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United States 

  1. Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.
    Thomas Gold Appleton 1812–84 American epigrammatist: Oliver Wendell Holmes The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) ch. 6; see Wilde
  2. America! America!
    God shed His grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!
     
    Katherine Lee Bates 1859–1929 American writer and educationist: ‘America the Beautiful’ (1893)
  3. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    Francis Bellamy 1856–1931 American clergyman and editor: The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag (1892)
  4. God bless America,
    Land that I love,
    Stand beside her and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From the mountains to the prairies,
    To the oceans white with foam,
    God bless America,
    My home sweet home.
     
    Irving Berlin 1888–1989 American songwriter: ‘God Bless America’ (1939 song)
  5. We are a nation of communities, of tens and tens of thousands of ethnic, religious, social, business, labour union, neighbourhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary, and unique…a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.
    George Bush 1924–  American Republican statesman, 41st President 1989–93: acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, 18 August 1988
  6. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America.
    William Jefferson (‘Bill’) Clinton 1946–  American Democratic statesman, 42nd President 1993–2001: 1993 inaugural address
  7. I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy,
    A Yankee Doodle, do or die;
    A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's,
    Born on the fourth of July.
     
    George M. Cohan 1878–1942 American songwriter, dramatist, and producer: ‘Yankee Doodle Boy’ (1904 song); see Anonymous
  8. The chief business of the American people is business.
    Calvin Coolidge 1872–1933 American Republican statesman, 30th President 1923–9: speech in Washington, 17 January 1925
  9. ‘next to of course god america i
    love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
    say can you see by the dawn's early my
    country 'tis of centuries come and go
     
    e. e. cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) 1894–1962 American poet: is 5 (1926) p. 62
  10. Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,—
    By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
     
    John Dickinson 1732–1808 American politician: ‘The Liberty Song’ (1768)
  11. I name thee Old Glory.
    saluting a new flag hoisted on his ship, the Charles Doggett
    William Driver 1803–86 American sailor: attributed
  12. The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
    Edward VIII, afterwards Duke of Windsor 1894–1972 British monarch, King of the United Kingdom, 1936: in Look 5 March 1957
  13. Isn't this a billion dollar country?
    responding to a Democratic gibe about a ‘million dollar Congress’
    Charles Foster 1828–1904 American politician: at the 51st Congress, in North American Review March 1892; also attributed to Thomas B. Reed
  14. Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
    Sigmund Freud 1856–1939 Austrian psychiatrist; originator of psychoanalysis: Peter Gay Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988)
  15. Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
    Horace Greeley 1811–72 American founder and editor of the New York Tribune: Hints toward Reforms (1850); see Soule
  16. This land is your land, this land is my land,
    From California to the New York Island.
    From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
    This land was made for you and me.
     
    Woody Guthrie 1912–67 American folk singer and songwriter: ‘This Land is Your Land’ (1956 song)
  17. The American system of rugged individualism.
    Herbert Hoover 1874–1964 American Republican statesman, 31st President 1929–33: speech in New York City, 22 October 1928
  18. America is not a lie, it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope.
    Samuel Huntington 1927–2008 American political scientist: American Politics: the Promise of Disharmony (1981)
  19. 'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
     
    Francis Scott Key 1779–1843 American lawyer and verse-writer: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (1814)
  20. Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
     
    inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York
    Emma Lazarus 1849–87 American poet: ‘The New Colossus’ (1883)
  21. The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
    Mary McCarthy 1912–89 American novelist: On the Contrary (1961)
  22. Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
    Lewis Mumford 1895–1990 American sociologist: in Quote Magazine 8 October 1961
  23. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America…We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking round our libraries in the red states.
    on the view of a red and blue America divided by party
    Barack Obama 1961–  American Democratic statesman, 44th President 2009–17: Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004, in New York Times 28 July 2004 (online edition)
  24. I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable, established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
    William Tyler Page 1868–1942 American clerk of the House of Representatives: American's Creed (prize-winning competition entry, 1918) in Congressional Record vol. 56; see Lincoln
  25. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
    Ronald Reagan 1911–2004 American Republican statesman; 40th President 1981–9: speech to ecumenical prayer breakfast in Dallas, Texas, August 1984
  26. I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882–1945 American Democratic statesman, 32nd President 1933–45: speech to the Democratic Convention in Chicago, 2 July 1932, accepting the presidential nomination
  27. There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
    Theodore Roosevelt 1858–1919 American Republican statesman, 26th President 1901–9: speech in New York, 12 October 1915
  28. What law have I broken? Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red, because I am Sioux, because I was born where my fathers lived, because I would die for my people and my country?
    Sitting Bull c.1831–90 Sioux chief: to Major Brotherton, recorded July 1881
  29. I like to be in America!
    O.K. by me in America!
    Ev'rything free in America
    For a small fee in America!
     
    Stephen Sondheim 1930–  American songwriter: ‘America’ (1957 song) in West Side Story
  30. In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
    Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 American writer: The Geographical History of America (1936)
  31. Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pokanoket, and many other once powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and oppression of the white man, as snow before the summer sun.
    Tecumseh 1768–1813 Shawnee chief: Dee Brown Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) ch. 1
  32. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first—America first.
    Donald Trump 1946–  American businessman and Republican statesman, 45th President from 2017: inaugural address, 20 January 2017
  33. America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
    John Updike 1932–2009 American novelist and short-story writer: Problems (1980) ‘How to Love America and Leave it at the Same Time’
  34. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
    Walt Whitman 1819–92 American poet: Leaves of Grass (1855) preface
  35. America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!
    Israel Zangwill 1864–1926 Jewish spokesman and writer: The Melting Pot (1908) act 1