America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world.
?This is free ground. All the way from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by what your father was. Here you can be something. Here?s a place to build a home... It?s the idea that w
America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.
America is God?s Crucible, the great Melting Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming! Here you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups with your fifty languages and histories..
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
We go forth all to seek America. And in the seeking we create her. In the quality of our search shall be the nature of the America that we created.
It's rural America. It's where I came from. We always refer to ourselves as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not attempted to do. From Democracy in America
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense.. Human rights invented America.
I just want to say this. I want to say it gently but I want to say it firmly There is a tendency for the world to say to America, the big problems of the world are yours, you go and sort them out, and then to worry when America wants to sort them out.
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.
I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.