“Violence – look, we live in a violent world, man. This country was founded on violence. Who’s kidding who?”

 

Bruce Willis

“I’m basically a country person.”

 

Bruce Sutter

“The things that I loved about Bob’s [Dylan] music – and I describe him in the book as the father of my country, which he really is – were things that just didn’t fit when I went to do my job. You know, I’d come out of a somewhat different circumstance and shoes – the clothes just didn’t fit.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“I’m interested in what it means to be an American. I’m interested in what it means to live in America. I’m interested in the kind of country that we live in and leave our kids. I’m interested in trying to define what that country is.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“I guess my view of America is of a real bighearted country, real compassionate.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Unions have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“The press has let the country down. It’s taken a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed as simply one side says this and the other side says that. I think that Fox News and the Republican right have intimidated the press into an incredible self-consciousness about appearing objective and backed them into a corner of sorts where they have ceded some of their responsibility and righteous power.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“The future is now. Roll up your sleeves and let your passion flow. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Waving the flag at the 1976 Olympics wasn’t my idea. It was too much apple pie and ice cream. Not that I don’t love my country, but I felt it was my victory up there, I put all the time into it.”

 

Bruce Jenner

“When I wrote the song, The Way It Is, I wanted to move people to take a stand on civil rights in this country.”

 

Bruce Hornsby

“The Palestinians need more help from the Arab countries. Since 1967, the world has learned that there is not going to be real progress in the region until Palestine gets something back that they had.”

 

Bruce Dern

“There are so many people I love in the United States, and I’ve had such great adventures in this country and have been so well received by people here.”

 

Bruce Cockburn

“There’s so many ways in which Canada and America are inextricably connected politically, economically, socially. There’s no stepping away. But at the same time, we don’t have a say. Canada is a different country. Sometimes I think of it as Finland in the Soviet era. We’re totally free, but we’re totally free to agree, basically. If we disagree too heartily or over too sensitive an issue, then we pay a price for that.”

 

Bruce Cockburn

“Going to places like Honduras, Nicaragua, and various African countries you get to see very clearly what the cause and effect is. We finance the obnoxious elites in those countries and they exploit their people so we don’t have to say that we’re doing the exploiting but nevertheless we are benefiting from it.”

 

Bruce Cockburn

“I will go to France, to Yugoslavia, to China, and continue my profession.’ ‘As sanitary engineer?’ ‘No, Monsieur. As adventurer. I will see all the peoples and all the countries of the world.'”

 

Bruce Chatwin

“Even today, when an Aboriginal mother notices the first stirrings of speech in her child, she lets it handle the “things” of that particular country: leaves, fruit, insects and so forth. “We give our children guns and computer games,” Wendy said. “They gave their children the land.””

 

Bruce Chatwin

“Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers – if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible.”

 

Bruce Catton

“Up until 1986, the top marginal rate, the top statutory rate was 50 percent. Now it’s 35 percent. And all the pressure is on to lower that even further. And this just doesn’t make a great deal of sense. When people say, ‘Oh, we can’t raise taxes on the rich. They’ll go on strike, they’ll move to another country.’ But within recent memory, it hasn’t been that long ago that we had rates that were substantially higher. And these people did just fine. I just think that there’s a disconnect between the facts of what taxes do and the sort of mythology of what they do.”

Bruce Bartlett