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NapoleonEngland is a nation of shopkeepers.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawAn Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawScratch an Englishman and find a Protestant.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawThe whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawWe don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Winston ChurchillDon't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Oscar WildeThe English country gentleman galloping after a fox: the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellEngland is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

VoltaireThe English have only one sauce, melted butter.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Joseph StalinGreat Britain provided time; the United States provided money and Soviet Russia provided blood.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

George SantayanaEngland is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, anomalies, hobbies, and humors.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher


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T. S. EliotMy mind may be American but my heart is British.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948










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