"You have come to visit our country, sir, at a season of great commercial distress," said the major.
"At an alarming crisis," said the colonel.
"At a period of unprecedented stagnation," said Mr. Jefferson Brick.
"I am sorry to hear that," returned Martin. "It’s not likely to last, I hope?"
Martin knew nothing about America, or he would have known perfectly well that if its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always IS depressed, and always IS stagnated, and always IS at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe.”
(Referenced by Kim Ghattas in The Secretary: A Journey With Hillary Clinton From Beirut To The Heart of American Power [BOOK•KINDLE], available March 5th)