The Morrow Book of Quotations in American History

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Israel Zangwill (1864–1926): Russian-born writer

A fig for your feuds and vendettas! Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians -- into the Crucible with you all! God is making the American.

( The Melting Pot, 1908)

America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!

(Ibid.)

The real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you -- he will be the fusion of all the races, the coming superman.

(Ibid.)

Arthur Zimmermann (1858–1940): German foreign minister

We intend to begin unrestricted submarine warfare on the first of February. We shall endeavor in spite of this to keep the United States neutral. In the event of this not succeeding, we make Mexico a proposal of alliance on the following basis: make war together, make peace together, generous financial support, and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

(Coded telegram to the German ambassador to Mexico, 17 January 1917, intercepted by British intelligence and publicized in the United States)

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin (1889-) : Russian-born developer of television

The technique is wonderful. I didn't even dream it would be so good. But I would never let my children to come close to the thing. It's awful what they are doing.

(Commentary on American television on the occasion of his ninety- second birthday, July 1981)

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 7
  • Preface 9
  • A 17
  • B 30
  • C 59
  • D 83
  • E 97
  • F 105
  • G 117
  • H 131
  • I 151
  • J 153
  • L 180
  • M 200
  • N 220
  • O 225
  • P 227
  • Q 238
  • R 238
  • S 260
  • T 280
  • V 297
  • W 300
  • X 327
  • Y 329
  • Z 330
  • A Grab Bag of Slogans And Catch Phrases 331
  • Index of Persons Quoted 337
  • Index of Subjects 345
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