The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
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“The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. Its over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.”
—J.G. (James Graham)
“Im saying Im an insect who dreamed he was a man and he loved it but the dream is over and the insect is awake.”
—Charles Edward Pogue, U.S. screenwriter, and David Cronenberg. Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum)