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    • I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
    • Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
    • The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
    • Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them.
    • An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
    • Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
    • I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
    • How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ''American'' before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
    • Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
      Statecraft as Soulcraft, by George F. Will
    • Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.
      Malcolm X Speaks, 1965, by Malcolm X
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