I’m that man, Matt, Dillon, United States Marshal, the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job, makes a man watchful, and a little lonely.
William Conrad, playing Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke
“If you come back in here, I’m going to hit you with so many rights, you’re going to beg for a left.”
Chuck Norris (“Invasion USA” – 1985)
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
“Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
possibly by Eugène Sue’s novel Memoirs of Matilda
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing-after they’ve tried everything else.”
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Sir Winston Churchill 1948
Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
“Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance and her sunlight, from before human cruelty or suffering. She overwhelms man by the contrast between divine beauty and social hideousness. She spares him nothing of her loveliness, neither wing or butterfly, nor song of bird; in the midst of murder, vengeance, barbarism, he must feel himself watched by holy things; he cannot escape the immense reproach of universal nature and the implacable serenity of the sky. The deformity of human laws is forced to exhibit itself naked amidst the dazzling rays of eternal beauty. Man breaks and destroys; man lays waste; man kills; but the summer remains summer; the lily remains the lily; and the star remains the star.
As though it said to man, ‘Behold my work. and yours.”
from the novel Ninety Three about the French Revolution by Victor Hugo
who also wrote Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame