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Sunday, 4 July 2010

The Quotable Fourth of July and the U.S.A.

The Quotable Fourth of July and the U.S.A.

The Fourth of July is best known as the day on which the U.S.A. celebrates its independence gained back in 1776. As well as marking the 'birth' of a nation, July 4th is also the birthday of a number of famous Americans and they are celebrated with a selection of quotes by them ...

"Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained."
Nathaniel Hawthorne - author of The Scarlet Letter (b. 1804)

"Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me / For I come from Alabama / With my banjo on my knee."
Stephen Foster - songwriter Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races and My Old Kentucky Home (b. 1826)

"The chief business of the American people is business."
Calvin Coolidge - 30th President (b. 1872)

"The number one book of the ages was written by a committee, and it was called The Bible."
Louis B. Mayer - Hollywood producer (b. 1882)

"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."
Leona Helmsley - billionaire hotelier and real estate investor aka 'The Queen of Mean' (b. 1920)

"Painters can study the masters can't they? Musicians can hear Beethoven. What will filmmakers do?"
Eva Marie Saint - actress On The Waterfront [Oscar for Best Supporting Actress] and North By Northwest (b. 1924)

"Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money."
Neil Simon - playwright / screenwriter Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple [Tony Award] and California Suite (b. 1927)

"A myth is a story told in a historical context. You think of that name, Al Davis, and you think of an old, rich, white guy who owns the Raiders."
Al Davis - owner and former coach of the Oakland Raiders (b. 1929)

"Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa."
George Steinbrenner - shipping magnate and owner of the New York Yankees (b. 1930)

"I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you."
Bill Withers - singer / songwriter Lean on Me, Ain't No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us and Lovely Day (b. 1938)

"One of the real tests of journalistic integrity is being fair to someone who might best be described by a four-letter word."
Geraldo Rivera - TV reporter and chat show host (b. 1943)

"I am the living death, the Memorial Day on wheels. I am your Yankee Doodle Dandy, your John Wayne come home, your Fourth of July firecracker exploding in the grave."
Ron Kovic - Vietnam War vet, peace activist and author of Born on the Fourth of July (b. 1946)

To celebrate its independence day here are a few thought-provoking quotations about the United States of America ...

"I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed. I am many things, and many people. I am the nation. I am 213 million living souls - and the ghost of millions who have lived and died for me."
Otto Whittaker

"The United States is the only country with a known birthday."
James G. Blaine

"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."
Georges Clemenceau

"America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming!"
Israel Zangwill

"America is the only country ever founded on the printed word."
Marshall McLuhan

"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 a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there."
Laurence J. Peter

"America ... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."
Hunter S. Thompson

"America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people."
Gloria Steinem

"What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' "
Marilyn vos Savant

"America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole."
Bobcat Goldthwaite

"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America ... there's the United States of America."
President Barack Obama

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
President Bill Clinton

"For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that's sleeping in the unplowed ground."
President Lyndon B. Johnson

"And so, my fellow Americans ... ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
President John F. Kennedy

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1 comment:

  1. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America, there's the United States of America."