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Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are
by Jacques Maritain

Americans seem sometimes to believe that if you are
a thinker you must be a frowning bore,
because thinking is so damn serious.
- Jacques Maritain

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
- Jacques Maritain

A man of courage flees forward, in the midst of new things.
- Jacques Maritain

The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him,
and that in him, at a single awakening,
they and he come forth together out of sleep.
- Jacques Maritain

 

A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of
an infinity of experiences.
- Jacques Maritain

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man,
sense, imagination, intellect, love,
desire,
instinct, blood and spirit together.
- Jacques Maritain

We don't love qualities; we love a person;
sometimes by reason of their defects as well as their qualities.
- Jacques Maritain

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The great and admirable strength of America consists in this,
that America is truly the American people.
- Jacques Maritain

I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea,
a big ocean.
Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops,
and it seems it will engulf everything.
Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.
- Jacques Maritain

Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.
- Jacques Maritain

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Americans want action for their money.
They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work.
- Paula Nelson

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

People are stunned to hear that one company has data
files on 185 million Americans.
- Ralph Nader

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers.
This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated
thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
- Albert Einstein

I predict future happiness for Americans
if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -
after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill

The cost of freedom is always high,
but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never choose,
and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
- John F. Kennedy

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they
eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.
- Christopher Dodd

Americans have been selling this view around the world:
that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property.
- Lawrence Lessig

Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Europe and America must act together in the face of evil.
It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore
that unity and be able to take actions collectively together.
- Wesley Clark

It is a mystery why any Americans would support the concept of the EU.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people
not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments,
and that leads to more fear.
We'll break out of it.
It takes time.
- Warren Buffett

One in 5 Americans is touched by the Red Cross every single year.
- Robert Brady

All that happens is that the destruction of human beings -
unless they're Americans -
is called collateral damage.
- Harold Pinter

We Americans entered a new phase in our history -
the era of integration -
in 1954.
- Constance Baker Motley

Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with
Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke.
- W. Averell Harriman

The Republicans have chosen to neglect young Americans
who need assistance with the costs of higher education.
- John Conyers

The standardized American is largely a myth created
not least by Americans themselves.
- Irwin Edman

The federal government has a responsibility to protect
all Americans from potential terrorist attack.
- Bob Etheridge

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are
rooted in the system of slavery.
- Charles Rangel

I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress.
- Rick Renzi

As polarized as we have been, we Americans are locked
in a cultural war for the soul of our country.
- Patrick Buchanan

The European nations' loss of sovereignty to the EU
should be a warning to Americans.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
- Bob Geldof

The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop,
as many Americans have painfully learned.
- William Greider

Currently, more than 4.7 million African Americans
receive Social Security benefits,
and nearly 8 million people with disabilities depend
on Social Security for their daily sustenance.
- Chaka Fattah

It is essential that all Americans take the time to
honor and remember those individuals who gave their
lives in defense of our liberty.
- Charles Schumer

Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.
- Pras Michel

The time is near at hand which must determine whether
Americans are to be free men or slaves.
- George Washington

Democrats are not about to nominate anyone who backs the tax cut,
and Americans are not going to elect anyone who favors a tax increase.
- Dick Morris

My American gay audience have continued to dance and
sing to the music I make in a way that straight Americans haven't.
I am grateful to them for that.
- George Michael

According to the American Heart Association,
the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
in the United States is among the highest in the world.
- Xavier Becerra

The fact is that the Vietnamese held Americans after 1973.
- Bo Gritz

I think Americans like the practical;
they like the human.
And I like both those things myself,
and I try and put them into my books.
- John Keegan

We can preserve Social Security benefits for generations
of Americans without privatizing this important program.
- Richard Neal

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

I think Americans should have a policy of love.
That should be the foreign policy, love.
Export Love.
- Ziggy Marley

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane.
But, too often, U.S.
actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
- Howard Zinn

The Americans are optimistic by their nature.
And they are hopeful.
- Chaka Fattah

One of the great problems with Americans is that -
being a decent people -
they assume that everyone else is equally decent.
- Meir Kahane

In New York City, everyone is an exile,
none more so than the Americans.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

If so many Americans are looking for the government to save them,
then it is hard to have a dignified search for a shepherd in chief.
- James Bovard

All Americans should have access to quality,
affordable health care.
- Christopher Dodd

Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -
as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt:
God did it.
- Florence King

Let the word go forth from this time and place,
to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed
to a new generation of Americans -
born in this century, tempered by war,
disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
- John F. Kennedy

The black situation has changed.
They finally realized they're Americans.
- Leslie Fiedler

We Americans are the best informed people on earth
as to the events of the last twenty-four hours;
we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.
- Will Durant

Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
- Andrew Jackson

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

I think race has been a burden for black Americans.
Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many
people do not understand Islam.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
- Ambrose Bierce

Americans work a long away ahead of themselves because
of the size of the place.
To make any impact at all you have to promote yourself
with live performances ages before a release.
- James Taylor

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

Americans are like Pac Man.
We just eat our way through the day.
There's always something going into the mouth.
- Diane Lane


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