From The Great Gatsby To Death Of A Salesman: American Dream Quotes
Published May 5, 2020
Here’s a selection of American Dream Quotes, covering topics such as immigrants, hope, love, life and inspiration.
We really hope you enjoy these quotes and that they give you something to think about.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everybody in America started to define themselves by all these things they had around them. And all of a sudden it came tumbling down. So the old American dream has died, and that is a good thing.
Hope will be found by understanding that diversity is the essence of the American Dream and why we need each other to fulfill it.
…all these things were part of the business of dreams. He had learned not to laugh at the advertisements offering to teach writing, cartooning, engineering, to add inches to the biceps and to develop the bust.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Socialism never took root in america because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
Cities can become the engines that fuel our nation’s growth and prosperity, and they can be wide gateways for families to achieve their own American dream of prosperity.
Most people are looking for security, a nice, safe, prosperous future. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s called the American Dream.
A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.
The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.
Gerald R. Ford
The american dream was just then beginning to be defined by wealth at the expense of exploitable natural resources.
You’re just another american who is willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick being shoved up your asshole every day… The owners of this country know the truth… It’s called the american dream because you have to be asleep to believe it!.
The American dream is about freedom.
This is the city of dreamers and time and again it’s the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
The assumption that you everyone else is like you. That you are the world. The disease of consumer capitalism. The complacent solipsism.
David Foster Wallace
Everybody has dreams. You are living the American dream, what’s wrong with pushing to secure it for everyone?
The American dream of rags to riches is a dream for a reason – it is hard to achieve; were everyone to do it, it wouldn’t be a dream but would rather be reality.
The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.
With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America’s middle class.
For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.
If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.
Well, the vast majority of people don’t steal to get ahead. A lot of people work their way up from nothing without stealing.”
“i don’t think a lot of people work their way up from nothing, ever. People like you want to believe it happens all the time. But it really doesn’t.
J. Ryan Stradal
I think the American Dream should be about a greater progressive legislation that allows for what I call a necessary future world of cooperational humanism.
The American dream is still to own your home.
I’m gonna fight, and I’m gonna make something out of nothing. That’s pretty much the American dream. So, for me, the realization that I could speak to people like that came first on a small scale. Then it just started happening. I started having this vibration.
I only want to repeat what you already know. There is no limit to how far a person can fall in america.
For centuries, New York has served as the gateway for millions of people from all over the world in search of the American dream. It only makes sense that it would now serve as a gateway for the world’s greatest athletes.
The American dream belongs to all of us.
We are really living the American dream, to be a successful brand in the States and in Europe and to steep ourselves in our heritage. But we do it with a sense of humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously in fashion.
I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That’s exactly what I’ve done.
The American dream has now morphed into an expectation. And if it isn’t provided, or if it doesn’t happen, then people feel cheated.
In the US a child born into a poor family will become a poor adult. The american dream is just that – it is not true, because of the level of extreme inequality.
When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.
William J. Clinton
Mostly, we swaddle ourselves in the sacrilege of self-justification and kowtow to a god we have silently rechristened ego. All things are acceptable in the all-seeing eyes of self-interest. Within the walls of our flimsy jericho, we court ruin.
Dat’s what they say of this cauntry back home, kath: ‘america, the land of milk and honey.’ bot they never tell you the milk’s gone sour and the honey’s stolen.
Andre Dubus III
The American dream is dead for the majority of America.
I’m very pro-American – my entire family escaped poverty in Italy because they rightly believed in the American dream.
The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there. You don’t necessarily need to have an Ivy League education or to have millions of dollars startup money. It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination.
The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn’t really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that.
I think my rookie, I was just having fun. I was 18, and I was living the American dream.
I live in a house over there on the island, and in that house there is a man waiting for me. When he drove up at the door I drove out of the dock because he says i’m his ideal.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was 26 when I invented the wrap dress. It was just a nothing little printed dress made out an jersey, and before I know it, I lived an American Dream making more than 25,000 dresses a week.
Diane von Furstenberg
I am living proof that the American dream still exists. It is still alive and well. There is only one trick, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and work very, very hard.
Everyone must have a shot at the American Dream.
To realize the American dream, the most important thing to understand is that it belongs to everybody. It’s a human dream. If you understand this and work very hard, it is possible.
I’m taking a fresh look at the american dream and who gets to live it and who doesn’t.
Democrats believe in reigniting the American dream by removing barriers to success and building ladders of opportunity for all, so everyone can succeed.
The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
James Truslow Adams
I feel like we have so much to add to this book called the American Dream, and I want to add our chapter to it. I want to talk about what it means to be brown American and this concept of what I feel is the New Brown America.
America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The american non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.
William S. Burroughs
Harry had worked his way through the american dream and come to the conclusion that is was composed of a good lunch and a deep red wine that could soar.
I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
If you want to do something today to radically improve the united states of america, walk on the right.
Nite owl ii: but the country’s disintegrating. What’s happened to america? what’s happened to the american dream?
the comedian: it came true. You’re lookin’ at it.
I’m just an American dream.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
If you’re not willing to work, you’re never going to be able to experience the American Dream.
The truth is that I’ve always been fascinated with wealth in America. To me, it’s been about the American dream and the corruption of that dream.
Mitt Romney subscribes to the cynical logic that says the American dream belongs to some of us but not all of us.
What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.
By disgracing and degrading the presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.
Hunter S. Thompson
I never thought that I would come to live in the United States. I was not pursuing the American dream.
I grew up with a front row seat to the American dream.
The American dream. Those three short, simple words encompass the hopes and aspirations of all the peoples on earth. The words are not only short and simple. They are also fragile.
Success is somebody else’s failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.
Ursula K. Le Guin
And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.
We must give Oklahoma families the opportunity to thrive and prosper. We must give all Oklahomans the tools necessary to pursue the American dream. And then, we must get out of the way.
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.
What we need are true statesmen, not politicians. We need to elect people who love american more than they love their own political party and the power they seem to enjoy.
Jeff Dixon – Kingdom Chaos
President Obama’s approach embodies the values, the ideas, and the direction America must take to build a 21st century version of the American Dream in a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.
William J. Clinton
Sadly, the American dream is dead.
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in africa would be a millionaire.
Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
You cannot give up on the American dream. We cannot allow our fears and our disappointments to lead us into silence and into inaction.
I really have the American dream licked.
For my constituents, owning a home is the culmination of many years of hard work and the realization of the American Dream. At no time should a local entity take those years of hard work solely to increase their tax revenue.
The American Dream is one of success, home ownership, college education for one’s children, and have a secure job to provide these and other goals.
I lived the true American dream, because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age.
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a b*st*rd from hollywood to las vegas … With the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.
Hunter S. Thompson
I think the most important thing that I think everyone in America must have is belief that wherever they live, whatever station they have in life, that the American dream is alive and well. I think the fracturing of trust and confidence is in the American dream.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
John F. Kennedy
To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.
I want American Dream growth – lots of new businesses, well-paying jobs, and American leadership in new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology.
William J. Clinton
Jobs are central to the American dream – and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one.