"Something in rotten in the state of Denmark." It's an iconic quote from the Bard, and a foreboding moment in Hamlet. With the political divisions in the United States right now, it sometimes feels like Shakespeare's quote could be applied to present-day America. There's terrible political division in this country, upsetting realities on the border, and an uncertain future.

But this is the week that America celebrates her independence. While Americans need to recognize their problems - all that bad stuff, plus the USMNT didn't even make the World Cup this year! - it's also ok to take a moment to remember that America is still a pretty great place to be.

Sometimes, you just need to laugh at yourself, even if it's so you don't cry. Here are some cheeky quotes to remind you that America isn't really so bad:

1. "History began on July 4th, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake." -- Ron Swanson

2. "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." -- Bill Clinton

3. "When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." -- George Carlin

4. "Nowhere on the globe do men live so well as in America, or grumble so much." -- Henry Ward Beecher

5. "All people are born alike. Except Republicans and Democrats." -- Groucho Marx

6. "Laughter is America's most important export." -- Walt Disney

7. "I'm in love with this country called America. I'm a huge fan of America. I'm one of those annoying fans, you know, the ones that read the CD notes and follow you into bathrooms and ask you all kinds of annoying questions about why you didn't live up to that. I'm that kind of fan. I read the Declaration of Independence, and I've read the Constitution of the United States, and they are some liner notes, dude." -- Bono

8. "A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." -- Bill Vaughan

9. "If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it." -- Bob Hope

10. "We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail." -- Dave Barry

11. "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain

12. "Well, the post office is probably not the place you want to go if you want to be infused with patriotism and a renewed sense of vigor." -- Adam Carolla

13. "It's never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but it's not always a smooth ride." -- Warren Buffett

14. "America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still." -- e. e. cummings

15. "I wake up every morning singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'" -- Terry McAuliffe

16. "America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy." -- John Updike

17. "Dammit I love this country so much." -- Ron Swanson

Published on: Jul 5, 2018
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