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Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.

It is not known precisely where angels dwell -- whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
France was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it still that quality of the idea, was harder to utter -- it was the graves at Shiloh and the tired, drawn, nervous faces of its great men, and the country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered. It was a willingness of the heart.
American is a very difficult language mixed with English.
It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see.
Their manners, speech, dress, friendships, -- the freshness and candor of their physiognomy -- the picturesque looseness of their carriage -- their deathless attachment to freedom -- their aversion to anything indecorous or soft or mean -- the practical acknowledgment of the citizens of one state by the citizens of all other states -- the fierceness of their roused resentment -- their curiosity and welcome of novelty -- their self-esteem and wonderful sympathy -- their susceptibility to a slight -- the air they have of persons who never knew how it felt to stand in the presence of superiors -- the fluency of their speech -- their delight in music, a sure symptom of manly tenderness and native elegance of soul -- their good temper and open-handedness -- the terrible significance of their elections, the President's taking off his hat to them, not they to him -- these too are unrhymed poetry. It awaits the gigantic and generous treatment worthy of it.
Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. [Hebrews 13:2]
It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.
A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.
A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.
In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.
I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. [Job 12:12]
Age doesn't matter, unless you're cheese.
It's good to be here. At 98, it's good to be anywhere.
A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.
There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.
The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.
Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.
While we look not a that things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:18]
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [2 Corinthians 4:16]
We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others.
Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.
A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.
The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.
America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.
America -- rather, the United States -- seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warm-hearted, over-friendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures; its people are travelers and wanderers by nature, moving, shifting, restless; swarming in Fords, in ocean liners; craving entertainment; volatile. The chuckle among the nations of the world.
I have a great fear for the moral will of Americans if it takes more than a week to achieve the results.
It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
I pray we are still a young and courageous nation, that we have not grown so old and so fat and so prosperous that all we can think about is to sit back with our arms around our money bags. If we choose to do that I have no doubt that the smoldering fires will burst into flame and consume us -- dollars and all.
America is a great country, but you can't live in it for nothing.
It is impossible for a stranger traveling through the United States to tell from the appearance of the people or the country whether he is in Toledo, Ohio, or Portland, Oregon. Ninety million Americans cut their hair in the same way, eat each morning exactly the same breakfast, tie up the small girls curls with precisely the same kind of ribbon fashioned into bows exactly alike; and in every way all try to look and act as much like all the others as they can.
If you think the United States has stood still, who built The largest shopping center in the world?
America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that's 5000 millimeters off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We're in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.
Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, The trouble with this country is...
America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
America is not a democracy, it's an absolute monarchy ruled by King Kid. In a nation of immigrants, the child is automatically more of an American than his parents. Americans regard children as what Mr. Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs called betters. Aping their betters, American adults do their best to turn themselves into children. Puerility exercises droit de seigneur everywhere.
If we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green. If we in America have reached that point in our desperate culture when we must murder children, no matter for what reason or what color, we don't deserve to survive, and probably won t.
I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.
There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up.
Some men are born old, and some men never seem so. If we keep well and cheerful, we are always young and at last die in youth even when in years would count as old.
It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
Youth is a blunder, manhood is a struggle and old age a regret.
Without alienation, there can be no politics.
America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
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.
At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.
America is a land where men govern, but women rule.
America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.
America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin For one dollar and use it up in two weeks.
It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die.
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the gray head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.
A word to the wise isn't necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice.
Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.
To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
In those days he was wiser than he is now -- he used frequently to take my advice.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Let no man under value the price of a virtuous woman's counsel.
The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.
Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take.
A fool think he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. [Proverbs 12:15]
Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.
We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.
To advise is easier than to help.
If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.
Good advice is beyond all price.
It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.
Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order.
The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
All men of action are dreamers.
Did anyone ever have a boring dream?
Cutting the space budget really restores my faith in humanity. It eliminates dreams, goals, and ideals and lets us get straight to the business of hate, debauchery, and self-annihilation.
If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.
All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men; they act out their dreams to make them reality.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

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