Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
E pluribus unum. From many, one. Motto of the United States of America. First appeared on title page of Gentlemans Miscellany, Jan., 1692. Pierre Antoine (Peter Anthony Motteaux) was editor. Dr. Simetiere affixed it to the American National Seal at time of the Revolution. See Howard P. Arnold Historical Side Lights.
Young man, there is Americawhich at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world. BurkeSpeech on Conciliation with America. Works. Vol. II.
The North! the South! the West! the East! No one the most and none the least, But each with its own heart and mind, Each of its own distinctive kind, Yet each a part and none the whole, But all together form one soul; That soul Our Country at its best, No North, no South, no East, no West, No yours, no mine, but always Ours, Merged in one Power our lesser powers, For no ones favor, great or small, But all for Each and each for All. Edmund Vance CookeEach for All, in The Uncommon Commoner.
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! LongfellowBuilding of the Ship. L. 367.
Neither do I acknowledge the right of Plymouth to the whole rock. No, the rock underlies all America: it only crops out here. Wendell PhillipsSpeech at the dinner of the Pilgrim Society at Plymouth, Dec. 21, 1855.
We have room but for one Language here and that is the English Language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house. Theodore Roosevelt.
Gigantic daughter of the West We drink to thee across the flood . For art not thou of English blood? TennysonHands all Round. (In the Oxford Tennyson.) (Appeared in the Examiner, 1862; The London Times, 1880.)
So its home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again, and I long to be In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunshine, and the flag is full of stars. Henry Van DykeAmerica for Me.
Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name. Woodrow WilsonAddress. Unveiling of the Statue to the Memory of Commodore John Barry, Washington, May 16, 1914.
Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another, it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people, and her example, her assistance, her encouragement, has thrilled two continents in this western world with all those fine impulses which have built up human liberty on both sides of the water. She stands, therefore, as an example of independence, as an example of free institutions, and as an example of disinterested international action in the main tenets of justice. Woodrow WilsonSpeech. Pittsburgh, Jan. 29, 1916.
We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiencyclear, disinterested thinking and fearless action along the right lines of thought. America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us; and it can consist of all of us only as our spirits are banded together in a common enterprise. That common enterprise is the enterprise of liberty and justice and right. And, therefore, I, for my part, have a great enthusiasm for rendering America spiritually efficient; and that conception lies at the basis of what seems very far removed from it, namely, the plans that have been proposed for the military efficiency of this nation. Woodrow WilsonSpeech. Pittsburgh, Jan. 29, 1916.
Home from the lonely cities, times wreck, and the naked woe, Home through the clean great waters where freemens pennants blow, Home to the land men dream of, where all the nations go. George E. WoodberryHomeward Bound.