Quotation by Archibald MacLeish

The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens.... Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians ... have attempted to exploit it.
Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982), U.S. poet. repr. In Riders on Earth, as "Return from the Excursion" (1978). "The Great American Frustration," Saturday Review (New York, July 9, 1968).
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