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  American Sentence

An American Sentence 
Single Sentences containing seventeen syllables on one line read from left to right.
The protocol of seventeen syllables makes it a loose American form of the 'Haiku'.
The concept of the ‘American Sentence’ as an art form originated from the creativity of Allen Ginsberg.




Non conform

Last updated August 08, 2011

HAIKUs --- LUNEs ---  QUIOs

Unintentional American Sentence
compiled by the PoetPatriot

These Sentences are inadvertent as, 'American Sentence' was not the intent of the quote.
Some of the authors had never heard of America, some could care less and at least one gave his life.



''I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.''
- Nathan Hale, Speech before his execution, Sept. 22, 1776


''It's hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I'm long gone.''


"You're only given a little spark of madness; you mustn't lose it."
- Robin Williams


''But the sin forgiven by Christ in Heaven by man is cursed alway.''

- N. P. Willis, Unseen Spirits


''If slander be a snake, it is a winged one - it flies as well as creeps.''

- Douglas Jerrold, Slander


''Her very frowns are fairer far than smiles of other maidens'' are.

- Hartley Coleridge, Song: She is Not Fair


''And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one'' cubit?

- New Testament, Luke, XII, 25


''Sing me the songs I delighted to hear long, long ago, long ago.''

- T. H. Bayly, The Long Ago


''If I have done the public any service, it is due to patient thought.''

- Sir Isaac Newton, Remark to Dr. Bentley


''Better dwell in the midst of alarms than reign in this horrible place.''

- Cowper, From verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk


"Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky, it turns and turns to say "Good-by!"

- Mary Mapes Dodge, Snowflakes


''He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.''

- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


''But to go to school in a summer morn, oh, it drives all joy away!''
- Blake, The Schoolboy


''If you trace it back, you will find begun in that wretched House of They.''
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, They Say


''It is man's perdition to be safe when he ought to die for the truth.''
- R. Vines, Sermon, 1642  (quoted by Emerson)


''The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.''
- Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1


His tongue dropt manna, and could make the worse appear the better reason.
- Milton, Paradise Lost, II


There are only two families in the world, the Haves and the Have Nots.
- Cervantes, Don Quixote, II


He who says, what is mine is yours and what is yours is yours, is a saint.
- Babylonian Talmud, Aboth, V


Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
- Stevenson, Treasure Island


Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia


If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
- Thoreau, Journal, Sept., 1851


Man is a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
- Pascal, Pense'es, VI


That he is mad, 'tis true 'tis pity; and pity 'tis 'tis true.
- Shakespeare, Macbeth, I, 3

Have we eaten on the insane root that takes the reason prisoner?
- Shakespeare, Macbeth, I, 3

Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
- Shakespeare, As You Like It, IV, 1


Man's love is of man's life a thing apart, 'tis woman's whole existence.
 Byron, Don Juan, III


Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
- George Santayana, Articles and Essays


Life is short; a little hoping, a little dreaming, and then - good-night!
- Leon de Montenaeken, Peu de chose et presque trop


The true university of these days is a collection of books.
- Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship, V


When liberty is gone, life grows insipid and has lost its relish.
- Addison, Cato, II, 3



O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason!
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, III, 2


I have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine to-night.
- Shelley, The Cenci, I, 8


Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green, that creepeth o'er ruins old.
- Charles Dickens, The Ivy Green (in Pickwick Papers)


Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
- Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man


All the perfumes of Arabia, will not sweeten this little hand.

- Shakespeare, Macbeth, V. 1


How very weak the very wise, how very small the very great are!

- Thackeray, Vanitas Vanitatum


Who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.

- Whittier, A Song of Harvest


I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, with vassals and serfs at my side.

- Alfred Bunn, The Bohemian Girl


Culture is "to know the best that has been said, and thought in the world."

- Mathew Arnold, Literature and Dogma


Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.

- Jacques Maritain, I Believe


If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

- Voltaire


Alas for the rarity, of Christian charity, under the sun!

- Thomas Hood, The Bridge of Sighs


Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when He did not want to sign.

- Anatole France, The Garden of Epicurus


What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich, A Shadow of the Night


I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to earth, I know not where;

- Longfellow, The Arrow and the Song


And malt does not more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.

- A. E. Housman,  A Shropshire Lad


The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty.

- Hervey Allen,  Anthony Adverse


There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

- Old Testament, Job, III, 17

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have Kept the faith.
- New Testament, II Timothy, IV, 7

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
- Bernard Baruch

The above Unintended American Sentences compiled July, 2002


"The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games."
- Eugene Jarvis, creator of Defender and Robotron.


"Genuine poetry is conceived and composed in the soul."
 - Matthew Arnold


"I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens."
- E. B. White


"Never settle with words what you can accomplish with a flame thrower."

- unknown


"If it's in the closet, it's dirty; if it's on the floor, it's clean."
 - teenage girl discussing laundry


"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
 - Mae West


Communism can never succeed unless Christianity fails.

- Billy Graham


When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

- Billy Graham


Good Laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government.

- Aristotle,   'Politics'


Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves

- Abraham Lincoln


There are many lessons to be learned from the events in Beijing.

- Edwin Meese


We don’t have a trillion dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough: …

- Ronald Reagan


You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens.

- Ronald Reagan


The only true solution to crime is to restore the family.

- Ralph E. Reed, Jr.


Protectionism is pure and total folly, because it always fails.

- William Edward Simon


It is not just the poor whom the government assumes to be stupid.

- Richard Art Viguerie


Years ago, there was far more pride and self-respect in America.

- Walter E. Williams


Things without remedy, should be without regard: what is done, is done.

- Shakespeare


Ours is a country deliberately founded on a good idea.

- John Gunther


America is the only idealist nation in the world.

- Woodrow Wilson


An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

- Eugene J. McCarthy


Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind.

- George Gilder


Never in the history of human credit has so much been owed.

- Margaret Thatcher


In a sort of ghastly way we remove the organ and demand the function.

- C. S. Lewis


Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.

- Franklin D. Rooselvelt



A conservative is a liberal who was mugged the night before.

- Frank L. Rizzo


Foreign relations is an open book – generally a checkbook.

- Will Rogers


Liberty is the delicate fruit of a ripe civilization.

- Lord Acton


Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

- George Washington


The history of liberty is a history of resistance.

 - Woodrow Wilson


There is one cardinal rule: “Never Despair”; that word is forbidden.

- Winston Churchill


Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s little nut that held it’s ground.

-   Anonymous


The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.

- Joseph Conrad


The purification of politics is an iridescent dream.

- John James Ingalls


A government is not legitimate merely because it exists.

- Jeane Kirkpatrick


The role of government is to strengthen our freedom – not deny it.

- Margaret Thatcher


History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.

- Konrad Adenauer


It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.

- Patrick Henry



A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.

- Thomas Macaulay


He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

- the Bible,  Exodus 21:12


Nothing doeth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

- Francis Bacon


The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

- Thomas Carlyle


A man who wants to lead the orchestra must must turn his back on the crowd.

- James Crook


When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘‘We did it ourselves.’’

- Lao-Tzu


In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.

- Harry S Truman

 Vote for the man who promises least; He'll be the least diappointing.
- Bernard Baruch

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This compilation of Unintended American Sentences copyrighted PoetPatriot, Roger W Hancock  © June, 2002   


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