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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.
William Shakespeare
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.
Tony Blair

The British are so incestuous. They pass around partners as if they were passing popcorn at a movie.
Cameron Diaz

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
Oscar Wilde

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.
Author Unknown

Well I've never been to England
But I kind of like the Beatles.
Hoyt Axton

The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
Thomas Beecham

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!
William Shakespeare

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.
William Shakespeare

I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
Malcolm Bradbury

What Britain needs is an iron lady.
Margaret Thatcher

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.
Wilfred Sheed

Always blame it on the guy who doesn't speak English.
Homer Simpson

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.
Rupert Brooke
The Soldier.

Hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.
George Mikes

The Englishman has all the qualities of a poker except its occasional warmth.
Daniel O'Connell

An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman, standing; an American, pacing; an Irishman, afterward.
Austin O'Malley

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.
George Orwell

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!!
Robert Browning
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.
William Wordsworth

In England three are sixty different religions, and only one sauce.
Francesco Caracciolo

England is a nation of shopkeepers.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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.
Barbara Cartland

England is a paradise for women and hell for horses; Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the proverb goes.
Robert Burton

Britannia needs no bulwarks
No towers along the steep;
Her march is o'er the mountain wave,
Her home is on the deep.
Thomas Campbell
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.
Raymond Chandler

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.
Winston Churchill

Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still.
Charles Churchill

The maxim of the British people is "Business as usual."
Winston Churchill

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."
Winston Churchill

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.
Winston Churchill

The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.
John Cleese

Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
George Mikes

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
Noel Coward

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.
Quentin Crisp

On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.
George Mikes

This Englishwoman is so refined
She has no bosom and no behind.
Stevie Smith

I traveled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea:
Nor England! Did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
William Wordsworth

Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
Virginia Woolf

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!
Sydney Smith

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 its cathedral;
with voices - one voice perhaps, echoing through the transept -
the criterion of suitability and convenience.
Marianne Moore

You British plundered half the world for your own profit. Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
Paddy Chayefsky

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 be.
James Agate

You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs - except in England, of course.
Evelyn Waugh

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.
Lord Denning

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.
Marlene Dietrich

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes.

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 there.
Desiderius Erasmus
On England.

England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses.
John Florio

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.
Paul Gallico

An Englishman is a man who lives on an island in the North Sea governed by Scotsmen.
Philip Guedalla

The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.
Margaret Halsey

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.
Lord Harlech

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.
Adolf Hitler

Where Napoleon failed, I shall succeed, I shall land on the shores of Britain.
Adolf Hitler

Nearly every woman in England is competent to write an authoritative article on how not to cook cabbage.
Vyvyan Holland

There'll always be an England … even if it's in Hollywood.
Bob Hope

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Samuel Johnson

Shaw's works make me admire the magnificent tolerance and broadmindedness of the English.
James Joyce

We do not regard the English as foreigners. We look on them only as rather mad Norwegians.
Halvard Lange

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.
Fran Lebowitz

I'm leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it's not raining.
Groucho Marx

Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than the sex.
Jackie Mason

When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.
Bette Midler

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.
Cecil Rhodes

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.
Mark Twain

The French and the British are such good enemies that they can't resist being friends.
Peter Ustinov

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.
John Wesley

Me fail English? That's unpossible!
Ralph Wiggum

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.
Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
Oscar Wilde

If England treats her criminals the way she has treated me, she doesn't deserve to have any.
Oscar Wilde

The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm.
Alexander Woollcott

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.
William Wordsworth

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.
William Blake

Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang oursels united;
For never but by British hands,
Maun British wrangs be righted.
Robert Burns

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