Liberty Enlightening the World
This country has served as a beacon of hope for people of every race and ethnicity around the world. A nation built not on race or religion, but on the ideals of equality and liberty. That all men and women are created equal, endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The United States remains the largest economy for nearly a century now, representing a quarter of all economic output at one point. Infinitely diversified and the indivisible leader in pushing the frontier with cutting edge research and development. This inexhaustible engine of growth continues to fuel the American dream.
There is something about this country that has always drawn the brightest and the best from all corners of the world. Not to mention producing a plethora of shining stars at home. True to its motto, E pluribus unum, this nation has taken the dissimilar and united them, to stand as the undisputed contender for the title of 'Greatest Nation on Earth'.
“Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts.
It has therefore been the source and fountain of the ideas that have moved and made America, and is, in a high and honourable sense, the hub of the New World”
— Foster Barham Zincke
“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
— Andy Warhol
“The missionary comes after the whiskey — I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next…
…All these interests bring the newspaper; the newspaper starts up politics and a railroad; all hands turn to and build a church and a jail— and behold, civilization is established for ever in the land.
But whiskey, you see, was the van-leader in this beneficent work. It always is.”
— Mark Twain
“And it is awful here, there is no other way to say it. But I believe that Detroit is America’s city. It was the vanguard of our way up, just as it is the vanguard of our way down. And one hopes the vanguard of our way up again.
Detroit is Pax Americana. The birthplace of mass production, the automobile, the cement road, the refrigerator, frozen peas, high- paid blue-collar jobs, home ownership and credit on a mass scale. America’s way of life was built here.”
— Charlie LeDuff
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
— Walter Kirn