject index and a speaker index.

About the Author(s)

Businessman Bahman Dehgan lives in Sweden.

Bibliographic Details

Bahman Dehgan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 227
Bibliographic Info: indexes
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1586-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1482-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      ix

THE NATION

America      1

The Dream and the Ideal      7

Founding      8

Patriotism      8

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Americans      10

Americans Abroad      16

Blacks      17

Immigrants      19

Indians      20

Minorities      21

The Public and Public Opinion      22

PLACES

Alaska      23

Baltimore      23

Boston      23

California      24

Chicago      26

Cincinnati      29

Cities      29

Cleveland      31

Colorado      31

Connecticut      31

Delaware      31

Detroit      31

Florida      31

Hawaii      32

Houston      32

Hudson River      32

Idaho      32

Indiana      33

Iowa      33

Kansas      33

Las Vegas      33

Los Angeles      34

Maryland      36

Massachusetts      36

Miami      36

Michigan      36

Midwest      36

Minneapolis      37

Minnesota      37

Mississippi      37

Mississippi River      37

Missouri      37

Missouri River      38

Nebraska      38

Nevada      38

New England      38

New Jersey      39

New Mexico      40

New Orleans      40

New York      40

Niagara Falls      48

North Carolina      48

North Dakota      48

Oakland      49

Oregon      49

Pennsylvania      49

Philadelphia      49

Pittsburgh      50

San Diego      50

San Francisco      50

The South      51

South Carolina      52

South Dakota      52

Tennessee      52

Texas      53

Town and Country      54

Travel      54

Vermont      55

Washington, D.C.      55

The West      56

Wyoming      57

NATURE

Environment      57

Nature      57

Weather      58

MIND

Creativity and Talent      58

Fear      59

Happiness      59

Humor      59

Insult      60

Intelligence 60

Optimism 60

Pessimism      61

Psychology      61

Thinking      61

Wrath      61

THE INDIVIDUAL

Aging      62

Children      62

Commitment      63

House and Home      63

Individualism      63

Life      64

Men      65

Names      66

Success and Failure      66

Women      67

Youth      69

HUMAN RELATIONS

Conversation      70

Divorce      70

Family      70

Friendship and Friendliness      71

Homosexuality      71

Loneliness      72

Love      73

Marriage      73

Parents      73

Privacy      74

Sex      74

SOCIAL LIFE

Cars      75

Christmas      76

Classes      76

Education      77

Health Care      78

Information and Learning      78

Leisure      79

Poverty and Wealth      79

Progress      80

Society      80

Sport      81

Thanksgiving      82

Time      83

Tragedy      83

Work      83

CULTURE AND MEDIA

Architecture      84

Art      85

Chaplin, Charlie      86

Culture and Civilization      86

Dance      87

Dylan, Bob      87

Fashion      87

Fonda, Jane      88

Hellman, Lillian      88

Hollywood      88

Intellectuals      93

Journalism      93

Marx, Groucho      95

Monroe, Marilyn      95

Movies      96

Contents vi

Music      96

Presley, Elvis      97

Sinatra, Frank      98

Spielberg, Steven      98

Television      98

Theater      99

Warhol, Andy      99

Welles, Orson      100

West, Mae      100

LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

Capote, Truman      101

Dreiser, Theodore      101

Faulkner, William      101

Fitzgerald, F. Scott      102

Hemingway, Ernest      102

James, Henry      102

Language      103

Literature      104

Mailer, Norman      107

Miller, Henry      107

Parker, Dorothy      108

Poe, Edgar Allan      108

Pound, Ezra      108

Publishing and Publishers      109

Reading      109

Sandburg, Carl      109

Stein, Gertrude      110

Thurber, James      110

Twain, Mark      110

Updike, John      111

Whitman, Walt      111

Wilson, Edmund      111

Wolfe, Thomas      112

Wolfe, Tom      112

RELIGION AND BELIEF

Humanism      112

Jews      112

Lies and Truth      113

Materialism and Spirituality      113

Morality and Ethics      114

Reality      114

Religion      114

Secret Societies      115

Sunday      116

PAST AND FUTURE

Change      116

Future      116

Generations      117

Memory      117

The Past      117

Revolution      117

Tradition      118

Twentieth Century      118

Twenty-first Century      119

HISTORY

Confederacy      119

Declaration of Independence      119

Discovery      120

Heroes      121

History      121

Myth      122

WAR AND THE MILITARY

American Civil War      122

American Revolution      123

Korean War      125

MacArthur, General Douglas      125

The Military      126

NATO      126

Pentagon      126

Persian Gulf War      127

Spanish-American War      127

Vietnam War      127

War and Peace      130

World War I      132

World War II      132

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Canada      133

Cuba      135

England      135

Europe      137

France      140

Mexico      141

Panama      142

Russia      142

World      142

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Acheson, Dean      144

Adams, John Quincy      145

Bush, George      145

Bush, George W.      147

Carter, Jimmy      147

CIA      148

Clinton, Bill      148

Cold War      149

Communism      149

Congress      150

Coolidge, Calvin      152

Corruption      153

Cuban Missile Crisis      153

Democracy      153

Democrats and Republicans      154

Dissent      157

Dulles, John Foster      157

Eisenhower, Dwight D.      157

Elections      158

Fascism      159

First Lady      159

Ford, Gerald R.      160

Foreign Policy      160

Franklin, Benjamin      161

Government      162

Harding, Warren G.      162

Hoover, Herbert      163

House of Representatives      163

Jackson, Andrew      163

Jefferson, Thomas      163

Johnson, Lyndon B.      164

Kennedy, John F.      165

Kennedy, Robert      166

Kennedy Family      167

Kissinger, Henry      167

Lincoln, Abraham      167

McCarthy, Joseph, and McCarthyism      168

McKinley, William      169

NASA      169

Nixon, Richard M.      169

Pierce, Franklin      171

Politics      171

Power      173

Presidency      174

Reagan, Ronald      179

Roosevelt, Franklin D.      181

Roosevelt, Theodore      182

Security      183

The Senate      183

States      184

Stevenson, Adlai      184

Taft, William H.      184

Terrorist Attack      184

Truman, Harry S      185

Vice-presidency      185

Washington, George      186

Watergate      187

Webster, Daniel      188

Wilson, Woodrow      188

LAW AND ORDER

Capone, Al      189

Constitution      189

Crime      190

Drugs      191

FBI      191

Hoover, J. Edgar      191

Law      191

Prohibition      193

Supreme Court      193

Violence      194

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Business      194

Capitalism      195

Disney      195

Dollar      196

Economy      196

General Motors      197

McDonald’s      197

Microsoft and Bill Gates      197

Money      198

Taxes      199

Technology      200

Texas Instruments      200

Wall Street      200

FOOD

Food and Drink            200

Restaurants      202

Author and Speaker Index      203

Subject Index      215

Book Reviews & Awards

“indexes are useful…recommended”—Choice; “easy-to-use volume”—Against the Grain.