1. 10

    I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose.

    18
  2. 9

    If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.

    18
  3. 8

    America is an open society, more open than any other in the world. People of every race, of every color, of every culture are welcomed here to create a new life for themselves and their families. And what do these people who enter into the American mainstream have in common? English, our shared common language.

    20
  4. 7

    You guys are both saying the same thing. The only reason you're arguing is because you're using different words.

    20
  5. 6

    Bilingualism for the individual is fine, but not for a country.

    23
  6. 5

    The meanings of words are not in the words, they are in us.

    26
  7. 4

    In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.

    37
  8. 3

    It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.

    48
  9. 2

    We should keep [the Panama Canal]. After all, we stole it fair and square.

    50
  10. 1

    It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.

    63
  11. Last Update: 16 January 2022

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