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Quotation by Leslie Fiedler
To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history.
Leslie Fiedler (b. 1917), U.S. critic. repr. In Collected Essays, vol. 2 (1971). "Cross the Border—Close the Gap," Playboy (Chicago, Dec. 1969).
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