• France was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it still that quality of the idea, was harder to utter - it was the graves at Shiloh and the tired, drawn, nervous faces of its great men, and the country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered. It was a willingness of the heart.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matthew J. Bruccoli (1995). “The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection”, p.512, Simon and Schuster