"In America we get up in the morning, we go to work, and we solve our problems".
"It's always morning in America"
"Behind us lay the whole of America and everything Dean
and I had previously known about life, and life on the road.
We had finally found the magic land at the end of the road
and we never dreamed the extent of the magic."
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
"I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear"
"As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me".
"America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a
new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men
are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any
nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a
great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,
as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation
might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can
not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here,
have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will
little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what
they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which
they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be
here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored
dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not
have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.
"There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!”
John Hancock of Massachusetts
"Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much".
"I'm in charge".
Secretary of State Alexander Haig.
(said after Reagan was shot while then-VP George Bush was out of the country.
Haig apparently did not realize that next in line is the Speaker of the House, followed
by the Ranking Member of the Senate).
"Men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they
did not tell us what was in them".
Chief Red Cloud.
"O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea".
Katharine L. Bates, 1904.
"Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some
people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”
"His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters
almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people".
Frank Sinatra talking about Elvis Presley
"Man, I really like Vegas".
"You know it's funny what a young man recollects? 'Cause I don't remember
bein' born. I don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when
I went on my first outdoor picnic. But I do remember the first time I heard the
sweetest voice in the wide world".
"I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I'll tell ya something. All Elvis did was stand on
a stage and play a guitar. He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph".
"The Constitution only guarantees the American
people the right to pursue happiness. You have to
catch it yourself".
"If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American.
I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land".
"All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still
lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the
civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live,
and what they lived, we dream."
T.K. Whipple, "Study out the Land"
"We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from
Maine to Texas. But Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing
important to communicate."
"...if that energy could have been channelled into
anything more than noise, waste and pain it would
have lit up Indochina for a thousand years."
Michael Herr, "Dispatches".
"Riding on the City Of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail,
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
Three Conductors; twenty-five sacks of mail.
All along the southbound odyssey - the train pulls out of Kankakee,
And rolls along past houses, farms, and fields.
Passing trains that have no name, and freight yards full of old black men,
And the graveyards of the rusted automobile
Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don't you know me? I'm your native son,
I'm the train they call the City Of New Orleans,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done"
sung by Arlo Guthrie
"When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it".
November 5, 1994
My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would
make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through
our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing.
They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.
So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts,we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition.
Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.
At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done.
I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my
friends and supporters.
Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare
Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.
In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the
Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.
"He spent all night staring down at the lights of LA,
Wondering if he could ever go home".
Bob Seger, lyrics, "Hollywood Nights"
"We were the children of the 1950s and John F. Kennedy's young stalwarts of the early 1960s.
He told the world that Americans would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship" in the defence
of freedom. We were the down payment on that costly contract, but the man who signed it was not there
when we fulfilled his promise.
John F. Kennedy waited for us on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, and in time we came by the thousands
to fill those slopes with our white marble markers and to ask the murmur of the wind if that was truly the future
he had envisioned for us".
Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, "We Were Soldiers Once and Young"
"A place which one longs to reach; an ultimate or idealized destination or aim;
an (esp. newly identified) object of personal ambition or desire"
Oxford English Dictionary.
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government's right to know what I own.
Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed
protection yet decry me having the same a crime.
You ma'am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not
have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve.
I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country.
I am the man who learned. I am an American.
You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign
against the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps