America Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old america quotes, america sayings, and america proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman
Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That's the greatness of this country. Rafael Cruz
America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life. George W. Bush
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. Max Lerner
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Bill Clinton
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey
America is a tune. It must be sung together. Gerald Stanley Lee
America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true. James T. Farrell
America is great because it has as much diversity in geographies as it does in peoples. Aurora Raigne
America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them. James Michener
If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there's nothing you can't accomplish. Geraldine Ferraro
Only Americans can hurt America. Dwight D. Eisenhower
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. Georges Clemenceau
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. Peter Alexander Ustinov
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact ? the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality Adlai Stevenson
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples. Walter Lippman
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. Gloria Steinem
America: Where a man can say what he thinks, if he isn't afraid of his wife, his boss, his customer, his neighbors, or the government. Joe Moore
America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. Laurence J. Peter
America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. Arnold Toynbee
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. John Updike
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still. E. E. Cummings
America is the best half-educated country in the world. Nicholas Murray Butler
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. Frank Zappa
America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself. Georg W. Hegel
America is a young country with an old mentality. George Santayana
The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of america is justice and securing the blessings of liberty. George F. Will
America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this. Barack Obama
America is just downright mean. Michelle Obama
In America, your ancestors don't matter so much. You're just you. Lensey Namioka
America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America. Bill Clinton
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde
I think in our desire to create a better America,we have to have civilized debate in this country and not just yelling. Craig Ferguson
It is our duty and our privilege to keep America moving forward. Bill Frist
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it. Mark Twain
Regarding the fitness craze: America has lost its soul; now it's trying to save its body. George Carlin
America preaches integration and practices segregation. Malcolm X
America is too great for small dreams. Ronald Reagan
America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. Alexis de Tocqueville
The major fortunes in America have been made in land. John D. Rockefeller
America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land. Philip James Bailey
The magic of America is that we're a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom. Madeleine Albright
America is the only idealistic nation in the world. Woodrow Wilson
America is great, because America is free. Dan Quayle
America is not merely a nation but a nation of nations. Lyndon B. Johnson
America will never run... And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders. George W. Bush
America is a great country, but you can't live in it for nothing. Will Rogers
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. D.H. Lawrence
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America. Jimmy Carter
America forms the longest and straightest bone in the earth's skeleton. Ellsworth Huntington
The freedom to be an individual is the essence of America. Marilyn vos Savant
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 a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them. William J. Clinton
All great change in America begins at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan
In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem. George Carlin
In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. Barack Obama
United States: the country where liberty is a statue. Nicanor Parra
There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other. Abraham Lincoln
The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children. King Edward VIII
Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another check-out line. Ann Landers
The idea of America is so wonderful because the more equal something is, the more American it is Andy Warhol
America is a land where men govern, but women rule. John Mason Brown
America's greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better. Anthony Walton
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence. Elbert Hubbard
America is not just a country, it's an idea. Bono
America's one of the finest countries anyone ever stole. Bobcat Goldthwaite
By heritage and by choice, the United States of America will make that stand. George W. Bush
From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That's how we win the future. Barack Obama
What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an idea— that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will. Barack Obama
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent & respectable stranger but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges. George Washington
The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy. George Washington
The declaration of Independence only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin
So, at last, I was going to America! Really, really going, at last! The boundaries burst. The arch of heaven soared. A million sun shone out of every star. The winds rushed out into outer space, roaring in my ears, 'America! America!' Mary Antin
Americans were involved, not simply in a defense of their own rights but in a worldwide struggle for the salvation of liberty itself. Gordon Wood
The fate of America cannot depend on anyone man. The greatness of America is grounded in principle and not on any single personality. Franklin D. Roosevelt
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan
The thing we find hard to understand about supremacy is why, if it is right for America, it isn't right for every other nation. E.B. White
Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free. Henry David Thoreau
The people stared at us everywhere, and we stare at them. We bore down on them with America's greatness until we crushed them. Mark Twain
Yet, in America, it is the poor who make the laws and usually they reserve the greatest benefits of society for themselves Tocqueville
The name of the game in America is banks and power. And one does not have to investigate too far to discover that the Western economy has been built on the backs of non-white people. James Baldwin
O, yes, / I say it plain, / America never was America to me / And yet I swear this oath— / America will be. Langston Hughes
Woman governs America because America is a land of boys who refuse to grow up. Salvador De Madriaga
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America. Barack Obama
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. Alexis de Tocqueville
America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. Warren G. Harding
What I love about America is not necessarily the American Dream but the fact that there's so much spirit of fighting to continue to dream once the dreams are broken. Chloe Zhao
Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate. Ted Nugent
America's healthcare system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. Walter Cronkite
I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love. Mitt Romney
That's why they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. George Carlin
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. Gore Vidal
'You're in America now,' I said. 'Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.' Jim Butcher
This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. Jack Kerouac
The greatest Americans / have not been born yet / they are waiting patiently / for the past to die. Saul Williams
Being an American is about having the right to be who you are. Sometimes that doesn't happen. Herb Ritts
“n America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. Bertrand Russell