„Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.“

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1810 - 1891

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„No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.“

—  H.L. Mencken, Gist of Mencken
1920s, 'Notes On Journalism' http://books.google.com/books?id=52L2eI9mwlcC&q="No+one+in+this+world+so+far+as+I+know+and+I+have+searched+the+record+for+years+and+employed+agents+to+help+me+has+ever+lost+money+by+underestimating+the+intelligence+of+the+great+masses+of+the+plain+people"&pg=PA28#v=onepage in the Chicago Tribune ( 19 September 1926 http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1926/09/19/page/87/article/notes-on-journalism) The first sentence is often paraphrased as "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." (The Yale Book of Quotations, 2006, p. 512)

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„Do not underestimate us Americans.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Post-Presidency, DNC address (2004), Context: I am not discouraged. I really am not. I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe tonight, as I always have, that the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail. And so I say to you and to others around the world, whether they wish us well or ill: Do not underestimate us Americans.

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„…the Americans must have the Almighty dollar.“

—  Théodore Guérin Catholic saint and nun from France 1798 - 1856
Their cupidity renders them daring and indifferent to everything else. It is nothing to them to expose their lives and those of others in order to gain money. How materialistic these people are! To the Right Reverend J. Bouvier, Bishop of Le Mans, Saint Mary's, 1849-07-08.

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„I hope that Israel flourishes, I just don't think that Israel is worth ‘an American life or an American dollar“

—  Michael Scheuer American counterterrorism analyst 1952
2000s, Michael Scheuer interviewed by Bill Maher http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZF4_oaTIH8g, September 21, 2007.

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„Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
1920s, Viereck interview (1929), Context: In America, more than anywhere else, the individual is lost in the achievements of the many. America is beginning to be the world leader in scientific investigation. American scholarship is both patient and inspiring. The Americans show an unselfish devotion to science, which is the very opposite of the conventional European view of your countrymen. Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. It is not true that the dollar is an American fetish. The American student is not interested in dollars, not even in success as such, but in his task, the object of the search. It is his painstaking application to the study of the infinitely little and the infinitely large which accounts for his success in astronomy.

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„Nobody’s going to go home for a year and come back. Nobody could ever enforce that. Nobody in their right mind would ever try to do it.“

—  Michael Bloomberg American businessman and politician, former mayor of New York City 1942
Illegal Immigration, http://www.gothamist.com/2007/05/29/bloombergs_memo.php

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„It's nothing to do with us at all, our success is due to the taste of the public.“

—  Bon Scott Rock musician 1946 - 1980
Countdown interview, Mascot Airport, Sydney, April 1976.

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„Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in.“

—  Janeane Garofalo, Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction
from "Feel this Book", Context: Many people feel that mass acceptance and smooth socialization are desirable life paths for a young adult... Many people are often wrong... Don't bother being nice. Being popular and well liked is not in your best interest. Let me be more clear; if you behave in a manner pleasing to most, then you are probably doing something wrong. The masses have never been arbiters of the sublime, and they often fail to recognize the truly great individual. Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in. Feel This Book, co-authored with Ben Stiller

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„Nobody ever rioted for austerity.“

—  George Monbiot English writer and political activist 1963
Campaigning for Austerity (2005-02-03)

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„The constant refrain that bringing our troops home would demonstrate a lack of support for them must be one of the most amazing distortions ever foisted on the American public.“

—  Ron Paul American politician and physician 1935
2000s, 2006-2009, The Upcoming Iraq War Funding Bill http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2007/cr032007.htm (March 20, 2007).

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