The Best Quotes about Belgium

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I’m half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I’d be in a hell of a mess! -Audrey Hepburn

Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French. -Charles de Gaulle

Belgium is a country with a split personality. -Nicholas Royle

The success of the Allies in the west was in a measure offset by Teutonic victories in the east. When the invasion of Belgium began, Russia made immediate efforts to counteract by invasion of East Prussia. -Kelly Miller

Belgium is modernizing itself and it gives me joy. -King Albert II

And it is practically the same in the case of the four or five million poor peasants in France, and also for Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and two of the Scandinavian countries. Everywhere small and medium sized industry prevails. -Herman Gorter

The Chancellor also in effect asks us to bargain away whatever obligation or interest we have as regards the neutrality of Belgium. We could not entertain that bargain either. -Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon

Social Democratic and trade union organs have approved of the illegal invasion of Belgium, of the massacre of suspected guerrillas, as well as their wives and children, as well as the destruction of their homes in various towns and districts. -Clara Zetkin

Germany expected that at the most a day or so would see Belgian resistance broken and the dash on Paris begun. It was not safe to start such a forward rush with Belgium unconquered. -Kelly Miller

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries – like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain – to occupy countries outside of Europe. -Ahmed Ben Bella

Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination. -Wyndham Lewis

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I’m a big traveler these days. I was in Hong Kong. I live there. I was just in Belgium with my parents and now I’m on my way to North America. You will find me all over. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

I remember World Cups in 1982 and 1986 when we weren’t there and we’d support Belgium or Denmark, .. They had some players who played in Holland and they were a bit like the Dutch. -Simon Kuper

Everybody understands a slap in the face. In Japan, Belgium, or America, a punch is a punch. Comedy will be different in Europe or America or Japan, so my movies are very international. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

One time we played a concert in Antwerp, Belgium. At least I thought it was Antwerp, Belgium. Turns out it was a Stop ‘n Shop in Wisconsin somewhere, but it was fun man. -Slash

If Belgium win the World Cup, I will cut my hair. -Marouane Fellaini

In Belgium, the magistrate has the dignity of a prince, but by Bacchus, it is true that the brewer is king. -Emile Verhaeren

In my country (Belgium), if you sit beside the phone long enough, it will ring and you will be invited to play rugby for Belgium! -Jacques Rogge

We probably got on better with the likes of Holland, Belgium, Norway and Sweden, some of whom are not even European. -Jack Charlton

In Holland and Belgium, and afterwards in England, my happiest moments were in the country. I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, for trees, for birds and flowers. -Audrey Hepburn

God has chosen little nations as the vessels by which He carries His choicest wines to the lips of humanity to rejoice their hearts, to exalt their vision, to strengthen their faith, and if we had stood by when two little nations [Belgium and Serbia] were being crushed and broken by the brutal hands of barbarians, our shame would have rung down the everlasting ages. -David Lloyd George

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One key lesson of history is that virtually anything, including afternoon or evening thundershowers, causes Germany to invade Belgium. -Dave Barry

Remember back then we thought about al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and a few other places? well, we’ve seen al Qaeda metastasize. It is now a global scourge. And you have the ascendancy of ISIL. The combination of those two groups  – their appeal to the lone wolfs and we see them acting in Belgium and in France and in Canada and the United States so the threat factors and the nature of the threats are far more complicated and far more serious today than on September 12, 2001. -Tom Ridge

As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.” But it seems to me that Brussels, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title. -Joe Biden

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium’s capital had gathered then Her beauty and her chivalry, and bright The lamps shone o’er fair women and brave men. A thousand hearts beat happily; and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again, And all went merry as a marriage bell. But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell! -Lord Byron

I was the first person in my family born in the United States. My mom is from Croatia, and my dad is from Iran. They met at music school in Belgium. I grew up as a pianist. -Ottessa Moshfegh

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Many Israelis can get to know what’s really happening. I mean, you have soldiers who go and see things. It’s not like France and Algiers or, I don’t know, England and Kenya or Belgium and Kenya. It’s in your backyard. It’s much more about willingness, indecision, the inability, or exposure. There is a decision not to be exposed. People can live like five minutes away from it all. -Amira Hass

The shot Irishmen will now take their places beside Emmet and the Manchester Martyrs in Ireland, and beside the heroes of Poland and Sérbia and Belgium in Europe; and nothing in heaven or earth can prevent it. -George Bernard Shaw

After a short period spent in Brussels as a guest of a neurological institute, I returned to Turin on the verge of the invasion of Belgium by the German army, Spring 1940, to join my family. The two alternatives left then to us were either to emigrate to the United States, or to pursue some activity that needed neither support nor connection with the outside Aryan world where we lived. My family chose this second alternative. I then decided to build a small research unit at home and installed it in my bedroom. -Rita Levi-Montalcini

Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom are among the least religious societies on earth. According to the United Nations’ Human Development Report (2005), they are also the healthiest, as indicated by life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate, and infant mortality. . . . Conversely, the fifty nations now ranked lowest in terms of the United Nations’ human development index are unwaveringly religious. -Sam Harris

There are … other business societies – England, Holland, Belgium and France, for instance. But ours [the United States] is the only culture now extant in which business so completely dominates the national scene that sports, crime, sex, death, philanthropy and Easter Sunday are money-making propositions. -Margaret Halsey

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As the seconds tick down, Belgium are literally playing in time that doesn’t exist. -Guy Mowbray

[I believe in] the throne…parliamentary institutions…private enterprise and individual opinion against the socialization of the state…equity in the distribution of public burdens and strict maintenance of public faith with the creditors of the state [and] a fresh guarantee of peace by an alliance with France and…Belgium for the defence of our common interests against unprovoked attack. -Austen Chamberlain

It was a heavenly summer, the summer in which France fell and the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk. Leaves were never such an intense and iridescent green; sunlight glinted on flower-studded meadows as the Germans encircled the Maginot Line and overran not only France but Belgium and Holland. Birdsong filled the air in the lull between bursts of gunfire and accompanied the fleeing refugees who blocked the roads. It was as though the weather was preparing a glorious requiem for the death of Europe. -Eva Ibbotson

I was born in Belgium. I went to school in England and in Switzerland, then I came to America, so I really feel like I am a citizen of the world. -Diane von Furstenberg

Belgium, where there occurred one of the rare appearances of the hero in history, was lifted above herself by the uncomplicated conscience of her King and, faced with the choice to acquiesce or resist, took less than three hours to make her decision, knowing it might be mortal. -Barbara Tuchman

Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today’s wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium – and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others’ lives. -Adam Hochschild

I will be going to Belgium to win  – and we will see how the weekend develops from there. -Fernando Alonso

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It’s all a terrible tragedy. And yet, in it’s details, it’s great fun. And – apart from the tragedy – I’ve never felt happier or better in my life than in those days in Belgium. -Rupert Brooke

I knew that if I was captured by the Germans I would be shot at once, since I have always been counted as an enemy of Germany because of my play, ‘Le Bourgmestre de Stillemonde,’ which dealt with the conditions in Belgium during the German Occupation of 1918. -Maurice Maeterlinck

The Belgians tend to downplay the cultural divide issue, and the far-right issue, but there’s a staggering degree of casual racism in Belgium, much worse than in the UK. -Nicholas Royle

In particular, recently Belgium has banned the sale of a cellphone to a 7-year-old. Turkey has banned ads and advertising to children. So has France for children under 12. India has bans in certain areas. In Bangalore, you cannot sell a cellphone to someone younger than 16. So in different parts of the world, they’ve taken different steps. -Devra Davis

I was born in Belgium and moved to Amsterdam when I was 17. I am not a Calvinist Dutchman but a Catholic Belgian. I think that makes a big difference. -Eddy de Clercq

[State] finds [frontier] either with the aid of force, as in 1914, when Germany invaded Belgium in order to deal a blow against France or it “borrows” a frontier, such as Germany did with regard to Latvia, for instance, in 1918, in attempting to break through to Leningrad across Latvia. -Joseph Stalin

When you think of how much violence, how much blood… how much has been destroyed to create the great nations, America, Australia, Britain, Germany, France, Belgium – even India, Pakistan. Having destroyed so much to make them, we must have nuclear weapons to protect them – and climate change to hold up their way of life… a two-pronged annihilation project. -Arundhati Roy

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At the moment we are hard-wired into the European markets – 50% of our exports go to Europe – and that has not been good for the UK. So I’m not saying “make Britain entirely dependent on China”. I’m saying “let’s diversify a bit”. When I became chancellor, China was our ninth largest trading partner. This is the world’s second biggest economy. China was doing more business with Belgium than it was with Britain. -George Osborne

Can we say that the constitutional monarchies in Spain, Belgium or England are democratic? Those with superior chambers like the House of Lords in England, that still represent the English feudal nobility in terms of positions above regional representatives, who are in the end the representatives supposedly elected by the population. Many mechanisms exist, but they are mechanisms to preserve the power of the wealthy classes, of the bourgeois classes that hold the power and rights above the rest of the society. -Alejandro Castro Espin

If you look at the Oscars and look at the Best Foreign Language series, you see that the films are coming from everywhere – from Quebec, Israel, Poland, and Belgium. It’s not the usual French, German, etc. This category is opening up to socially engaged and political films. I think we’re going to see a cross over to the main categories also. It’s part of this global environment now and I’m grateful that the Academy is having this window on world cinema. -Philippe Falardeau

The national unity government is a necessity in this country and I am happy to serve it. We have negotiated for months to create a government, but Belgium also went for a year without one. -Ashraf Ghani

Places like Belgium and the south of France, Sweden and Copenhagen are really alive. They really love rock ‘n’ roll, they really respond. -Tom Verlaine

Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, the (Rothschild) brothers conducted important transactions on behalf of the governments of England, France, Prussia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Naples, Portugal, Brazil, various German states and smaller countries. They were the personal bankers of many of the crowned heads of Europe. They made large investments, through agents, in markets as distant as the United States, India, Cuba and Australia. -G. Edward Griffin

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By the same right under which France took Flanders, Lorraine and Alsace, and will sooner or later take Belgium — by that same right Germany takes over Schleswig; it is the right of civilisation as against barbarism, of progress as against stability. -Friedrich Engels

In opening China, the English have secured their presence in East Asia. If we don’t commit more resources to get into Southeast Asia now, they or Germany, or even little Belgium might find it ripe for the taking. -Jules Ferry

Luxembourg was and still is today a crossroads, the place where Germany meets the rest of Europe. The country lost part of its territory to Belgium in the 1800s, and during World Wars I and II the German military overran it. Very few people have visited Luxembourg – when I went there and looked at it, I said, my God, it’s built on a rock. And within the rock they had a castle, and within the city there’s a network of tunnels so the residents could move around and defend themselves. That was of great interest to me. -I. M. Pei

Belgium’s not a hotpot of international football. -Alan Brazil

Anybody who sides with Canada internationally in a debate between the U.S. and Canada, say, Belgium, is somebody whose opinion we shouldn’t care about in the first place. -Tucker Carlson

Belgium is modernizing itself and it gives me joy.  -King Albert II

I’m half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I’d be in a hell of a mess!  -Audrey Hepburn

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries – like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain – to occupy countries outside of Europe.  -Ahmed Ben Bella

Germany expected that at the most a day or so would see Belgian resistance broken and the dash on Paris begun. It was not safe to start such a forward rush with Belgium unconquered.  -Kelly Miller

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The success of the Allies in the west was in a measure offset by Teutonic victories in the east. When the invasion of Belgium began, Russia made immediate efforts to counteract by invasion of East Prussia.  -Kelly Miller

I’m a big traveler these days. I was in Hong Kong. I live there. I was just in Belgium with my parents and now I’m on my way to North America. You will find me all over. – Jean-Claude Van Damme

And it is practically the same in the case of the four or five million poor peasants in France, and also for Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and two of the Scandinavian countries. Everywhere small and medium sized industry prevails.  -Herman Gorter

Social Democratic and trade union organs have approved of the illegal invasion of Belgium, of the massacre of suspected guerrillas, as well as their wives and children, as well as the destruction of their homes in various towns and districts.  -Clara Zetkin

Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French.  -Charles de Gaulle

As the seconds tick down, Belgium are literally playing in time that doesn’t exist.  -Guy Mowbray

In Belgium, the magistrate has the dignity of a prince, but by Bacchus, it is true that the brewer is king.  -Emile Verhaeren

Places like Belgium and the south of France, Sweden and Copenhagen are really alive. They really love rock ‘n’ roll, they really respond.  -Tom Verlaine

The Chancellor also in effect asks us to bargain away whatever obligation or interest we have as regards the neutrality of Belgium. We could not entertain that bargain either.  -Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon

Anybody who sides with Canada internationally in a debate between the U.S. and Canada, say, Belgium, is somebody whose opinion we shouldn’t care about in the first place.  -Tucker Carlson

I remember World Cups in 1982 and 1986 when we weren’t there and we’d support Belgium or Denmark, .. They had some players who played in Holland and they were a bit like the Dutch.  -Simon Kuper

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Everybody understands a slap in the face. In Japan, Belgium, or America, a punch is a punch. Comedy will be different in Europe or America or Japan, so my movies are very international.  -Jean-Claude Van Damme

There are … other business societies – England, Holland, Belgium and France, for instance. But ours [the United States] is the only culture now extant in which business so completely dominates the national scene that sports, crime, sex, death, philanthropy and Easter Sunday are money-making propositions.  -Margaret Halsey

Belgium’s not a hotpot of international football. – Alan Brazil

Belgium is a country with a split personality.  -Nicholas Royle

If Belgium win the World Cup, I will cut my hair. – Marouane Fellaini

I will be going to Belgium to win  – and we will see how the weekend develops from there.  -Fernando Alonso

One key lesson of history is that virtually anything, including afternoon or evening thundershowers, causes Germany to invade Belgium.  -Dave Barry

Eight minutes past the hour here in Belgium – and presumably eight minutes past the hour everywhere in the world.  -Murray Walker

We probably got on better with the likes of Holland, Belgium, Norway and Sweden, some of whom are not even European.  -Jack Charlton

The original Grand Tour would generally begin in Belgium or the Netherlands before moving through Paris, Geneva, Spain, Italy, and perhaps Greece.  -Hanya Yanagihara

In my country (Belgium), if you sit beside the phone long enough, it will ring and you will be invited to play rugby for Belgium!  -Jacques Rogge

Film-makers in Belgium are seen as arts and crafts makers. It is a small country. There is not really a film industry there at all.  -Luc Dardenne

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.  -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I was born in Belgium and moved to Amsterdam when I was 17. I am not a Calvinist Dutchman but a Catholic Belgian. I think that makes a big difference.  -Eddy de Clercq

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In Holland and Belgium, and afterwards in England, my happiest moments were in the country. I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, for trees, for birds and flowers.  -Audrey Hepburn

The Belgians tend to downplay the cultural divide issue, and the far-right issue, but there’s a staggering degree of casual racism in Belgium, much worse than in the UK.  -Nicholas Royle

Being Human clothing was first launched in France, Belgium and Spain, where the brand’s philosophy of look good, do good is connecting with people and not just Salman Khan.  -Salman Khan

The Chancellor also in effect asks us to bargain away whatever obligation or interest we have as regards the neutrality of Belgium. We could not entertain that bargain either.  -Edward Grey

Belgium thinks that however great the peril which a country might have to undergo under the system which we seek to establish here, that country ought to do its duty.  -Henri La Fontaine

I was born in Belgium. I went to school in England and in Switzerland, then I came to America, so I really feel like I am a citizen of the world.  -Diane von Furstenberg

One time we played a concert in Antwerp, Belgium. At least I thought it was Antwerp, Belgium. Turns out it was a Stop ‘n Shop in Wisconsin somewhere, but it was fun man.  -Slash

It’s all a terrible tragedy. And yet, in it’s details, it’s great fun. And – apart from the tragedy – I’ve never felt happier or better in my life than in those days in Belgium.  -Rupert Brooke

The national unity government is a necessity in this country and I am happy to serve it. We have negotiated for months to create a government, but Belgium also went for a year without one.  -Ashraf Ghani

I was the first person in my family born in the United States. My mom is from Croatia, and my dad is from Iran. They met at music school in Belgium. I grew up as a pianist.  -Ottessa Moshfegh

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I was born in Belgium on 6 November 1932. I am married to Mira Nikomarow and have five children: Michele, Anne, Georges, from a first marriage with Esther Dujardin, and Sarah, Helene from a second one with Danielle Vindal.  -Francois Englert

The shot Irishmen will now take their places beside Emmet and the Manchester Martyrs in Ireland, and beside the heroes of Poland and Sérbia and Belgium in Europe; and nothing in heaven or earth can prevent it.  -George Bernard Shaw

In opening China, the English have secured their presence in East Asia. If we don’t commit more resources to get into Southeast Asia now, they or Germany, or even little Belgium might find it ripe for the taking. – Jules Ferry

Social Democratic and trade union organs have approved of the illegal invasion of Belgium, of the massacre of suspected guerrillas, as well as their wives and children, as well as the destruction of their homes in various towns and districts.”  -Clara Zetkin

Born in England during the First World War, of Belgian parents with partly German roots, I grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Antwerp, where I had the benefit of a classical education taught in the two national languages of Belgium: French and Dutch.  -Christian de Duve

Have we so soon forgotten those four years of terrible carnage, the greatest war of all time; forgotten the millions of men who gave their lives, who made the supreme sacrifice and who today, beneath the soil of France and Belgium, sleep the eternal sleep?  -Frank B. Kellogg

I knew that if I was captured by the Germans I would be shot at once, since I have always been counted as an enemy of Germany because of my play, Le Bourgmestre de Stillemonde, which dealt with the conditions in Belgium during the German Occupation of 1918.  -Maurice Maeterlinck

Belgium, where there occurred one of the rare appearances of the hero in history, was lifted above herself by the uncomplicated conscience of her King and, faced with the choice to acquiesce or resist, took less than three hours to make her decision, knowing it might be mortal.  -Barbara Tuchman

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[State] finds [frontier] either with the aid of force, as in 1914, when Germany invaded Belgium in order to deal a blow against France or it “borrows” a frontier, such as Germany did with regard to Latvia, for instance, in 1918, in attempting to break through to Leningrad across Latvia.  -Joseph Stalin

WhatsApp provides phone-number-based messaging, and people asked, ‘Isn’t that what SMS is?’ Yes, but SMS is expensive, antiquated, and what WhatsApp did was modernize and level that playing field. For example, in Europe, if France wants to talk to Belgium, it’s extraordinary costly because of border and telecom charges.  -Brian Acton

Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination.  -Wyndham Lewis

[I believe in] the throne…parliamentary institutions…private enterprise and individual opinion against the socialization of the state…equity in the distribution of public burdens and strict maintenance of public faith with the creditors of the state [and] a fresh guarantee of peace by an alliance with France and…Belgium for the defence of our common interests against unprovoked attack.  -Austen Chamberlain

God has chosen little nations as the vessels by which He carries His choicest wines to the lips of humanity to rejoice their hearts, to exalt their vision, to strengthen their faith, and if we had stood by when two little nations (Belgium and Serbia) were being crushed and broken by the brutal hands of barbarians, our shame would have rung down the everlasting ages.  -David Lloyd George

Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, the (Rothschild) brothers conducted important transactions on behalf of the governments of England, France, Prussia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Naples, Portugal, Brazil, various German states and smaller countries. They were the personal bankers of many of the crowned heads of Europe. They made large investments, through agents, in markets as distant as the United States, India, Cuba and Australia.  -G. Edward Griffin

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How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount of money that you gave Belgium? Well, finally, I put it up to them. They said that they couldn’t do it; it would destroy them. I said they had to do it. And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.  -W. Averell Harriman

For the jihadists, Muslim women who embrace Western mores, and wear tight jeans or mini skirts, are hated symbols of corruption that need to be eradicated. For the ideological mentors of Breivik, a similar disturbance comes from the burqa, which is banned in France and Belgium, partly thanks to their efforts.  -Mustafa Akyol

My parents, of Belgian-German extraction, were Belgian nationals who had taken refuge in England during the war. They returned to Belgium in 1920, and I grew up in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Antwerp, at a time when education in the Flemish part of the country was still half French and half Flemish.  -Christian de Duve

I have no idea what a British sensibility or a British sense of humor is. I have no concept of what that is. I have no concept of what American sensibility is. I was born in Great Britain, but I was only there for six months, and we moved to Belgium, where I grew up.  -Frank Oz

Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today’s wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium – and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others’ lives.  -Adam Hochschild

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