- Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) ch. 6; see Wilde 1812–84 American epigrammatist: Oliver Wendell Holmes
- America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
1859–1929 American writer and educationist: ‘America the Beautiful’ (1893)
- 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.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag (1892) 1856–1931 American clergyman and editor:
- 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.
1888–1989 American songwriter: ‘God Bless America’ (1939 song)
- 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. 1924– American Republican statesman, 41st President 1989–93: acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, 18 August 1988
- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America. 1946– American Democratic statesman, 42nd President 1993–2001: 1993 inaugural address
- 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.
Anonymous 1878–1942 American songwriter, dramatist, and producer: ‘Yankee Doodle Boy’ (1904 song); see
- The chief business of the American people is business. 1872–1933 American Republican statesman, 30th President 1923–9: speech in Washington, 17 January 1925
- ‘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
is 5 (1926) p. 62 (Edward Estlin Cummings) 1894–1962 American poet:
- Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,—
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
1732–1808 American politician: ‘The Liberty Song’ (1768)
- I name thee Old Glory.
saluting a new flag hoisted on his ship, the Charles Doggett 1803–86 American sailor: attributed
- The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Look 5 March 1957 1894–1972 British monarch, King of the United Kingdom, 1936: in
- Isn't this a billion dollar country?
responding to a Democratic gibe about a ‘million dollar Congress’
North American Review March 1892; also attributed to Thomas B. Reed 1828–1904 American politician: at the 51st Congress, in
- Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988) 1856–1939 Austrian psychiatrist; originator of psychoanalysis: Peter Gay
- Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
New York Tribune: Hints toward Reforms (1850); see Soule 1811–72 American founder and editor of the
- 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.
1912–67 American folk singer and songwriter: ‘This Land is Your Land’ (1956 song)
- The American system of rugged individualism. 1874–1964 American Republican statesman, 31st President 1929–33: speech in New York City, 22 October 1928
- America is not a lie, it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope.
American Politics: the Promise of Disharmony (1981) 1927–2008 American political scientist:
- 'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
1779–1843 American lawyer and verse-writer: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (1814)
- Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York 1849–87 American poet: ‘The New Colossus’ (1883)
- The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
On the Contrary (1961) 1912–89 American novelist:
- Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
Quote Magazine 8 October 1961 1895–1990 American sociologist: in
- 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
New York Times 28 July 2004 (online edition) 1961– American Democratic statesman, 44th President 2009–17: Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004, in
- 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.
American's Creed (prize-winning competition entry, 1918) in Congressional Record vol. 56; see Lincoln 1868–1942 American clerk of the House of Representatives:
- If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. 1911–2004 American Republican statesman; 40th President 1981–9: speech to ecumenical prayer breakfast in Dallas, Texas, August 1984
- I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. 1882–1945 American Democratic statesman, 32nd President 1933–45: speech to the Democratic Convention in Chicago, 2 July 1932, accepting the presidential nomination
- 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. 1858–1919 American Republican statesman, 26th President 1901–9: speech in New York, 12 October 1915
- 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?
c.1831–90 Sioux chief: to Major Brotherton, recorded July 1881
- I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Ev'rything free in America
For a small fee in America!
West Side Story 1930– American songwriter: ‘America’ (1957 song) in
- In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
The Geographical History of America (1936) 1874–1946 American writer:
- 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.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) ch. 1 1768–1813 Shawnee chief: Dee Brown
- 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. 1946– American businessman and Republican statesman, 45th President from 2017: inaugural address, 20 January 2017
- America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
Problems (1980) ‘How to Love America and Leave it at the Same Time’ 1932–2009 American novelist and short-story writer:
- The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
Leaves of Grass (1855) preface 1819–92 American poet:
- America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!
The Melting Pot (1908) act 1 1864–1926 Jewish spokesman and writer: