We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking American Dream Quotes from Bernard Hopkins, Friedrich St. Florian, Suleika Jaouad, Brad Henry, Tom Brokaw. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
If you really look at it, I have done the ‘American Dream’ that people have died on boats to come here to live.
I really feel that my life story is a continuation of the Great American Dream – the immigrant who comes to this country and is allowed to excel. How many other countries would let me do that?
Our culture is steeped in positive thinking – from the self-help mega-industry to college courses in positive psychology to the enduring pull of the American dream. There is no dislike button on Facebook. Nobody wants to be a downer.
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.
Your grandparents came of age in the Great Depression, when everyday life was about deprivation and sacrifice, when the economic conditions of the time were so grave and so unrelenting it would have been easy enough for the American dream to fade away.
Kevin Sullivan? He’s Anthony Hopkins. The Prince of Darkness. The devil himself. Against the ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, the chubby plumber’s son from Austin, Texas. My God, those billboards go up, and you’re going to want to go see it.
What I care about is whether or not a leader will work with America’s working people, whether or not a leader cares about responsibility and honest work and whether or not a leader will fight to keep the American Dream alive.
I’ve been extremely fortunate in my life. So I actually believe that I’m the living embodiment of living the American dream.
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.
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.
Under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, they’re working hard to change the American dream into the European nightmare. They do celebrate more dependence on the government.
The American dream is about freedom.
Donald Trump has a mantra of despair, of loss. He says we don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t. And he says the American dream is dead.
The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.
As we embrace the American dream and the freedoms it represents, we must also ensure that those who wish to enjoy those freedoms become a part of our society and learn to speak our language.
I grew up with a single pair of shoes until I grew into the next size. My parents believed in the American dream and the power of education but didn’t have the money to send me to college. I realized early on that I needed to go against the flow and be better than everyone else to support my family.
Let us be bold enough and free enough to follow the great examples – the men of good will and honor who put aside little ways and petty hatreds to build the American dream.
I guess it could be said that the inspiration for ‘Requiem for a Dream’ is watching the American dream not only destroy so many lives in the U.S., but infect the rest of the world with its obsession with getting more, ignoring the deadly effect that has on the planet.
I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
The history of my state of Oklahoma offers a great example of pursuing the American Dream. It was built and settled by pioneers moving West to seek better lives.
I’ve lived the American dream. I was born and raised on the farm, first in my family to graduate from college. I spent 13 years working in our family business.
In Los Angeles and other cities, being around immigrants is inspiring. They are touching the American Dream and reminding you how much you take it for granted.
If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama.
Part of the American dream is to own your own property – something no one can take from you.
Moving to L.A. when I was 11 was when my entrepreneurialism started because it’s the land of the American dream.
I’m very, very focused on not only creating world class schools at scale, but changing the public policy in this country that every day prevents children from getting access to the American dream.
Americans want someone who is accountable to them above self, above party, and above any special interest. They want a President that has a depth of global experience to restore U.S. leadership to the world and to protect our American dream at home.
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.
When Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell first proposed the grants that now bear his name, he envisioned a way to help students attend our country’s wonderful colleges and universities, so they could share in the American Dream.
My earliest memories are of my father explaining to me the American Dream and how he expected me to do better than he did.
As a kid, I learned from my parents, teachers, coaches, and friends that what mattered most was Truth – to uncover it, share it and fight for it. That core value is the foundation of the American Dream. And my life has been about fighting for Truth, at every step.
Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn’t mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense – the idea that anyone can make it.
I am thankful that Brooklyn, a community of more than 2.6 million people of which nearly half speak a language other than English at home, stands as a shining example of how immigration and diversity have made us a safer and stronger place to live, work, and experience the American dream.
The American Dream means any person can achieve prosperity through hard work and ingenuity because there are no inherent barriers in our society.
I believe in the American Dream because I have lived the American Dream.
Immigrants are working hard to give our families a better life. Isn’t that what the American Dream is?
In American history, it’s about hard work and self-reliance. It’s not about collecting giveaways or being on unemployment forever. That the economy moves ahead for people who are going to work to realize the American dream, own a home, send your kids to college. I think it’s the founding cornerstone of America.
Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.
I’m in a weird band. We’ve done very well. The American Dream is alive and well.
Of course L.A. has its mad bits: you can get a collagen cappuccino if that’s what you really want. But the American Dream is so ingrained in the American culture, and the place you go to find it is L.A.
Success is the American Dream. And that success is not something to be ashamed of, or to demonize.
What some Americans don’t appreciate is how strong the brand of the American Dream is around the world. I’m an example of how powerful that product is.
Through protest – especially in the 1950s and ’60s – we, as a people, touched greatness. Protest, not immigration, was our way into the American Dream. Freedom in this country had always been relative to race, and it was black protest that made freedom an absolute.
Who doesn’t like the American Dream?
You don’t have to get married and have a family, like a lot of women try, to live the American Dream. There’s nothing wrong if you’re in your 40s and don’t have kids and are president of your own company.
You know that American dream and American spirit of innovation we always talk about? Turns out, the bulk of it was built by people who came to America from somewhere else, not people born American. We have no birthright or natural lock on these things.
I loved to sing and dance and play-act, and I always believed that my dream to become an actor would come true because my immigrant parents had taught me to believe in the American dream.
I’m honored that so many Floridians are supporting my efforts to rekindle the American Dream.
Not only are we like the epitome of the American dream, we’ve been successful at the sport for so long that we know the Lopez name will always be part of the taekwondo world.
It’s dangerous to buy the American Dream without questioning. We need to ask, ‘Why do I want this dream?’
We believe that housing is a power platform to spark great opportunities in people’s lives and help them achieve the American dream.
I had a blast. ‘Shark Tank’ embodies the American Dream. If you watch the show at home, you find yourself constantly hollering at the Sharks. Being able to sit next to them and call them out in real time was quite a privilege.
If our freedom is taken, the American dream will wither and die.
I am the American Dream.
I had come to college believing in a story that if you worked hard, the American dream was reachable.
I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that.
I’ve lived the American Dream and had a great life. Immigration and religion and racial tolerance are the foundation of this country.
The power of immigration, the power of the American dream, if you think about the American dream, it is the best brand out there.
Immigration reform is for those thousands of people in my district and the millions of people across the country who want nothing more than to work hard, provide for their families, and reach for the American Dream.
I was a poor kid. I came from nothing. We didn’t have any money; a lot of times we didn’t have any food, and now, all of a sudden, I’m a superhero in a Marvel movie? Talk about the American dream, man – I’m living it.
I’m a Democrat because I want every American to have a fair shot at the American Dream. That’s what ties it all together for me, and in my experience, that means recognizing that no one is dealing with life one ‘issue’ at a time.
Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That’s the greatness of this country.
I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family.
Everyone must have a shot at the American Dream.
Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.
Black Lightning, Jefferson Pierce, is the American dream.
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.
Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.
Jobs are central to the American dream – and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one.
Incentives matter. Dreams matter. We cannot strip incentives away. Dreams are the foundation of the American dream, which is so intrinsic to who we are.
My parents, fleeing a repressive regime in the Dominican Republic, were embraced by this country and taught us to love it in return. After my father served proudly in the U.S. Army, they settled in Buffalo, N.Y., and were able to live the American Dream.
The American dream will never be lost.
There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.
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.
The American dream is still to own your home.
The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don’t compromise, you may suffer.
Our country was built upon the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can achieve the ‘American dream’ and create a better future for your children.
I couldn’t achieve the American dream in Japan.
The American dream, to me, means having the opportunity to achieve, because I don’t think you should be guaranteed anything other than opportunity.
Like pretty much every other ambitious person, I always figured I’d eventually move to New York. It is, at this point, half-dream and half-obligation for people trying to do big things. It’s the American Dream inside the American Dream.
On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream. But I am still an undocumented immigrant.
I’ve been living the American Dream for over 25 years – just being able to do what I do, be creative, and make money out of it. It’s incredible.
I live a very satisfying life. Not because I’ve made a few dollars, but because I have a wife who loves me and children who wait for me to come home. And that is beautiful. I think that’s the American dream: to be at peace at home.
A basic element of the American dream is equal access to education as the lubricant of social and economic mobility.
You know that I am living proof that the American Dream is real. Growing up, our congressman cut through government bureaucratic red tape to help my mom buy our first house. That’s the kind of congressman I’ll be.
I have lived the American dream, and that is the dream I want for our children and all children everywhere.
Hyperloop One is the American Dream, and it’s fast becoming an American reality.
There are a lot of people in the Rust Belt who felt like, ‘Nobody’s concerned about me, and my shot at the American dream is going away.’ We need to restore that.
As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream of there being a pie cut up and shared. Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there is always one bad apple in every barrel.
For me, the labor movement and public education are linked as the essential building blocks to a strong middle class and a path to the American dream. It’s why I went to Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations as an undergrad and then to law school.
The American dream belongs to all of us.
As an immigrant, I have lived, in a way, the American dream, and I want to make sure that opportunity is available for everybody.
Many of the people who are most considered anti-American would love to partake of the American dream: the unspoken slogan of many protesters outside U.S. embassies abroad is really: ‘Yankee go home, but take me with you.’
It occurred to me that my family had achieved the American Dream, from being poor to starting a business to giving me and my brother an amazing education. It’s one reason I joined the Air Force, because I believed I can never give back to America what America has given to my family and me.
I believe that the future is determined by the great public universities. They educate 80 percent of the students and make the American Dream available.
I say to people that Los Angeles is a city of America’s hope and its promise. It’s a city where we come from every corner of the Earth here to make the American dream happen.
I’m living the American dream.
For millions of Americans, federally subsidized student loans and Pell Grants are an important resource for us to get ahead so we can achieve the American dream.
My mother stayed at home and raised me and my closest sister, and that meant that the American Dream and what he was doing on television as a character and behind the scenes as a producer was producing for us at home, so it is your life.
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.
I really have the American dream licked.
The American dream is more about opportunity than anything else.
Sometimes, I pinch myself. Through everything, its about hard work… believing in yourself and in the American dream. Believe that you can make something out of yourself.
I love the American dream. I feel this is the place I was supposed to be in. It’s beautiful. I love it.
Democrats believe in reigniting the American dream by removing barriers to success and building ladders of opportunity for all, so everyone can succeed.
When it comes to the American dream, no one has a corner on the market. All of us have an equal chance to share in that dream.
Thank you to my parents for giving me the American dream.
Unless we make education a priority, an entire generation of Americans could miss out on the American dream.
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.
I am living the American dream, and everybody is not able to live that dream.
I’m living the American dream, but I’m in Japan.
So, yes, we do celebrate America today because the majority will stand up and empower the American people to live that American Dream and to be part of making a better, freer, and safer world.
We need to be united, and we all need to understand that we’re all capable of achieving the American dream. And, but that has to be something that is self-realized. And also, to demonize someone for achieving the American dream is unfair.
These days the American dream of home ownership has turned into a nightmare for millions of families. They wake every day to the reality of a horrible decline in the value of the home that has meant so much to them.
In the fields of southwest Iowa, my parents and grandparents worked and sacrificed. Like so many Iowans, the American Dream for them was never about wealth or fame. Their dream was to leave their children and grandchildren a better life, with greater opportunity, than their own.
The American dream always meant that anybody willing to put in a hard day’s work could make a decent living. That’s just not true anymore for people without at least some post-high school education.
For a long time, Americans have bought into the meritocracy, the American dream ideal. But when we watched banksters completely destroy our economy and get bailed out while ordinary homeowners were intentionally left to have their homes seized and lives destroyed, it kind of made people think.
I was born on the other side of the tracks, in public housing in Brooklyn, New York. My dad never made more than $20,000 a year, and I grew up in a family that lost health insurance. So I was scarred at a young age with understanding what it was like to watch my parents lose access to the American dream.
As Realtors, you live and breathe the American dream.
You destroy the initiative of the working people if they don’t feel they have a fighting chance to be a part of the 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.
The American Dream I believe in is one that provides anyone willing to work hard enough with the opportunity to succeed.
My father worked in the Post Office. A lot of double shifts. All his friends were in the same situation – truck drivers, taxi cab drivers, grocery clerks. Blue collar guys punching the clock and working long, hard hours. The thought that sustained them was the one at the center of the American dream.
If you’re not willing to work, you’re never going to be able to experience the American Dream.
I lived the true American dream, because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age.
President Trump is performing a political exorcism on those who prefer to turn the U.S. into a socialist country – a country where the American Dream would become the American Nightmare.
We need to remain a nation that doesn’t just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American Dream.
I love and admire the American culture and the American dream. I learnt so many things about the American shoe industry and marketing strategies. I caught the secrets of American casual wear, that is elegant and wearable, retro and modern, and mixed it with an Italian touch, luxurious and handmade.
Those who have won the ovarian lottery by being born in an advanced society to loving parents have a special obligation to help restore the American Dream.
President Obama is a principled man who has worked hard to put healthcare and a good education in the reach of millions of Americans and believes that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules, should have a fair shot at the American dream.
I travelled through the night in a bus with the Kentucky Tea Party en route to a massive rally in Washington. For the most part I found them decent, self-reliant, regular Americans who feared the American Dream was now over, not just for them but for their children and grandchildren.
At my core, I know that the American Dream is about the opportunity to work hard to make your future.
Everything I know about work and opportunity, I learned from my parents. They risked everything to ensure my family and I could have a shot at the American Dream.
The American dream, what we were taught was, grow up, own a car, own a house. I think that dream’s completely changing. We were taught to keep up with the Joneses. Now we’re sharing with the Joneses.
What I love about AT&T is that they are just as passionate as I am about rebooting the American dream.
When I was 5 years old, we had nothing in the village. One day, in front of my house, some soldiers in a big Cadillac started to do a picnic. I looked at them like they were coming from the moon. I remember they gave me a box of rice pudding – that, for me, was the American Dream.
Whoever rises to deliver the inaugural Address of 2013 will speak to a nation in which the American Dream is under profound economic and cultural pressure. This is perhaps best measured by the state of the middle class.
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.
If you have a president who is really trusted, then you can move and advance those policies that actually make the American dream available to everyone.
Never lose your faith in the American Dream. She’s a nation under God, and God has never let a good American down.
The promise of the American Dream requires that we are all provided an equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our nation.
I want everybody in Florida to live the American dream.
I’ve long been interested in looking at the culture of consumerism and also was interested in this connection between the American dream and the house, and the house being kind of the ultimate expression of self and success.
I’m here to speak for those who say the American Dream isn’t working for them, because I know it isn’t. I’m here to say it’s not your fault: the ruling class… has failed you.
The American Dream – that’s our folly. That’s our folly. Look where we’re ending up.
Part of the American dream is ‘I can own my own business, I can control my destiny. I can have the opportunity to work for myself.’
If we all work together, then we can save the American Dream from the nightmare that is Donald Trump.
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.
I want people to know where I come from. I think I have come really far from that, and I did it on my own. It’s sort of the American dream to come from absolutely nothing and to succeed while still doing something that you love. Not compromising yourself in any way. I hope I’m making Jersey proud in that way.
The top end are still making bucket loads while maintaining the illusion of the American dream: that if you work hard enough, you can make a fortune. Meanwhile, the working and middle classes have been hollowed out of the system.
The American dream is Chance the Rapper, or ‘little Chano from 79th’ who hails from Chicago’s Southside and became the first artist to win a Grammy without selling one physical copy of his album.
I think my rookie, I was just having fun. I was 18, and I was living the American dream.
Forever 21 is my American Dream.
The American Dream is not being dependent on the federal government for your health care, for your automobile, for your college education, for your student loan on and on and on.
It fails everybody, pretty much, the American Dream, but people are driven by it. I don’t think we’re driven by the same sense of hope in Europe. We’re driven by pessimism more.
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.
I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves.
My own American Dream was to serve my country as best I could and make a difference in America – and in the world.
For the next century, the Republicans have agreed that we will promote the dignity and future of every individual by building a free society under a limited, accountable government that protects liberty, security and prosperity for a brighter American dream.
Let’s go tell everyone we meet that, when the American dream is at stake, you want Barack Obama in charge.
We need to restore U.S. leadership to a world order that is rules-based in order to protect our American dream here at home.
Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.
Everybody comes here because of the American Dream.
The American Dream is simple: it’s the unwavering belief that anybody – you, me, your friends, your neighbors, grandma Verna – can become exceedingly successful, and all it takes is the right amount of work, ingenuity, and determination.
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.
Get off your bottom and be the stand, and do the work you can to pursue the American Dream for yourself, and help others to do the same.
No one will steal my son’s American Dream.
I believe that it is higher education’s purpose and calling to keep open the door to the American dream.
Every American deserves a shot at the American dream without having to make the impossible choice of earning a degree or being saddled with a lifetime of debt.
I’m somewhat of a socialist in the sense that I believe in housing for the homeless and medical care for all. So, for me, the American dream has been having a TV show, and being successful and having a nice house and having everything.
For a good part of my childhood, we were super poor and lived in government housing. I don’t characterize the American dream as being successful and having a lot of material wealth to show for it. I did fine without it for a really long time.
The great thing about libertarianism is it really is the American dream: It’s the ability of everybody to live their life and build their life according to what they want, so long as they don’t hurt anybody else.
The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, rest his soul, he was hard as hell on me. He was tougher on me than anybody.
Every American, and every corporation, should pay their fair share to build the American dream.
The American Dream is that any man or woman, despite of his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise as high as they are willing to work.
For me, the essence of the great American Dream is spiritual. I believe that our Constitution is inspired and that it is based on principles that are timeless and universal. This is the reason why 95% of all written constitutions throughout the world are modeled after our Constitution.
I write about the American dream: if you set your mind to do something, you can do it. My fans know they’re getting the real thing.
You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.
Despite the obvious damage now visible in the entropic desolation of every American home town, Wal-Mart managed to install itself in the pantheon of American Dream icons, along with apple pie, motherhood, and Coca Cola.
We budget quite a bit of money every year in order to assist people who are migrating here, people who are trying to enter into our society and be a part of the American dream.
I’m passionate about the American Dream because it’s not a fictitious thing for me. It’s real for me.
One night in 1974, I made the comment, ‘Here I am, this fat kid, the son of a plumber. I don’t look like a body builder; fist fight in a parking lot, it doesn’t matter. I’m getting ready to sell out this building. I’m going to sell out Madison Square Garden one day. This is the American Dream. I’m living it.’
The American Dream is really money.
I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart’s lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most, more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream.
My great-grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American dream.
The American dream is you come here, you believe in democracy, you believe in the Constitution, you work hard, you can make it.
Immigrants have faced huge obstacles to achieving the American Dream, yet have persevered to overcome them.
If achieving the Hong Kong dream becomes a vanishing hope, then our society will suffer. What would the Hong Kong dream be? It’s no different from the American dream, whereby an everyday man on the street who works hard would be able to make good savings and use those savings as equity for their future small business.
Of course, preserving the American dream has always meant creating opportunity for the most recently arrived Americans – those who have come here from other parts of the globe to work hard and build a new, better life.
I certainly used to wish that I was skinny, lighter-skinned, with long, pretty hair. But only because I used to get made fun of for being the absolute opposite. I didn’t see all of that stuff as the American Dream. I just wanted to look normal. Now that I’m older, I really do feel like I am a beautiful girl.
I’m hoping that the administration and other thought leaders will succeed eventually in bringing the country back to the older idea that the American dream is having a career, getting a job, and getting involved in it, and doing well. That was the core of the good life.
We need to forge a whole new energy and American Dream.
Americans can accept that the American Dream will not work out for them; what has been heartbreaking for so many is the sense that their children will have it even worse.
There’s no doubt about it: Hillary is the best person to be our 45th president. Hillary has always been a tireless advocate for working families – she’s never ceased to make sure everybody has a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.
There are few things that define us as a country more distinctly than the idea of the American Dream. The idea that anyone can make it here through hard work and dedication. And that dream rests on giving people here a fair shot.
The library helps lower- and middle-income people – immigrants – get their shot at the American dream.
You cannot give up on the American dream. We cannot allow our fears and our disappointments to lead us into silence and into inaction.
The American Dream is about freedom.
It’s absolutely philistine not to recognize what a great book ‘An American Dream’ is. Norman Mailer is his own worst enemy, and if you don’t catch him in a defensive position, he’ll admit it. I’d really like to help that man.
It was the combination of hard work and a hand up that allowed me to become one of the first women to fly in combat missions and achieve my American Dream.
There’s nothing in the American dream about character. It’s a serious flaw.
Forty-two years ago, I came to America from communist Cuba so I might have a better way of life, a freer way of life – a more democratic way of life. I wanted to live the American Dream where if you worked hard and put your mind to the task, anything was possible.
After working for 14 years on Wall Street and growing up in a family with strong roots in small business, I know how important the entrepreneurial spirit is to attaining the American dream.
I never thought that I would come to live in the United States. I was not pursuing the American dream.
I love the idea of what America is. America is a bunch of people that do these incredible, thankless, selfless jobs that nobody really knows about that makes that American dream possible.
If we want to revive and achieve the American Dream, we need to change a situation in which the people whose hard work makes this country run cannot earn a living wage, while bankers, speculators, and corporate elites – the real ‘takers’ in today’s society – skim off far more than their fair share.
People are fascinated with the fast life, the easy life. For some reason, that’s an American dream, and it goes all the way back to the Edward G. Robinsons and the Cagneys.
The American dream is dead for the majority of America.
There is nothing more classic in the realm of casual than jeans and a white tee – a look that is inherently Americana and reminiscent of the American Dream – an optimistic dream of opportunity, individuality, freedom, and the embodiment of one living their truth.
So the America I came to know growing up was filled with all the excitement and possibilities found in living the American dream.