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Tell your people that since the Great Father promised that we should never be removed we have been moved five times. I think you had better put the Indians on wheels so you can run them about wherever you wish.
- - - Anonymous Indian chief, 1876

America, America! God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
- - - Katherine Lee Bates

We are sojourners and strangers in this nation that rewards those who succumb to the temptation of the desert.
- - - Joan B. Campbell

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
- - - George Carlin

Americans always try to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else.
- - - Winston Churchill

America knows nothing of food, love, or art.
- - - Isadora Duncan

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
- - - Gerald Early

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.
- - - Lyndon Baines Johnson

America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top.
- - - Charlie King

In America half an hour is forty minutes.
- - - German Proverb

America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
- - - Bobcat Goldthwait

I don't see much future for the Americans. Everything about the behavior of the American society reveals that it's half judaized, and the other half is negrified. How can one expect a state like that to hold together?
- - - Adolf Hitler

When I was a graduate student at Harvard, I learned about showers and central heating. Ten years later, I learned about breakfast meetings. These are America's three contributions to civilization.
- - - Mervyn A. King

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell the truth.
- - - H. L. Mencken

Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish.
- - - Henry Miller

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
- - - Robert Orben

In America, anyone can become President. That's one of the risks you take.
- - - Adlai Stevenson

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
- - - Arnold Toynbee

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
- - - Oscar Wilde

America is one long expectoration.
- - - Oscar Wilde

One comes to the United States--always, no matter how often--to see the future. It's what life in one's own country will be like, five, ten, twenty years from now.
- - - Ehud Yonay

America is God's crucible, the great melting pot.
- - - Israel Zangwill

Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plow the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
- - - Henry Van Dyke "America for Me"


Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibar tree,
And he sang as he sat and waited for his billy-boil,
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
- - - Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson "Australia's National Song"

Australia, n. A country lying in the South Sea, whose industrial and commercial development has been unspeakably retarded by an unfortunate dispute among geographers as to whether it is a continent or an island.
- - -Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"


Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.
- - - Richard Brenner

Canada has never been a melting pot; more like a tossed salad.
- - - Arnold Edinborough

I fear that I have not got much to say about Canada, not having seen much; what I got by going to Canada was a cold.
- - - Henry David Thoreau "A Yankee in Canada" (1853)

Canada: A few acres of snow.
- - - Voltaire


The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.
- - - James Agate

English coffee tastes like water that has been squeezed out of a wet sleeve.
- - - Fred Allen "Treadmill to Oblivion"

England is a nation of shopkeepers.
- - - Napoleon Bonaparte

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- - - Philip Dunne

The Englishman who has lost his fortune is said to have died of a broken heart.
- - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses.
- - - John Florio "First Frutes"

The English find ill-health not only interesting but respectable and often experience death in the effort to avoid a fuss.
- - - Pamela Frankau

The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.
- - - Margaret Halsey

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- - - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than the sex.
- - - Jackie Mason

If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck.
- - - Jackie Mason

Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
- - - George Mikes

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- - - George Bernard Shaw

I know why the sun never sets on the British Empire: God wouldn't trust an Englishman in the dark.
- - - Duncan Spaeth

English people apparently queue up as a sort of hobby. A family man might pass a mild autumn evening by taking the wife and kids to stand in the cinema queue for a while and then leading them over for a few minutes in the sweetshop queue and then, as a special treat for the kids, saying "Perhaps we've time to have a look at the Number Thirty-One bus queue before we turn in."
- - -Calvin Trillin

Anyone who has been to an English public school will feel comparatively at home in prison.
- - - Evelyn Waugh

The English never abolish anything. They put it in cold storage.
- - - Alfred North Whitehead

I did a picture in England one winter and it was so cold I almost got married.
- - - Shelley Winters


Every man has two countries, his own and France.
- - - Henri de Bornier

The French are sawed-off sissies who eat snails and slugs and cheese that smells like people's feet. Utter cowards who force their own children to drink wine, they gibber like baboons even when you try to speak to them in their own wimpy language.
- - - P. J. O'Rourke

France has neither winter, summer, nor morals - apart from these drawbacks it it a fine country.
- - - Mark Twain

France is a country where the money falls apart but you can't tear the toilet paper.
- - - Billy Wilder


The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.
- - - Clifton Fadiman

You can always reason with a German. You can always reason with a barnyard animal, too, for all the good it does.
- - - P. J. O'Rourke "Holidays in Hell"

Germany is a machine for producing geniuses. Its crowning product was the German Jew which in suitably dramatic style it then tried to destroy.
- - - Michel Tournier

Germany, the diseased world's bathhouse.
- - - Mark Twain


The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung.

Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all except their sun is set.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron


It is not enough to be Hungarian; you must have talent, as well.
- - - Alexander Korda


Yet dearer still that Irish hill than all the world beside;
It’s home, sweet home, where’er I roam, through lands and waters wide

- - - William Allingham "Adieu to Belashanny"

This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
- - - Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent.
- - - Hugh Leonard

O Ireland isn't it grand you look--
Like a bride in her rich adornin?
And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o' the mornin!
- - - John Locke "The Exile's Return"

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
- - - Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

I'm troubled, I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.
- - - Marianne Moore "Spenser's Ireland"

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In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
- - - David Ben Gurion, 1956


Open my heart and you will see,
Graved inside of it, 'Italy'.
- - - Robert Browning

Midnight, and love, and youth, and Italy!
- - - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

I love the language, that soft bastard Latin,
Which melts like kisses from a female mouth,
And sounds as if it should be writ on satin
With syllables which breathe of the sweet South.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron

Italia! O Italia! thou who hast
The fatal gift of beauty.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.
- - - Samuel Johnson

Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose!
- - - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Wilhelm Meister"


The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.
- - - Paul Theroux "The Great Railway Bazaar" (1975)


Round the centre of the covered market, where there is a basin of water, are the flowers: red, white, pink roses in heaps, many-coloured little carnations, poppies, bits of larkspur, lemon and orange marigolds, buds of madonna lilies, pansies, a few forget-me-nots. They don't bring the tropical flowers. Only the lilies come wild from the hills, and the mauve red orchids."
- - - D. H. Lawrence " Mornings in Mexico "

the heart
of Mexico sits in the rain
not caring to seek shelter,
a blanket of geranium pink drawn up
over his silent mouth.
- - - Denise Levertov "Five Poems from Mexico"

The Mexican...is familiar with death. [He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.
- - - Octavio Paz

Mexico is a nineteenth-century country arranged for gaslight. Once brought into the harsh light of the twentieth-century media, Mexico can only seem false. In its male, in its public, its city aspect, Mexico is an arch-tranvestite, a tragic buffoon. Dogs bark and babies cry when Mother Mexico walks abroad in the light of day. The policeman, the Marxist mayor-Mother Mexico doesn't even bother to shave her mustachios. Swords and rifles and spurs and bags of money chink and clatter beneath her skirts. A chain of martyred priests dangles from her waist, for she is an austere, pious lady. Ay, how much-clutching her jangling bosoms; spilling cigars-how much she has suffered
- - - Richard Rodriguez "Night and Day" (1990)

Mexico is the front door to South America - and the back door to the states..."
- - - Tennessee Williams " Night of the Iguana"


I took a course in speed reading and was able to read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It's about Russia.
- - - Woody Allen

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
- - - Winston Churchill (radio speech, Oct. 1, 1939)

Russians will consume marinated mushrooms and vodka, salted herring and vodka, smoked salmon and vodka, salami and vodka, caviar on brown bread and vodka, pickled cucumbers and vodka, cold tongue and vodka, red beet salad and vodka, scallions and vodka-anything and everything and vodka.
- - - Hedrick Smith "The Russians"


There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
- - - J. M. Barrie

A land of meanness, sophistry and lust.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron

The “second sight” possessed by the Highlanders in Scotland is actually a foreknowledge of future events. I believe they possess this gift because they don’t wear trousers.

- - - G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg “Notebook L,” aph. 26, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799)

That garret of the earth - that knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur.
- - - Sydney Smith


The food in Yugoslavia is fine if you like pork tartare.
- - - Ed Begley, Jr.

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