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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
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You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison. Craig L. Thomas, politician
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To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt, president
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An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee. American Proverbs,
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The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not. Hillary Clinton, politician
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In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession. Phyllis Schlafly, lawyer
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Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier. Kurt Vonnegut, author
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An American, a Negro... two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. W. E. B. Du Bois, writer
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America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard. Mikhail Gorbachev, statesman
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Part of the American dream is to own your own property - something no one can take from you. Henry Bonilla, politician
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...with the most infinite tenderness I have ever known in my life, he put his arms around me, gently, gently, and I embraced him around the neck, and we touched... Katherine Anne Porter, journalist
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I hated the lost colony; in second grade, we were doing American History, and they said, We don't know what happened to them. That drove me nuts. That lost colony drove me crazy. Sarah Vowell, author
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You want to defend citizenship? Don't persecute or isolate those without papers. Just live like a citizen. That'd be a first-class way to be American. Eric Liu, writer
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I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare. Eldridge Cleaver, activist
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American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc. Katherine Dunn, novelist
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The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult than the English for the simple reason that it was much more easy. Rebecca West, author
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Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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The American dream, to me, means having the opportunity to achieve, because I don't think you should be guaranteed anything other than opportunity. Lenny Wilkens,
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When it comes to college education, American families are paying more and getting less. Patricia Schroeder, leader
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I don't want to be the cliche American Idol dude. I want to be different, you know - that's the whole goal, me and music. It's about being yourself and being unique. Paul McDonald, musician
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All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. Carl Sagan, scientist
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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. Ernest Hemingway, novelist
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No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him. Herbert Hoover, president
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There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free. Jackie Robinson, athlete
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It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Marilu Henner, actress
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An estimated 2 million American women will be diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer this decade and screening could prevent up to 30% of these deaths for women over 40. Matthew Lesko, entertainer
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Unfortunately, the American justice system is just riddled with lies and inconsistencies. Tommy Chong, actor
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Let's just say, the American school of suburban angst is not my cup of tea. Katherine Dunn, novelist
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The American people do not have the information upon which they can hold the administration and responsible agencies accountable. I call that a coverup. Bob Graham, politician
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The late development of mass industrial organization in the United States has both stimulated and retarded the political development of the American working class. C. L. R. James, journalist
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When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. Isaac Asimov, scientist
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Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics. Ken Burns, director
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Consul - in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. John Quincy Adams, president
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Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag. Adrian Cronauer, entertainer
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English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did. Malcolm Bradbury, novelist
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People have no tolerance. They think all bugs are bad. It's the American way. If you don't like something, kill it. Carl Olson, athlete
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The American people are being victimized more than any free market would warrant. Gordon Smith, politician
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I don't think the American people, if you look historically, elect angry candidates. Ken Mehlman, politician
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I think we just need to stick to our knitting on the topics and the subjects the American people care about. Sam Brownback, politician
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I wish we would all remember that being American is not just about the freedom we have; it is about those who gave it to us. Mike Huckabee, politician
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You don't have freedom because you are a hyphenated American; you have freedom because you are an individual, and that should be protected. Ron Paul, politician
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I never thought I'd live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem. Mike Pence, politician
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I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of - of American capitalism. Warren Buffett, businessman
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I'm completely Americanized - I have an American accent, an American wife - but a residue of me is foreign. Dinesh D'Souza, author
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Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Dinesh D'Souza, author
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I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional. Fareed Zakaria, journalist
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I want the American people to understand that conservatism is an ideology of protecting the people and the people's rights. Jonathan Krohn, author
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Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. Gore Vidal, novelist
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When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril. Harry S. Truman, president
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The Rockwell magazine cover was more a part of the American reality than a record of it. Arthur C. Danto, critic
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She was the Judy Garland of American poetry. James Dickey, novelist
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Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went. John Updike, novelist
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The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through. Alexis de Tocqueville, historian
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There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress. Mark Twain, author
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If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. Noam Chomsky, activist
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Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force to an immovable object. Laurence J. Peter, writer
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When I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' Janeane Garofalo, comedian
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I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie. H. Rap Brown, activist
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We have the greatest hospitals, doctors, and medical technology in the world - we need to make them accessible to every American. Barbara Boxer, politician
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The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices. Bill Bradley, politician
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We simply must look beyond partisan goals and find common ground as Americans. It is imperative that the Members of Congress recognize that partisanship will not serve the American people. Michael Crapo, politician
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If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy. Marquis de Lafayette, revolutionary
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What a privilege it is to be an American! Thomas Starr King, clergyman
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I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet. Kenneth Koch, poet
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To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as basing stories on Roman mythology, Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies. Richard King, director
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Magic Realism is not new. The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new, its modern popularity is new, but it's been around as long as literature has been around. Terri Windling, artist
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Year by year we are learning that in this restless, strenuous American life of ours vacations are essential. Ellsworth Huntington, educator
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We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big. Carly Simon, musician
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Many American Muslims are peaceful and define jihad primarily as an internal struggle to improve. Marvin Olasky, educator
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No section of the American populace has been more completely deceived by the forces interested in keeping the truth from the people than America's youth. Francis Parker Yockey, writer
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Amin hid nothing. Everybody knew everything. Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow. Ryszard Kapuscinski, journalist
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Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners. Robert Morgan, poet
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The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics. Michael Pollan, educator
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The corruption of the American soul is consumerism. Ben Nicholson, artist
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I have always been a firm believer in the longstanding American principle of having the right to bear arms and I will remain committed to see that this freedom is not infringed upon, revoked, or limited in any way. Jeff Miller, politician
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Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe. Ezra Pound, poet
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If the American people don't love me, their descendants will. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
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Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what 'was' and 'were,' we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture. Buffy Sainte-Marie,
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If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children. Coretta Scott King, activist
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We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
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There are whole precincts of voters in this country whose united intelligence does not equal that of one representative American woman. Carrie Chapman Catt, activist
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We need to consider nominations as thoroughly and carefully as the American people deserve. No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Patrick Leahy, politician
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The rarest of all things in American life is charm. We spend billions every year manufacturing fake charm that goes under the heading of public relations. Without it, America would be grim indeed. Anita Loos, writer
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If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring. Marya Mannes, journalist
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One American said that the most interesting thing about Holy Ireland was that its people hate each other in the name of Jesus Christ. And they do! Bernadette Devlin, politician
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The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions. Henry A Kissinger, diplomat
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The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment. Jill Robinson,
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I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas. Ron Paul, politician
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It's never that hard for me to imagine what it must feel like to be someone else, whether it's an American teenage girl or a Japanese octogenarian man. Curtis Sittenfeld, writer
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If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege, as much equality as they bring to any American citizen, then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing. John Hope,
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If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never! William Pitt, leader
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The Army has carried the American ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability. Tom Lehrer, musician
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Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place. Woodrow Wilson, president
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The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry. Ernest Gellner, philosopher
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I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. Susan Sontag, author
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The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever. Maurice Hinchey,
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High school is such a shared experience in North American culture. Doug Coupland, author
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As Realtors, you live and breathe the American dream. Charlie Crist, politician
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If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over. Bill Kristol, politician
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I was outraged to learn that the president wanted to outsource operations at some American ports to the United Arab Emirates. Francine Busby,
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The death of chief justice Rehnquist and the president's nomination of John Roberts raises the stakes for the court and the American people exponentially. Ralph Neas,
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Rural American families who depend on firewood to heat their homes will be hit just as hard as those who use oil and natural gas. Richard Pombo, politician
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And we are grateful to the American young men and women who are risking their lives to give the Iraqi people this chance, this dream of democracy in Iraq now. Ahmed Chalabi, statesman
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American workers won't be able to compete fairly for jobs until companies have to pay higher wages in countries like China and India. Andy Stern, activist
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Major League Baseball is a national institution and we take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to how the game affects the lives of American youth. Bud Selig, celebrity
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I've always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America. Cindy Sheehan, activist
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If we stick together as an American people we can bring down the war criminals that are running our country right now. Cindy Sheehan, activist
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We're going to have a tax cut. Today's American family is overtaxed at all levels. Dick Armey, politician
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I ask the vice president to stop dodging the issue with legalese, and acknowledge his continued ties with Halliburton to the American people. Frank Lautenberg, politician
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We think there's a huge opportunity in smaller vehicles. Smaller vehicles done in an American way. Freeman Thomas, designer
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Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet. I'm always in Africa... And when I go to these places I see American policy written on the walls of oppression everywhere. Harry Belafonte, musician
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We just sent our condolences to the President of the United States and the American people on what is a terrible, terrible tragedy. Helen Clark, statesman
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I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet. Hugo Chavez, statesman
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There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large. Jack Kemp, politician
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The American consumer is also the American worker, and if we don't do something to protect our manufacturing base here at home, it is going to be hard to buy any retail goods. Lindsey Graham, politician
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The American people fear there is some gouging going on. Richard Shelby, politician
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The money the president wants to borrow for Iraq will come directly out of the American taxpayer wallets in the form of Medicare and Social Security receipts. That's your money. Robert Byrd, politician
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Dick Clark is an American icon. I am honored that he has entrusted me with such a role in this national tradition. Ryan Seacrest, entertainer
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But the thing we do know is whatever it costs to save and protect American lives in this conflict, we're going to spend. Saxby Chambliss, politician
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On the contrary, I tried on numerous occasions to convince the American president not to go to war. I did what was within my capabilities to avoid that happening. Silvio Berlusconi, statesman
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If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her... I like her. Simon Cowell, entertainer
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It's clear price gouging... The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively, relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever. Maurice Hinchey,
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The American people... want change. They want big ideas, big reform. Rahm Emanuel, politician
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We believe that the Federal Reserve has to carry on with a progressive increase in interest rates as a consequence of the American economy. Rodrigo Rato, politician
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No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government. Shirin Ebadi, lawyer
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The patience of the American public with dilatory diplomatic delays will be very limited. Tom Lantos, diplomat
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The best thing going for us is Al Gore. I cannot conceive how the American people could elect him. On the other hand, I couldn't conceive how they could elect a Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton - especially Clinton in '96. Lyn Nofziger,
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I think the American people have become more reliant upon government and less reliant upon themselves and that they now tend to put security ahead of freedom, but I think freedom is the most important aspect of our lives. Lyn Nofziger,
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I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart's lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most, more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream. Andrew Young, clergyman
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This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. Al Capone, criminal
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Most of the State of the Union will not be about Iraq. Most of the State of the Union will be about improving America's economy and providing greater access to health care for millions of American people, including senior citizens. Ari Fleischer, public servant
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The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, politician
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For if the Germans do not help defend the West, American and Canadian troops must cross the seas to do the job, and I venture to believe that the troops - if not the statesmen - regard this as an interference at least in their own domestic affairs. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher
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Pulling the plug on the BlackBerry could cost corporate America millions of dollars. The BlackBerry is more than e-mail but a handheld office, and if you shut down the BlackBerry, you shut off the data that powers American business. Al Smith, politician
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I wouldn't mind being in an American film for a laugh, but I certainly don't want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean. Audrey Tautou, actress
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I want to say with the utmost of sincerity, not as a Republican, but as an American, that I have great respect for Senator Obama's historic achievement to become his party's nominee, not because of his color, but with indifference to it. Mike Huckabee, politician
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I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a cliff, you have to change direction. That's what the American people called for in November, and that's what we intend to deliver. Barack Obama, president
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Let me say this, to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little tiny, yes, porky amendments - the American people really don't care. Charles Schumer, politician
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A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens. John Coleman, businessman
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Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions. Rick Santorum, politician
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American presidents always avoid shaking hands with brutal dictators, except when it's advantageous to do so. Elizabeth A. Sherman, educator
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Because of the structure of the contemporary American party system, every president is polarizing. Larry J. Sabato, educator
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American education has been littered with failed fads and foolish ideas for the past century. Diane Ravitch, historian
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Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission. Charles Krauthammer, journalist
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As an African American actress, there are people who have been staples in my life that opened a door that I can walk through. I hope that I can have that impact. Monique Coleman, actress
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There is a segment of the American population that has been excluded from the national myth, and that should be redressed. Edward Zwick, director
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I've never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them. That show is one of Fox's biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon Cowell's been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks. Wentworth Miller, actor
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No matter what happens, we couldn't let people say Asian-American actors can't act. Mako, actor
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What's interesting is the show allows for the awkward pauses to be captured, which makes it stylistically unique, especially for American audiences. Rainn Wilson, actor
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