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American people have the ability to laugh at themselves.
by Desi Arnaz

American people have the ability to laugh at themselves.
It is one of the things that makes this country the
great country that it is.
- Desi Arnaz

The thing I remember about New York was how little I felt.
I arrived with one small bag and $15.
- Desi Arnaz

When we got married, nobody gave it more than two weeks.
There were bets all over the country,
with astronomical odds against us.
- Desi Arnaz

Lucy and I would love furiously and fight furiously.
- Desi Arnaz

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I don't think anyone can tell you what it is that makes you a star.
- Desi Arnaz

Everyone seemed to be doing well except me and my career.
And my accent was no helping me any.
- Desi Arnaz

I learned a lot in those first years in Miami,
while struggling just for survival, by observing my father's fortitude.
- Desi Arnaz


 

My Latin temper blows up pretty fast,
but it goes down just as fast.
Maybe that's why you seldom hear of ulcers in Latin America.
- Desi Arnaz

I went to high school with Al Capone.
- Desi Arnaz

One of my biggest problems with comedy was that I did
not understand some of the jokes.
- Desi Arnaz

The success of I Love Lucy is something that happens only once in a lifetime,
if you are fortunate enough to have it happen at all.
- Desi Arnaz

Motion-picture studio floors used to be all wooden and not smooth at all.
This was difficult when moving a camera around on a dolly.
- Desi Arnaz

Since I was very young I have always worked hard at
whatever I have had to do.
- Desi Arnaz

Nobody bats 500.
We all make mistakes.
- Desi Arnaz

The way the Army does things is sometimes a little strange.
- Desi Arnaz

Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.
- Desi Arnaz

Lucy is such a perfectionist.
- Desi Arnaz

Joe McCarthy and his Senate hearings were like witch-hunts.
- Desi Arnaz

I learned a lot from Xavier Cugat.
- Desi Arnaz

Al Jolson was one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived.
- Desi Arnaz

Good things do not come easy.
The road is lined with pitfalls.
- Desi Arnaz

A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up.
The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up
the motivation in a story line.
- Desi Arnaz

Failure is the most terrible thing in our business.
When we fail, the whole world knows about it.
- Desi Arnaz

An audience is so important.
I would never have had the guts to dub in that big a laugh.
- Desi Arnaz

I had started calling her Lucy shortly after we met;
I didn't like the name Lucille.
That's how our television show was called I Love Lucy,
not Lucille.
- Desi Arnaz

An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama,
but not necessarily vice versa.
- Desi Arnaz

At times we were criticized for doing too much slapstick.
I don't believe in mild comedy, and neither does Lucy.
- Desi Arnaz

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

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

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

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
- Native American Proverb

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

I see great things in baseball.
It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman

This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's
the place where the greatest dream of all,
the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
- Michael Bloomberg

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
- Gloria Steinem

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

I am proud to be an American.
Because an American can eat anything on the face of
this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
- Bill Cosby

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

The beef industry has contributed to more American
deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
- Neal Barnard

Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards,
I believe, the American family.
- John Boehner

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
- American Indian Proverb

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men
whose wives think they are out having fun.
- Jim Bishop

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

It is money, money, money!
Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd

Confronted with the choice, the American people would
choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
- Spiro T. Agnew

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
- Alexander Jackson Davis

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream,
fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be,
that they're all asleep at the switch.
Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.
- Florence King

That's one of the things about the Tea Party people.
They think corporations have too much influence in
American life and they do.
- Howard Dean

The American people depend on these federal employees to process,
investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration
rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner.
- Joe Baca

When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always
struck me as more American than when I hear them here.
I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
- Carlisle Floyd

It was a rich and gorgeous sunset - an American sunset;
and the ruddy glow of the sky was reflected from some
extensive pools of water among the shadowy copses in the meadow below.
- Francis Parkman

The only way to be true to our American tradition is
to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding
religious beliefs and practices.
- Bill Bradley

How do you keep war accountable to the American people
when war becomes invisible and virtual?
- Michael Ignatieff

Great American sport.
Horseshoes is a very great game.
I love it.
- Dan Quayle


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