How Others See Us

by DavalosMcCormack on March 8, 2010

In America there is a tendency to think this is the best country in the world. It’s understandable considering all the great advantages we have here from all the rights granted us in the Constitution (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness etc in case you forgot) to the warmth of the people. But it’s always interesting to see how others see us, to remind us that what we see in the mirror isn’t always what others see.

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“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”  Edward, Duke of Windsor – former King of England

“America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”  Arnold Toynbee, British historian

“In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefit of their inexperience.”   Oscar Wilde, Irish writer

“America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”  Georges Clemenceau, French politician and statesman.

“What the United States does best is understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.”  Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist.

“Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the Americans, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.”  H.G. Wells, British author

“One comes to the United States – always, no matter how often – to see the future. It’s what life in one’s own country will be like five, 10, 20 years from now. ”  Ehud Yonay, Israeli writer.

“In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.”  Peter Ustinov, British actor/writer

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