The Morrow Book of Quotations in American History

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Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.

( The People, Yes, 1936)

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

( New York Times, 13 February 1959)

Margaret Sanger (1883-1966): Birth-control pioneer

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

( Motherhood in Bondage, 1928)

Awaken the womanhood of America to free the motherhood of the world!

( My Fight for Birth Control, 1931)

George Santayana (1863-1952). Philosopher

It is right to prefer our own country to all others, because we are children and citizens before we can be travellers or philosophers.

( The Life of Reason, 1905)

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.

( The Last Puritan, 1935)

American life is a powerful solvent. It seems to neutralize every intellectual element, however tough and alien it may be, and to fuse it in the native goodwill, complacency, thoughtlessness, and optimism.

All his life [the American] jumps into the train after it has started and jumps out before it has stopped; and he never once gets left behind, or breaks a leg.

( Character and Opinion in the United States, 1920)

Mario Savio (1942-): Student-movement leader

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part; you can't even tacitly take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the

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