Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Archibald MacLeish (18921982)
Races didnt bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls.
ARCHIBALD MACLEISH, Librarian of Congress, The American Cause, address delivered at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 1940.MacLeish, A Time to Act; Selected Addresses, p. 115 (1943).