(I hope it's okay to post two at once.)
I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities - a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)