We often express our consensus as an American polity with quotations, slogans or aphorisms. For example, all of our coins are engraved with the aphorisms "Liberty," "E Pluribus Unum," and "In God We Trust." Forbes magazine devotes its final page to aphorisms and quotations, and John Bartlett is famous for a book of them.
Kurth, Ronald J.
Naval War College Review: Vol. 41
, Article 2.
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