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Alan Dundes Quotes

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Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -
after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill

I predict future happiness for Americans
if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

The cost of freedom is always high,
but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never choose,
and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
- John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let the word go forth from this time and place,
to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed
to a new generation of Americans -
born in this century, tempered by war,
disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
- John F. Kennedy

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

Businesses should no longer be allowed to depress wages
by hiring illegal labor and then falsely claim that
Americans don't want to do the jobs.
- Dana Rohrabacher

Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail,
which has been specially invented for the purpose,
involving neither physical proximity nor speech.
- Auberon Waugh

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy,
especially in Presidents.
Those are prayer and fishing.
- Herbert Hoover

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

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

Most Americans approach the problems of the Middle
East with a pro-Israeli bias -
and rightly so.
- George Ball

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

One in seven Americans, including more than 8 million children,
does not have even basic healthcare coverage.
- Dave Reichert

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

Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most
admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
- George Will

We thought that whatever we wanted to do was right and good,
simply because we were Americans, and we would succeed
at it because we were Americans.
- Neil Sheehan

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans.
America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
- Eric Hoffer

Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't hate advertising.
- Roy H. Williams

Americans are sick and tired of political gamesmanship.
- Henry Waxman

Americans have discovered the fragility of life,
that ominous fragility that the rest of the world either
already experienced or is experiencing now with terrible intensity.
- Jose Saramago

Given what the media have put the country through this past decade,
it must come as a surprise to most Americans that the
press has a code of ethics.
- Roger Mudd

Americans need to understand the significance of having
their civil liberties dismantled.
It doesn't just affect terrorists and foreigners,
it affects us all.
- Bianca Jagger

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

Judge Roberts has assured me personally that he has
a healthy respect for precedent and the hard-won rights of Americans.
- Max Baucus

The president overstepped his authority when he asked
the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans' international phone
calls without obtaining a warrant.
- Sherrod Brown

Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.
- William Greider

Shakespeare in Love...
such smart writing of an alternative view of history,
and such beautiful acting.
Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
- Anita Diament

In a single moment, we witnessed the worst of human behavior.
And in the next, the very best of human behavior.
And even more, we witnessed the tremendous spirit of Americans.
- Jane D. Hull

On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood.
All Americans became New Yorkers.
- George Pataki

Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental
improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of
keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
- Ernest Dimnet

The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money.
When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough?
- Joe Wurzelbacher

I think Americans should have a policy of love.
That should be the foreign policy, love.
Export Love.
- Ziggy Marley

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless
you have more than one option politically,
how free are you?
- Lynn Swann

It's shortsighted not to view the education of a future
generation of Americans as a priority for all Americans.
- Mel Martinez

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
- Jean Baudrillard

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

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

The black situation has changed.
They finally realized they're Americans.
- Leslie Fiedler

The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to
let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.
- George F. Kennan

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the
decisions on behalf of Americans.
- George W. Bush

In the best days of our republic Americans were fiercely
proud of the fact that rich and poor met on such equal terms in so many ways,
and without the slightest trace of hostility.
- Robert Welch


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