The founding of America was “rooted in the coexistence of grace and sin, grandeur and failure, brilliance and blindness.”
Joseph J Ellis, American Creation, 2007

“One of the things I’ve always loved about the United States is that this is a country which declares its independence by stating that its citizens have the right to the pursuit of happiness. There isn’t another country in the world which declared independence on the basis that people should be happy.”
Salman Rushdie, Interview on TVO, 2002