John Gunther Quotes

Peru, it may be fairly said, is the only nation in the world which lived basically for a long time on bird manure.

Iowa, a really fecund state, throws its corn over into Nebraska and Illinois, and its old folks all the way to California.

Chicago is as full of crooks as a saw with teeth.

The main thing about Lima even today, is that it was the dominant Spanish city in South America for three hundred years. It still has the overtones of an imperial metropolis, and it still utterly dominates Peru, so much so that it is sometimes ironically called ‘a city searching for a country.’

If you ask a Japanese to choose between spending the rest of his life on an island with either a Chinese or an Englishman, he will pick the Chinese, who would presumably become his slave; the Chinese confronted with a similar choice, would almost certainly pick the Englishman, who he assumes might be educated to […]

Happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.