Kurt Andersen’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Kurt Andersen Quotes 

Kurt Andersen, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Kurt Andersen quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Kurt Andersen’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Kurt Andersen made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

 “Szasz opposed any involuntary psychiatric intervention and, along with the Cuckoo’s Nest portrayal, paved the way for the disastrous dismantling of U.S. mental health facilities. But more generally they helped make popular and respectable the idea that much of science is a sinister scheme concocted by a despotic conspiracy to oppress the people. Mental illness, both Szasz and Laing said, is “a theory not a fact”—now the universal bottom-line argument for anyone, from creationists to climate change deniers to antivaccine hysterics, who prefer to disregard science in favor of their own beliefs.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

“It’s telling that Americans know and celebrate Plymouth but Jamestown hardly at all. The myth we’ve constructed says that the first nonnative new Americans who mattered were the idealists, the hyperreligious people seeking freedom to believe and act out their passionate, elaborate, all-consuming fantasies. The more run-of-the-mill people seeking a financial payoff, who abandoned their dream once it was defunct? Eh. We also prefer to talk about Pilgrims rather than Puritans, because the former has none of the negative connotations that stuck permanently to the latter.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

 “Protestantism has been that it gave a self-righteous oomph to moneymaking and capitalism—hard work accrues to God’s glory, success looks like a sign of His grace. But it seems clear to me the deeper, broader, and more enduring influence of American Protestantism was the permission it gave to dream up new supernatural or otherwise untrue understandings of reality and believe them with passionate certainty.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

 “mix epic individualism with extreme religion; mix show business with everything else; let all that steep and simmer for a few centuries; run it through the anything-goes 1960s and the Internet age; the result is the America we inhabit today, where reality and fantasy are weirdly and dangerously blurred and commingled.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

 “Then I read The Once and Future King, and for most of a year I was young Arthur, Dad was Merlyn, and it was my destiny to create the perfect kingdom of Camelot somewhere beyond northeastern Illinois.”
― Kurt Andersen, True Believers: A Novel

“We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. It is held in reverence. Some think it the voice of God.” —MARK TWAIN, “Corn-Pone Opinions” (1901)”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

 “Back then I used to say that I despised the new coinage “quality time,” that it was yuppie parents’ smiley-face equivalent to lawyers’ “billable hours.”
― Kurt Andersen, True Believers: A Novel

“The disagreements dividing Protestants from Catholics were about the internal consistency of the magical rules within their common fantasy scheme.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

“When somebody asked Alexander Hamilton why the Framers hadn’t mentioned God in the Constitution, his answer was deadpan hilarious: “We forgot.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

10 Famous Quotes by Author Kurt Andersen

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Kurt Andersen quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Kurt Andersen quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Kurt Andersen. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Kurt Andersen quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Kurt Andersen Quote 

“Wallowing in nostalgia for a lost Golden Age ruined by meddling liberal outsiders from Washington and New York, previously a white Southern habit, became more and more of a white American habit. And so the Republicans’ Southern Strategy could be nationalized as well. When he first ran for president, Ronald Reagan popularized the term welfare queen—a powerful caricature, based on a single criminal case, that exaggerated the pervasiveness of welfare fraud and spread the fiction that black people were the main recipients of government benefits. In Vietnam, the United States had also just lost a war, which gave non-Southerners a strong dose of Lost Cause bitterness for the first time.”
― Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

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