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Alan Dundes Quotes and Sayings
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Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

 

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they
eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.
- Christopher Dodd

People are stunned to hear that one company has data
files on 185 million Americans.
- Ralph Nader

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

Americans want action for their money.
They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work.
- Paula Nelson

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

As the war on terror continues, Americans must honor
the brave men and women who gave their lives for the
protection of this nation and the hope of peace.
- Dan Lipinski

It is hard to know how many people do,
but given that the people are so docile towards the rulers,
nowadays, very few Americans show the passion for freedom
that our forefathers had.
- James Bovard

The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense,
with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his
vision of America on the world stage.
- Gwen Ifill

In New York City, everyone is an exile,
none more so than the Americans.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until
I say something nice about them.
- George Bernard Shaw

There's been an increase in the number of Iraqis in training,
but more Americans are dying and violence is increasing.
- Lawrence Korb

Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do
not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.
- Dan Rather

Americans are so dedicated to their jobs.
- Jamelia

Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia,
it was difficult for Asian Americans here.
- George Takei

The fact is, my friends, most Americans don't want more government.
They want less government.
- Mike Huckabee

This is not about being liberal.
This is not about being conservative.
This is about making sure our government works for all Americans.
- Francine Busby

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

Too many of my constituents, like many other hard working
Americans across the country,
are suffering unnecessarily due to our flawed health care system.
- John Conyers

It was the wish of the Americans that their red brethren
should remain peacefully round their own fires,
and not embroil themselves in any disputes between the white people.
- Zebulon Pike

He is not someone who went off to play in Europe and
only a few Americans follow.
He has the potential to be on magazine covers and more newspaper coverage.
- Lamar Hunt

True music must repeat the thought and inspirations
of the people and the time.
My people are Americans and my time is today.
- George Gershwin

Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans
soon may have to choose between civil liberties and
more intrusive means of protection.
- William S. Cohen

We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
- Benjamin Harrison

This awareness instills a fierce desire to protect that heritage and -
in doing so -
to educate Americans in the meaning and importance
of our pivotal documents.
- Allen Weinstein

One poll shows that by 61 percent to 29 percent Americans
under 40 say that Social Security needs to be fixed.
- Virginia Foxx

Also, of course, for most of this time most Americans
thought of America as a white country with,
at best, only a very segregated and subordinate role for blacks.
- Samuel P. Huntington

Some guys practice like all-Americans but they can't play!
- Joe Montana

The pertinent question: if Americans did not want these
wars should they have been compelled to fight them?
- Frank Chodorov

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species,
including Americans.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I wanted to shoot straight, mainstream,
somehow off-beat.
Not only realistic West, which is quite unfamiliar
to the world's population -
even to a lot of Americans.
- Ang Lee

The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed
of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

As Americans, we can choose where we work and live,
what we drive, which insurance plan is best for us,
so why can we not give workers a choice when it comes to their retirement?
- John Doolittle

America slept because most Americans preferred it that way.
- Ferdinand Mount

America's Older Americans add great value to our Nation.
- Paul Sarbanes

We Americans are a peculiar people.
We are for the underdog, no matter how much of a dog he is.
- Happy Chandler

It takes application, a fine sense of value,
and a powerful community-spirit for a people to have serious leisure,
and this has not been the genius of the Americans.
- Paul Goodman

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War,
made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
- Stephen Ambrose

I know a lot of Americans in Paris who have married Frenchmen.
They keep bringing up their experience,
the clash of civilizations, the clash of personalities.
- Leslie Caron

Americans are a decade behind Canada when it comes
to sex education and understanding their bodies.
- Sue Johanson

Those who deny the existence of a supreme being have
been turned into second-class citizens by a government
that continuously sends messages that 'real Americans' believe in God.
- Michael Newdow

Once vigorous measures appear to be the only means
left of bringing the Americans to a due submission to the mother country,
the colonies will submit.
- George III

Currently, not only are Americans taxed on what they earn,
but those assets are taxed again when they are passed on to a loved one.
- Mary Bono

We are here simply to decide whether Congress should
take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans
and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research.
- Mike Pence

We have been blessed with a healthy,
growing economy,
with more Americans going back to work,
and with our Nation acting as a positive force for good in the world.
- Jim DeMint

Americans pay up to 1000 percent more to fill their
prescriptions than consumers in other countries -
that is an alarming statistic.
- Ken Salazar

Some 70 percent of Americans donated to Katrina victims.
- Billy Tauzin

It only takes a room of Americans for the English and
Australians to realise how much we have in common.
- Stephen Fry

It's time to stop the raid on the Social Security trust
fund and start allowing Americans to invest their Social
Security taxes in personal savings accounts.
- Mike Pence


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