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Quotes about English and England
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|This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,-
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
King Richard II.
The British are special. The world knows it. In our innermost
thoughts we know it. This is the greatest nation on earth.
The British are so incestuous. They pass around partners as
if they were passing popcorn at a movie.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except,
of course, language.
The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented
cricket to give them some idea of eternity.
George Bernard Shaw
I didn't know he was dead; I thought he was British.
Well I've never been to England
But I kind of like the Beatles.
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the
noise it makes.
Put an Englishman into the garden of Eden, and he would find
fault with the whole blasted concern; put a Yankee in, and he
would see where he could alter it to advantage; put an Irishman
in, and he would want to boss the thing; put a Dutchman in,
and he would proceed to plant it.
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)
Heaven take thy soul, and England keep my bones!
This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,
But when it first did help to wound itself.
Now these her princes are come home again,
Come the three corners of the world in arms,
And we shall shock them. Nought shall make us rue,
If England to itself do rest but true.
I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality
in the world.
What Britain needs is an iron lady.
The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous
majority of the English people are snobs.
George Bernard Shaw
If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English.
Always blame it on the guy who doesn't speak English.
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.
Hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of
The Englishman has all the qualities of a poker except its occasional
An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman, standing; an American,
pacing; an Irishman, afterward.
The English are not happy unless they are miserable, the Irish
are not at peace unless they are at war, and the Scots are not
at home unless they are abroad.
Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!!
Home Thoughts from Abroad.
We must be free or die who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held.
In England three are sixty different religions, and only one
England is a nation of shopkeepers.
The reason why Englishmen are the best husbands in the world
is because they want to be faithful. A Frenchman or an Italian
will wake up in the morning and wonder what girl he will meet.
An Englishman wakes up and wonders what the cricket score is.
England is a paradise for women and hell for horses; Italy is
a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the proverb goes.
Britannia needs no bulwarks
No towers along the steep;
Her march is o'er the mountain wave,
Her home is on the deep.
Ye Mariners of England.
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warmhearted
vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English,
none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do
have a friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his
card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.
The British nation is unique in this respect: they are the only
people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be
told the worst.
Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still.
The maxim of the British people is "Business as usual."
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves
that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand
years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
Should the invader come to Britain, there will be no placid
lying down of the people in submission before him, as we have
seen, alas! in other countries. We will defend every village,
every town, and every city. The vast mass of London itself,
fought street by street, could easily devour an entire hostile
army, and we would rather see London laid in ashes and ruins
than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.
The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.
Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all
the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy;
they want to be right.
On the Continent people have good food; in England people have
good table manners.
This Englishwoman is so refined
She has no bosom and no behind.
I traveled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea:
Nor England! Did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically,
as the stately homes of England.
We are a nation of governesses.
George Bernard Shaw
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but
vice and religion!
Why doesn't the United States take over the monarchy and unite
with England? England does have important assets. Naturally
the longer you wait, the more they will dwindle. At least you
could use it for a summer resort instead of Maine.
W. H. Auden
Why, why, why was I born an Englishman! - my cursed, rotten-boned,
pappy-hearted countrymen, why was I sent to them?
D. H. Lawrence
with its baby rivers and little towns, each with its abbey or
with voices - one voice perhaps, echoing through the transept
the criterion of suitability and convenience.
You British plundered half the world for your own profit. Let's
not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
You Englishmen, confronted by something abnormal, will always
pretend that it isn't there. If he can't pretend that, he will
look through the object, or round it, or above it or below it,
or in any direction except into it. If, however, you force him
to look into it, he will at once pretend that he sees the object
not for what it is but for something that he would like it to
You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs - except in
England, of course.
You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says,
Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no
God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.
William Butler Yeats
There are many things in life more worthwhile than money. One
is to be brought up in this our England which is still the envy
of less happy lands.
The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut
and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch
them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse
stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made,
until "a nice cup of tea" is quickly made. There is
no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind.
What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace
conferences would run more smoothly if "a nice cup of tea",
or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time.
London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers of the
Empire are irresistibly drained.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and
essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of poets.
George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
The air is soft and delicious. The men are sensible and intelligent.
Many of them are learned. They know their classics, and so accurately
that I have lost little in not going to Italy. The English girls
are divinely pretty and they have one custom which cannot be
too much admired. When you go anywhere on a visit, the girls
kiss you. They kiss you when you arrive. They kiss you when
you go away. They kiss you when you return. Once you have tasted
how soft and fragrant those lips are, you could spend your life
England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and
the hell of horses.
No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes
Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only
offer abuse as a substitute.
An Englishman is a man who lives on an island in the North Sea
governed by Scotsmen.
The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from
asking it to dinner.
In the end it may well be that Britain will be honored by historians
more for the way she disposed of an empire than for the way
in which she acquired it.
The stately homes of England!
How beautiful they stand,
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
O'er all the pleasant land!
Felicia Dorothea Hemans
An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
Alan Patrick Herbert
I am happy now that Charles calls on my bedchamber less frequently
than of old. As it is, I now endure but two calls a week and
when I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed,
close my eyes, open my legs and think of England.
Lady Alice Hillingdon
England has already lost the war. It is only a matter of having
the intelligence to admit it.
Where Napoleon failed, I shall succeed, I shall land on the
shores of Britain.
Nearly every woman in England is competent to write an authoritative
article on how not to cook cabbage.
There'll always be an England
even if it's in Hollywood.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there
is in London all that life can afford.
Shaw's works make me admire the magnificent tolerance and broadmindedness
of the English.
We do not regard the English as foreigners. We look on them
only as rather mad Norwegians.
Throughout the whole of England the drinking of tea is general.
You have it twice a day and though the expense is considerable,
the humblest peasant has his tea, just like the rich man.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
London - A place you go to get bronchitis.
I'm leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when
it's not raining.
Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more
dangerous than the sex.
When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.
Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won
first prize in the lottery of life.
An Englishman is a person who does things because they have
been done before. An American is a person who does things because
they haven't been done before.
The French and the British are such good enemies that they can't
resist being friends.
They (the British) are like their own beer; froth on top, dregs
at bottom, the middle excellent.
I rode over the mountains to Huddersfield (Yorkshire). A wilder
people I never saw in England. The men, women and children filled
the streets and seemed just ready to devour us.
Me fail English? That's unpossible!
In England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.
If it did it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes,
and would probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable
in full pursuit of the uneatable.
If England treats her criminals the way she has treated me,
she doesn't deserve to have any.
The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a
Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need
of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and
pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited
their ancient English dower Of inward happiness. We are selfish
men; Oh! raise us up, return to us again; And give us manners,
virtue, freedom, power. Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt
apart: Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea: Pure
as the naked heavens, majestic, free, So didst thou travel on
life's common way, In cheerful godliness; and yet the heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant Land.
Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang oursels united;
For never but by British hands,
Maun British wrangs be righted.
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