The Best Quotes about England

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Last Updated on: 9th August 2021, 11:01 pm

And what should they know of England who only England know?  -Rudyard Kipling

A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.  -George Orwell

Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide?  -Oscar Wilde

If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Georgians, and the refinement and pure ideals of the Victorians.  -H. P. Lovecraft

There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.  -Winston Churchill

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.  -William Shakespeare

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

Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of  -the air!  -Thomas Carlyle

Englishwomen’s shoes look as if they had been made by someone who had often heard shoes described, but had never seen any.  -Margaret Halsey

Britannia needs no bulwarks, No towers along the steep; Her march is o’er the mountain waves, Her home is on the deep.  -Thomas Campbell

King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France… settle your debt to the king of Heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France.  -Joan of Arc

If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.  -Mark Twain

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If the Church of England were to fail, it would be found in my parish  -John Keble

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pastures seen?  -William Blake

Of all the trees that grow so fair Old England to adorn,

Greater are none beneath the Sun

Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn.  -Rudyard Kipling

And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.  -Gilbert K. Chesterton

In England … 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

If I should die, think only this of me: that there’s some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.  -Rupert Brooke

I’d move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.  -Russell Crowe

There’s a lot of people who don’t understand the circle crops in England. Pure enigma.  -Ken Kesey

England is better only because I stand out there as ‘unusual’.  -Emo Philips

Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable.  -Norman Rockwell

It is to the middle -class we must look for the safety of England.  -William Makepeace Thackeray

I lived in England to learn English. When I went to England for the first time, it was like being on the Moon. I had no friends, I couldn’t speak the language. I was very isolated.  -Jean Alesi

In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say ‘Stop, or I’ll say stop again.’  -Robin Williams

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

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

Englishmen never will be slaves; they are free to do whatever the government and public opinion allow them.  -George Bernard Shaw

The English take their pleasures sadly, after the fashion of their country.  -Maximilien de Bethune, Duke of Sully

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching.  -Oscar Wilde

Old England is our home, and Englishmen are we; Our tongue is known in every clime, our flag in every sea.  -Mary Howitt

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

Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England  – Ireland is not a geographical fragment, but a nation.  -Charles Stewart Parnell

Finally, I have lived the dream. I am extremely proud to have worn the armband and been captain of England and for that I will always be grateful.  -David Beckham

I’m very happy to be back playing rugby for England again  – there were times when I questioned if this would happen.  -Jonny Wilkinson

There are no secrets about England  – they are searching for positives.  -Shane Warne

I am still young and being the [England] squad is really good for me although I’ve still got a lot to learn.  -Jermain Defoe

I’m just looking forward to playing, and if anything else comes my way it’s a bonus. I’m looking to have an injury -free season and doing things for Lancashire to get us where we belong.  -Stuart Law

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

He was born an Englishman and remained one for years.  -Brendan Behan

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The stately Homes of England,How beautiful they stand!Amidst their tall ancestral trees,O’er all the pleasant land.  -Felicia Hemans

England is a nation of shopkeepers.  -Napoleon Bonaparte

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

This royal throne of kings, this sceptered 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

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

Without one friend, above all foes, Britannia gives the world repose.  -William Cowper

In spite of their hats being very ugly, Goddam! I love the English.  -Bertrand Barere

We are indeed a nation of shopkeepers.  -Benjamin Disraeli

Where are the rough brave Britons to be found With Hearts of Oak, so much of old renowned?  -Bill Vaughan

We 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

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.  -Arnold Schwarzenegger

This England never did, nor never shall,

Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.  -William Shakespeare

England, with all thy faults I love thee still, My country!  -William Cowper

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

The British are special. The world knows it. In our innermost thoughts we know it. This is the greatest nation on earth.  -Tony Blair

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Never was isle so little, never was sea so lone,

But over the scud and the palm -trees an English flag was flown.  -Rudyard Kipling

Not only England, but every Englishman is an island.  -Novalis

I will not cease from mental fight Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand.  -William Blake

England! my country, great and free! Heart of the world, I leap to thee!  -Philip James Bailey

Oh, to be in England now that April’s there.  -Robert Browning

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi -Paradise.  -William Shakespeare

Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware.  -Robert Browning

England with all thy faults, I love thee still  – My country! and, while yet a nook is left Where English minds and manners may be found, Shall be constrained to love thee.  -William Cowper

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.  -Benjamin Disraeli

And gentlemen in England now -a -bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.  -William Shakespeare

They’ll always be an England, even if it’s in Hollywood.  -Bob Hope

England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.  -Victor Hugo

I beseech you now with all my heart definitely to let me know your whole mind as to the love between us.  -Henry VIII of England

I travelled among unknown men,

In lands beyond the sea;

Nor England! did I know till then

What love I bore to thee.  -William Wordsworth

Being an England supporter is like being the over -optimistic parents of the fat kid on sports day.  -John Bishop

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

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The men of England, – the men, I mean, of light and leading in England.  -Edmund Burke

An Englishman does everything on principle: he fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.  -George Bernard Shaw

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.  -John Dryden

Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.  -Jane Austen

There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles; he bullies you on manly principles; he supports his king on loyal principles and cuts off his king’s head on republican principles.  -George Bernard Shaw

The New World’s sons from England’s breast we drew

Such milk as bids remember whence we came,

Proud of her past wherefrom our future grew,

This window we inscribe with Raleigh’s fame.  -James Russell Lowell

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England’s, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.  -Rupert Brooke

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.  -Elizabeth I

The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.  -Joseph Wood Krutch

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

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England expects that every man will do his duty.  -Horatio Nelson

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.  -George Bernard Shaw

I didn’t realise you could travel so far and still be in England.  -Kevin Bond

I love to draw -pencil, ink pen -I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany or England -you know those huge paintings? -I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that. I can look at a piece of sculpture or a painting and totally lose myself in it.  -Michael Jackson

I’ve always felt that English women had to be approached in a sisterly manner, rather than an erotic manner.  -Anthony Burgess

In my opinion, a war between England and Germany was a war between brothers. In my inner self I admired the English government and political system.  -Walter Schellenberg

In 1952, I had gone to England on a literary pilgrimage, but what I also saw, even at that distance from the blitz, were bombed -out ruins and an enervated society, while the continent was still, psychologically, in the grip of its recent atrocities.  -Cynthia Ozick

In all times and in all places  -in Constantinople, northwestern Zambia, Victorian England, Sparta, Arabia, . . . medieval France,Babylonia, . . . Carthage, Mahenjo -Daro, Patagonia, Kyushu, . . . Dresden  -the time span between childhood and adulthood, however fleeting or prolonged, has been associated with the acquisition of virtue as it is differently defined in each society. A child may be good and morally obedient, but only in the process of arriving at womanhood or manhood does a human being become capable of virtue  -that is, the qualities of mind and body that realize society’s ideals.  -Louise J. Kaplan

They make other nations seem pale and flighty,

But they do think England is God almighty,

And you must remind them now and then

That other countries breed other men.  -Alice Duer Miller

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You have sensible women here [in England] but then, they are very devils  -censorious, uncharitable, sarcastic  -the women in Scotland have twice  -thrice their freedom, with all their virtue  -and are very conversable and agreeable  -their educations are more finished.  -Fanny Burney

England produces under favorable conditions of ease and culture the finest women in the world. And, as the men are affectionate and true -hearted, the women inspire and refine them.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The civilized nations  -Greece, Rome, England  -have been sustained by the primitive forests which anciently rotted where they stand. They survive as long as the soil is not exhausted. Alas for human culture! little is to be expected of a nation, when the vegetable mould is exhausted, and it is compelled to make manure of the bones of its fathers. There the poet sustains himself merely by his own superfluous fat, and the philosopher comes down on his marrow -bones.  -Henry David Thoreau

England can end the millenium as it started  – as the greatest football nation in the world.  -Kevin Keegan

There’ll be spring every year without you. England still will be here without you.  -Frederic Loewe

Only in England is the perversion of language regarded as a victory for democracy.  -Anthony Burgess

[Thomas Henry] Huxley, I believe, was the greatest Englishman of the Nineteenth Century—perhaps the greatest Englishman of all time. When one thinks of him, one thinks inevitably of such men as Goethe and Aristotle. For in him there was that rich, incomparable blend of intelligence and character, of colossal knowledge and high adventurousness, of instinctive honesty and indomitable courage which appears in mankind only once in a blue moon. There have been far greater scientists, even in England, but there has never been a scientist who was a greater man.  -H. L. Mencken

I fancy that England is not the only place where married folks disagree, and where there are bad husbands. If one does not care to meet with such cases, one must quit this world. Those wishing to enter the marriage state had better not come to me for advice, for I disapprove of it altogether.  -Elisabeth Charlotte d’Orleans

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The point of fact is, just in simple ways, you can see how much better things have gotten. I mean, when I was a child, I lived in England, and England was just amazingly polluted. We didn’t use that word. We just said it was it all covered with soot.  -Freeman Dyson

I guess it’s interesting traveling, for me, because I never in my life until doing this felt a sense of being from anywhere particularly, whereas now I do feel quite European. Even if we don’t get up to England, if we’re in France or somewhere like that, it feels more like going back somewhere familiar  – more than even America, where we share a lot of cultural stuff.  -Will Farquarson

When England was a kingdom, we had a king. When we were an empire, we had an emperor. Now we’re a country, and we have Margaret Thatcher.  -Kenny Everett

England! awake! awake! awake! Jerusalem thy sister calls! Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death And close her from thy ancient walls?  -William Blake

England has never enjoyed a genuine social revolution. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with that dear, tepid, vapid, insipid, stuffy, little country.  -Edward Abbey

Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, thats 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me.  -Kazuo Ishiguro

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

Pension: An allowance made to anyone without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.  -Samuel Johnson

Alas the Church of England! What with Popery on one hand, and schismatics on the other, how has she been crucified between two thieves!  -Daniel Defoe

I recall drinking sherry in California and dreaming of England, where I ate dalmoth and dreamed of Delhi. What is the purpose, I wonder, of all this restlessness? I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.  -Vikram Seth

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The failure of the Reformation to capture France had left for Frenchmen no half -way house between infallibility and infidelity; and while the intellect of Germany and England moved leisurely in the lines of religious evolution, the mind of France leaped from the hot faith which had massacred the Huguenots to the cold hostility with which La Mettrie, Helvetius, Holbach, and Diderot turned upon the religion of the fathers.  -Will Durant

Guns aren’t toys! They’re for family protection, hunting dangerous or delicious animals, and keeping the King of England out of your face!  -Homer

You will never have great tennis champions from England because of the cold and dark, but most of all because people only care about the sport for two weeks a year, and then they’re on to something else. There’s just not a great love of the sport there  -Monica Seles

In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward.  -Charles Babbage

I always thought it hadn’t influenced me very much, but I heard from many people from England that many motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books.  -Cornelia Funke

English is, from my point of view as an Americanist, an ethnicity. And English literature should be studied in Comparative Literature. And American literature should be a discipline, certainly growing from England and France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, and the Native traditions, particularly because those helped form the American canon. Those are our backgrounds. And then we’d be doing it the way it ought to be done. And someday I hope that it will be.  -Paula Gunn Allen

I was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before my family settled in North Wales.  -Philip Pullman

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The great majority of people in England and America are modest, decent and pure -minded and the amount of virgins in the world today is stupendous.  -Barbara Cartland

The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue. . . . There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week.  -Margot Asquith

My first American ancestor, gentlemen, was an Indian -an early Indian. Your ancestors skinned him alive, and I am an orphan. All those Salem witches were ancestors of mine. Your people made it tropical for them. . . . The first slave brought into New England out of Africa was an ancestor of mine -for I am a mixed breed, an infinitely shaded and exquisite Mongrel.  -Mark Twain

[Nature said] The sea shall disjoin the people [of England] from others, and knit them to a fierce nationality. It shall give them markets on every side. Long time I will keep them on their feet, by poverty, border -wars . . . seafaring . . .  -Marsilio Ficino

Wrangel pretended to combat the Bolsheviks, Bolshevism is Jewry. In order to retain the favor of the Jews holding the real power in England, France and the United States, Wrangel showed to the Jews signs of his submission to them. Thereafter the Russian masses abandoned Wrangel as a traitor or as a comedian. It is impossible simultaneously to be an auxiliary of the Jew and an enemy of the Bolsheviki who are Jews. Be it incoherence or treason, Wrangel deserved the same fate as Denikin and he got it.  -Boris Brasol

When Germany and England and America will long have lost their present identity or purpose, we shall still be strong in ours.  -Maurice Samuel

[Polythene Pam] was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg, who gave us our first exposure  – this is so long  – you can’t deal with all this. You see, everything triggers amazing memories. I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jackboots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.  -John Lennon

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The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch. Love comes into it too, of course, but in Europe we tend to see marital love as an eternity which encompasses hate and also indifference: when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract. Americans, seeming to take marriage with not enough seriousness, are really taking love and sex with too much.  -Anthony Burgess

Ever since you’re little you hear this: ‘The pilgrims left England to escape religious persecution and sneak religious freedom into the new world.’ But even when you’re little you’re like, ‘Umm.. Bullsh*t?’  -Greg Proops

I went to America in the winter of 1872 -73, authorised to secure, if I could, the passage of a bill demonetising silver. It was in the interest of those I represented  – the governors of the Bank of England  – to have it done. By 1873, gold coins were the only form of coin money.  -Ernest Seyd

No matter how much money you have or what kind of cocoon you live in, the reality is that you have lost a game of football and let England’s fans down. We are bothered.  -Rio Ferdinand

We pretend to be a middle class, democratic nation, but in reality we love our blue bloods. … We love the prep school manners, the aristocratic calm, the Skull and Bones mystery, the dappled lawns stretching before New England summer homes. How else can be explained the Bush vs. Kerry match -up that confronts us this year?  -David Brooks

I protest that we fans are being emotionally starved and frustrated by long periods of perfect performance of these batteries. More over, when there are nothing but strikes and balls going on, you relapse into your worries over the Bank of England, or something else.  -Herbert Hoover

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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea.  -Laurence Binyon

My partner sometimes liked to go into the studio and improvise voice things just for fun. When I returned from England I transcribed one of her melodies, and had some of the hospice participants sing it, because they said they liked to sing. Their singing is very raw, but I’m going to use it for the final work.  -Meredith Monk

Sometime, it will be found that people can be changed only by changing their surroundings. It is alleged that, at least ninety -five percent of the criminals transported from England to Australia and other penal colonies, became good and useful citizens in a new world.  -Robert Green Ingersoll

We recognised that just putting more flights and more passengers into the skies over southeast England wasn’t worth the environmental costs we -re paying.  -Theresa Villiers

The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England … [and] … believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one -world rule established.  -Carroll Quigley

If the history of England be ever written by one who has the knowledge and the courage, -and both qualities are equally requisite for the undertaking,  – the world will be more astonished than when reading the Roman annals by Niebuhr.  -Benjamin Disraeli

My Luftwaffe is invincible… And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last  – two, three weeks?  -Hermann Goring

With two women every week in England and Wales being killed by their partner or ex -partner, we need to act now to end domestic violence. I am only too pleased to add my name to the Real Man campaign for Women’s Aid.  -Tom Aikens

Listen, in England people are already writing their memoirs at the age of 23.  -Rupert Everett

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Haiti is my country. The same way the Beatles are received in England  – that’s how Wyclef Jean is received in Haiti, do you know what I mean?  -Wyclef Jean

Last year I was a judge for a prize in England, the T.S. Eliot Prize, so I read everything that was published in England last year.  -Paul Muldoon

I feel I have had a very interesting life, but I am rather hoping there is still more to come. I still haven’t captained the England cricket team, or sung at Carnegie Hall!  -Jeffrey Archer

I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I’m sorry I opened my mouth. I’m not anti -God, anti -Christ, or anti -religion. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it’s true more for England than here. I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.  -John Lennon

The principle of Parliamentary sovereignty means neither more nor less than this, namely, that Parliament thus defined has, under the English constitution, the right to make or unmake any law whatever; and, further, that no person or body is recognised by the law of England as having a right to override or set aside the legislation of Parliament.  -A. V. Dicey

It has been said that the people of this country are deeply interested in the humanitarian and philanthropic considerations involved in [the Eastern Question]. All must appreciate such feelings. But I am mistaken if there be not a yet deeper sentiment on the part of the people of this country, one with which I cannot doubt your lordships will ever sympathise, and that is  – the determination to maintain the Empire of England.  -Benjamin Disraeli

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Everybody I know in England was raised on Mose Allison.  -John Mayall

‘English fair play’ is a fine expression. It justifies the bashing of the puny draper’s assistant by the big hairy blacksmith, and this to the perfect satisfaction of both parties, if they are worthy the name of Englishman.  -Joseph Furphy

It is related of an Englishman that he hanged himself to avoid the daily task of dressing and undressing.  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The attitude of the English towards English history reminds one a good deal of the attitude of a Hollywood director towards love.  -Margaret Halsey

It is only necessary to raise a bugbear before the English imagination in order to govern it at will. Whatever they hate or fear, they implicitly believe in, merely from the scope it gives to these passions.  -William Hazlitt

From every Englishman emanates a kind of gas, the deadly choke -damp of boredom.  -Heinrich Heine

The people have no ear, either for rhythm or music, and their unnatural passion for pianoforte playing and singing is thus all the more repulsive. There is nothing on earth more terrible than English music, except English painting.  -Heinrich Heine

England has become a squalid, uncomfortable, ugly place … an intolerant, racist, homophobic, narrow -minded, authoritarian, rat -hole run by vicious, suburban -minded, materialistic philistines.  -Hanif Kureishi

The English people on the whole are surely the nicest people in the world, and everybody makes everything so easy for everyone else, that there is almost nothing to resist at all.  -D. H. Lawrence

England is, after all, the land where children are beaten, wives and babies bashed, football hooligans crunch, and Miss Whip and Miss Lash ply their trade as nowhere else in the western world.  -Colin MacInnes

The English, who eat their meat red and bloody, show the savagery that goes with such food.  -Julien Offray de La Mettrie

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A ready means of being cherished by the English is to adopt the simple expedient of living a long time. I have little doubt that if, say, Oscar Wilde had lived into his nineties, instead of dying in his forties, he would have been considered a benign, distinguished figure suitable to preside at a school prize -giving or to instruct and exhort scout masters at their jamborees. He might even have been knighted.  -Malcolm Muggeridge

The people of England are never so happy as when you tell them they are ruined.  -Arthur Murray

The English are the people of consummate cant.  -Friedrich Nietzsche

A nation of ants, morose, frigid, and still preserving the same dread of happiness and joy as in the days of John Knox.  -Max O’Rell

FAY: The British police force used to be run by men of integrity. TRUSCOTT: That is a mistake which has been rectified.  -Joe Orton

… where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.  -Thomas Love Peacock

The perfidious, savage, disdainful, stupid, slothful, inhospitable, stupid English.  -Julius Caesar Scaliger

London, black as crows and noisy as ducks, prudish with all the vices in evidence, everlastingly drunk, in spite of ridiculous laws about drunkenness, immense, though it is really basically only a collection of scandal -mongering boroughs, vying with each other, ugly and dull, without any monuments except interminable docks.  -Paul Verlaine

The two sides of industry have traditionally always regarded each other in Britain with the greatest possible loathing, mistrust and contempt. They are both absolutely right.  -Auberon Waugh

In England it is enough for a man to try and produce any serious, beautiful work to lose all his rights as a citizen.  -Oscar Wilde

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The English public takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.  -Oscar Wilde

I have never had the opportunity to play in England, so I know little about it.  -Zinedine Zidane

Well I grew up in England, and I was in the London police.  -Tony Greig

Pakistan would be confident after their series win over England. The series will be a very close and good contest and if all the players play to their potential we’re in for some wonderful cricket.  -Greg Chappell

All people seem to want to talk about is the current Ashes series, and whether England are going to reverse the trend of recent series.  -Ian Botham

A few years ago England would have struggled to beat the Eskimos  -Ian Botham

I think we are going to see exciting cricket all the way. We are watching the two best teams in the world -and I think England will eventually go on to pip Australia by a single Test  -Ian Botham

There is nothing in England that exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination than the lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times. They recall the pictures my fancy used to draw in the May morning of life, when as yet I only knew the world through books, and believed it to be all that poets had painted it; and they bring with them the flavour of those honest days of yore, in which, perhaps with equal fallacy, I am apt to think the world was more home -bred, social, and joyous than at present.  -Washington Irving

In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.  -Oscar Wilde

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A Strat was a thing of wonder .. when I was 14 or 15, the Shadows were a big influence, and they had the first Strats that came to England. I like to play all kinds of guitars, but I wasn’t getting the sound I really wanted until I got a Stratocaster  -Mark Knopfler

Look to your consciences and remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.  -Mary, Queen of Scots

I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.  -Paul R. Ehrlich

England’s always expecting. No wonder they call her the Mother Country  -Fred Trueman

One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it’s another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England.  -Steven Morrissey

My coming to England in this way is, as I realize, so unusual that nobody will easily understand it. I was confronted by a very hard decision. I do not think I could have arrived at my final choice unless I had continually kept before my eyes the vision of an endless line of children’s coffins with weeping mothers behind them, both English and German, and another line of coffins of mothers with mourning children.  -Rudolf Hess

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.  -Benjamin Haydon

The elms of New England! They are as much a part of her beauty as the columns of the Parthenon were the glory of its architecture.  -Henry Ward Beecher

What is wanted in architecture, as in so many things, is a man. … One suggestion might be made -no profession in England has done its duty until it has furnished a victim. … Even our boasted navy never achieved a great victory until we shot an admiral. Suppose an architect were hanged? Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition.  -Benjamin Disraeli

As Day and other observers had reported, the slaves were leading very comfortable lives. After this tactic [slave rebellions in the South] failed, it became obvious to the conspirators that an actual military invasion was the only solution to their campaign. The merchant bankers of New England, who were directly controlled by the Rothschilds, were no instructed to finance a military attack against the South. Their instrumentality was the already well -known terrorist, John Brown. He was financed by a group famed as “the Secret Six”.  -Eustace Mullins

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At last some curious traveller from Lima will visit England, and give a description of the ruins of St. Paul’s, like the editions of Baalbec and Palmyra.  -Horace Walpole

I left my country because I was forced to, and I do not think that I am going to lose my language because I live in England  -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to -day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.  -Charles Spurgeon

I would never play in England in another shirt other than Arsenal’s.  -Patrick Vieira

I think that France, Germany, Spain, Holland and England will join Brazil in the semi -finals.  -Pele

At the moment there are some England players who are the stars of their club teams, but not for their country. It’s difficult to explain.  -Diego Maradona

I could take on England, but I couldn’t take on one heroin user.  -John Lydon

That Book (the BIBLE) accounts for the supremacy of England  -Queen Victoria

O poor New England! There is a deep laid plot against your civil and religious liberties, and they will be lost. Your golden days are at an end. You have nothing but trouble before you. . . . Your liberties will be lost.  -George Whitefield

There is a lot of luck in football. Following England is like following Wycombe Wanders or Leyton Orient. You hope for the best and hope you are lucky.  -Alan Sugar

If King Harold had had swans on his side, England would still be Saxon.  -Connie Willis

To do something for someone or something you loved -England or Shakespeare or a dog or the Hodbins or history -wasn’t a sacrifice at all. Even if it cost you your freedom, your life, your youth.  -Connie Willis

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M. J. Putney has created true magic with this book, the kind that comes when you curl up in a comfortable armchair and let the story take your imagination away. Come visit an enchanted eighteenth -century England and meet two desperate lovers caught in the web of a sinister lord with great magical power. Romantic and lyrical, this tale will fill your reading time with pleasure. I loved it.  -Catherine Asaro

When all is said, its atmosphere [England’s] still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived  -Arthur Koestler

Yet some men say in many parts of England that King Arthur is not dead, but had by the will of our Lord Jesu into another place; and men say that he shall come again, and he shall win the holy cross.  -Thomas Malory

Leaving England was a painful decision, and we still have some regrets about it. However, at that time, the research environment for theoretical chemistry was clearly better in the U.S.  -John Pople

Watching the Dallas Cowboys perform, it is not difficult to believe that coach Tom Landry flew fourengines bombers during World War II. He was in B17 Flying Fortresses out of England, they say. His cautious, conservative approach to every situation and the complexity of the plays he sends in do seem to reflect the philosophy of a pilot trained to doggedly press on according to plans laid down before takeoff. I sometimes wonder how the Cowboys would have fared all this years had Tom flown fighters in combat situations which dictated continuously changing tactics.  -Len Morgan

The only people who should play for England are English people.  -Jack Wilshere

On the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl after going 18 -0: We set high expectations, now we go down as 18 -1, and that is one big zit. It is one big blemish. We choked.  -Ellis Hobbs

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England, where no one has guns: 14 deaths. United States…23,000 deaths from handguns. But  – there’s no connection.  -Bill Hicks

It is recorded how towards the end of the eighteenth century a Muslim visitor to England was taken to see the House of Commons at work. He later wrote of his astonishment at finding the that the British Parliament actually made laws and fixed punishments for their infraction  – because unlike Muslims the English had not accepted a divine law revealed from heaven and therefore had to resort to such unsatisfactory expedients. Muslims still understand the expression ‘the rule of law’ very differently than do most Westerners.  -Margaret Thatcher

Poetry and painting have arrived to their perfection in our own country; music is yet but in its nonage [immaturity], a forward Child, which gives hope of what it may be hereafter in England, when the masters of it shall find more Encouragement.  -Henry Purcell

Anyone in England who puts himself forward to be elected to a position of political power is almost bound to be socially or emotionally insecure, or criminally motivated, or mad.  -Auberon Waugh

In England, we have a curious institution called the Church of England. Its strength has always been in the fact that on any moral or political issue it can produce such a wide divergence of opinion that nobody  – from the Pope to Mao Tse -tung  – can say with any confidence that he is not an Anglican. Its weaknesses are that nobody pays much attention to it and very few people attend its functions.  -Auberon Waugh

I want to make all Europe and America know it  – I want to make England feel her weakness if she refuses to give the justice we the Irish require  – the restoration of our domestic parliament.  -Daniel O’Connell

No person knows better than you do that the domination of England is the sole and blighting curse of this country. It is the incubus that sits on our energies, stops the pulsation of the nation’s heart and leaves to Ireland not gay vitality but horrid the convulsions of a troubled dream.  -Daniel O’Connell

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When on my return to England I showed the cast of the cranium to Professor Huxley, he remarked at once that it was the most ape -like skull he had ever beheld.  -Charles Lyell

To this day, I fondly recall the challenges of building a fire, pitching a tent, climbing a New England mountain, canoeing on a lake. Camp songs still resonate inside me. Competition exists at Keewaydin, of course, but nobody fails summer camp, a nice respite from winters of fortune and misfortune at school.  -Michael Eisner

We can talk about Manchester! I like coming here, it’s a wicked city. It’s my second favourite city in England after London. I like Liverpool too but there’s a lot more to do in Manchester.  -Dave Mason

There are the manufacturing multitudes of England; they must have work, and find markets for their work; if machines and the Black Country are ugly, famine would be uglier still.  -Goldwin Smith

England as a culture has endured so much more than America has as a culture, so it’s given them a different perspective.  -Elizabeth McGovern

At the Imperial Conference on December 1, it was decided to make war against England and the United States  -Hideki Tojo

Despite Japan’s desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree.  -Hideki Tojo

It is in that English Parliament the chains for Ireland are forged, and any Irish patriot who goes into that forge to free Ireland will soon find himself welded into the agency of his country’s subjection to England.  -Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

If you want to swim across the English Channel from England to France  – you have to leave your doubt on the beach in England.  -Lewis Gordon

There is a huge responsibility on all of us to get England through. It would be one of the biggest disasters in sports history if we blew it and we must make sure it does not happen.  -Rio Ferdinand

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I didn’t expect to be dropped by England.  -Rio Ferdinand

Manchester has everything but good looks…, the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery.  -A. J. P. Taylor

I got private lessons in keyboard at Julliard, before New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  -Bernie Worrell

I played for 30 years, 20 with England and I did it by setting goals.  -Peter Shilton

Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood, and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.  -C. S. Forester

If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative.  -David Ben -Gurion

No money in the world can buy a white England shirt.  -Alan Shearer

I still get butterflies when England are playing.  -Alan Shearer

England is never in a hurry because she is eternal.  -Henryk Sienkiewicz

Richard Dawkins is arguably England’s most pious atheist.  -Simon Conway Morris

It the British System is the most gigantic system of slavery the world has yet seen, and therefore it is that freedom gradually disappears from every country over which England is enabled to obtain control.  -Henry Charles Carey

The sparkling wines from Ridgeview Estate […] are superb and will forever put to rest the notion that England is not capable of making good wine.  -Eric Asimov

Oh, the ignorance of us upon whom Providence did not sufficiently smile to permit us to be born in New England.  -Horace Porter

For years I had been disillusioned by the Church of England’s compromising on everything. The Catholic Church doesn’t care if something is unpopular.  -Ann Widdecombe

I don’t have any intentions to return to England. I would go back if I could return as a free person. I don’t want to return to prison.  -Ronald Biggs

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Upon the Constitution, upon the pre -existing legal rights of the People, as understood in this country and in England, I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate.  -Caleb Cushing

Land, in England, is valuable, because we have highly -paid artisans to consume the produce on the spot.  -Joseph Hume

He [Stanley Matthews] told me that he used to play for just twenty pounds a week. Today he would be worth all the money in the Bank of England.  -Gianfranco Zola

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

So much of today’s film culture, in England and America, is based on lies, really. The industry is very ambitious, and success has become such an opium, people start from the wrong place they forget sometimes that the core of what we do is storytelling. It serves a need, a purpose for the individual and society to pull us together in shared experience and help us realize we’re not alone in that experience.  -Joe Wright

Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for the possessor almost universal respect.  -Henry David Thoreau

Bad weather has grounded the Luftwaffe and now we must stand by and watch countless thousands of the enemy getting away to England under our noses.  -Franz Halder

Once in a while, a teacher gets rewarded with a brilliant student. My two years with Dan Szabo at the New England Conservatory were indeed a gift  – he is a pianist with unlimited potential and a composer that makes my heart sing. I deeply feel that he is an important musician for the coming years.  -Bob Brookmeyer

Ireland and England are like two sisters; I would have them embrace like one brother.  -Boyle Roche

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We have to reduce our expectations of England and we have the players to do it  -Steve McClaren

Living in England, provincial England, must be like being married to a stupid but exquisitely beautiful wife.  -Margaret Halsey

I’m an anglophile. I visit England regularly, sometimes three or four times a year, at least once a year.  -George Takei

I still like being in North of England and I keep a place there. But there are a lot of things about the Continent that are to be preferred. The social institutions work better, women have a better position in society and the food is another thing.  -Andrew Eldritch

Though born in Nova Scotia, I am of almost pure New England descent.  -Simon Newcomb

In England it is bad manners to be clever, to assert something confidently. It may be your own personal view that two and two make four, but you must not state it in a self -assured way, because this is a democratic country and others may be of a different opinion.  -George Mikes

My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourself to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm.  -Elizabeth I

Figo is as important to England as Beckham is.  -Mark Lawrenson

England are numerically outnumbered in the midfield.  -Mark Lawrenson

I think the [New England] Patriots’ season should have an asterisk next to it because everything they’re accomplishing is against teams coached by people other than me.  -Zach Braff

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I finished my studies in England, I opened my studio in London, and the first one -man exhibit I had on Bond Street, which was opened by the Austrian ambassador.  -Felix de Weldon

Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward and upward: Herzl; the Zionist Congress; the English Uganda proposition; the future world war; the peace conference where with the help of England a free and Jewish Palestine will be created.  -Max Nordau

When I was living in England I found that the more I lived abroad, the more American I discovered I was.  -Daniel J. Boorstin

There is a tone of morality throughout the rural districts of England, which is unhappily wanting in the large towns and the centres of particular manufactures  -Henry Mayhew

One day, out of irritation, I said, you know all of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise.  -Patrick Stewart

Saint George and the Dragon! -Bonny Saint George for Merry England! -The castle is won!  -Walter Scott

Marijuana is rejected all over the world. Damned. In England heroin is alright for out -patents, but marijuana? They’ll put your ass in jail. I wonder why that is? The only reason could be: To Serve the Devil  – Pleasure! Pleasure, which is a dirty word in Christian culture.  -Lenny Bruce

The Bible has always been regarded as part of the Common Law of England.  -William Blackstone

The fact is that Britain is the most warlike nation on earth. In the history of armed combat, we are the only democracy to have declared war on another democracy  – England versus Finland in the second world war, in case you’re interested  – and we’re always at the front of the queue when Johnny Foreigner gets a bit uppity. Who stood up to the Kaiser? Who stood up to Adolf? And let’s not forget the Argies. What other country would have sent its fleet halfway round the world and lost 250 men to protect a flock of sheep and some oil that might or might not be there? We’re still at it.  -Jeremy Clarkson

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I’m not from around these parts. I’m from a little place called England: we used to run the world before you.  -Ricky Gervais

Stay, my lord, And let your reason with your choler question What ’tis you go about: to climb steep hills Requires slow pace at first: anger is like A full -hot horse, who being allow’d his way, Self -mettle tires him. Not a man in England Can advise me like you: be to yourself As you would to your friend.  -William Shakespeare

The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength,  – the floating bulwark of our island.  -William Blackstone

I’m sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I’d want to run the show. They were shrewd, because that’s exactly what I would have done.  -Brian Clough

Three years after my first trip to Haiti, I realized there was another emotional note that had to be reckoned with: the intense, vibrant color of these worlds. Searing light and intense color seemed somehow embedded in the cultures that I had begun working in, so utterly different from the gray -brown reticence of my New England background. Since then, I have worked predominantly in color.  -Alex Webb

Milton! thou should’st be living at this hour: England hath need of thee! . . . . . . Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart: So didst thou travel on life’s common way In cheerful godliness.  -William Wordsworth

Daughter to that good Earl, once President Of England’s Council, and her Treasury, Who lived in both, unstained with gold or fee, And left them both, more in himself content, Till sad the breaking of that Parliament Broke him, as that dishonest victory At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty, Killed with report that old man eloquent. Though later born than to have known the days Wherein your father flourished, yet by you, Madam, methinks I see him living yet; So well your words his noble virtues praise, That all both judge you to relate them true, And to possess them, honoured Margaret.  -John Milton

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. . . Luddites were those frenzied traditionalists of the early 19th century who toured [England] wrecking new weaving machines on the theory that if they were destroyed . . . old jobs and old ways of life could be preserved . . . At certain times in his life each man is tempted to become a Luddite, for there is always something he would like to go back to. But to be against all change -against change in the abstract -is folly.  -James A. Michener

New England is a finished place. Its destiny is that of Florence or Venice, not Milan while the American empire careens onward toward its unpredicted end. . . . It is the first American section to be finished to achieve stability in the conditions of its life. It is the first old civilization, the first permanent civilization in America.  -Bernard DeVoto

So . . . I feel in regard to this aged England . . . pressed upon by transitions of trade and . . . competing populations, -I see her not dispirited, not weak, but well remembering that she has seen dark days before; -indeed, with a kind of instinct that she sees a little better in a cloudy day, and that, in storm of battle and calamity, she has a secret vigor and a pulse like a cannon.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

How long are women to remain a wholly unrepresented body of the people? This is a question that has of late been agitated in England, and women in this colony read, watch, and reflect…Why should not New Zealand also lead?…Why has a woman to power to vote, no right to vote, when she happens to possess all the requisites which legally qualify a man for that right?  -Mary Ann Muller

… I am not afraid of priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering. I have contemplated their order from the Magi of the East to the Saints of the West and I have found no difference of character, but of more or less caution, in proportion to their information or ignorance on whom their interested duperies were to be played off. Their sway in New England is indeed formidable. No mind beyond mediocrity dares there to develop itself.  -Thomas Jefferson

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But sea power has never led to despotism. The nations that have enjoyed sea power even for a brief period -Athens, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, England, the United States -are those that have preserved freedom for themselves and have given it to others. Of the despotism to which unrestrained military power leads we have plenty of examples from Alexander to Mao.  -Samuel Eliot Morison

Boy, the things I do for England.  -Prince Charles

There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.  -Oscar Wilde

Shortly after that, we got management problems over in England, and Judas Priest asked me to join.  -Glenn Tipton

I don’t think England is that gray but India is like a long drone.  -Ray Davies

Perhaps we could revisit the issue of World Cup Host selection for 2018/2022 as some countries feel, and we did say, they are more suitable. Russia was the only high risk location for 2018 and racial chanting is rife there but a Mr. R. Abramovich paid a significant fee to fund the voting proceedings and, not to be discriminatory, we would have to see the same thing from any England/Spain representatives wishing to have another vote.  -Sepp Blatter

I had almost forgotten to tell you that I have already been to the Parliament House; and yet this is of most importance. For, had I seen nothing else in England but this, I should have thought my journey thither amply rewarded.  -Karl Philipp Moritz

There’s a lot of good things about England, but I don’t want to tell you too many of them.  -Michael Clarke

My favourite setting are England, because I was born here and love it, and Spain, because it’s fabulous and so romantic.  -Diana Hamilton

Our children were mostly brought up and educated in the Churchill suburb east of Pittsburgh. Each summer, we took them back to England for an extended period.  -John Pople

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The Last Of England works with image and sound, a language which is nearer to poetry than prose. It tells its story quite happily in silent images, in contrast to a word -bound cinema.  -Derek Jarman

The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.  -Gilbert Burnet

Much attention has been focused on the MMR shot itself, whereas in all probability it is a combination of the three factors listed above: the increasing number of vaccines, the large amount of mercury, and the inherent danger of the triple vaccine…..The MMR vaccine is also especially suspect because laboratories in England, Ireland, and Japan have found evidence of MMR vaccine viruses in the intestinal tracts of autistic children, but not in control group, non -autistic children.  -Bernard Rimland

We absolutely annihilated England. It was a massacre. We beat them 5 -4.  -Bill Shankly

Poland nil, England nil, though England are now looking the better value for their nil.  -Barry Davies

There was interest from clubs in Italy and England, I believe. But I’ve never been attracted by the way they play in Italy. Staying in Spain was always my preference.  -Luis Figo

To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.  -John Mortimer

Tea -shops were to become my favourite haunts in England.  -Zola Budd

You seem in England to be entirely ignorant of the temper of our people.  -Peter Oliver

I remember my second game for England  – we lost 2 -0 to Norway, I was subbed and didn’t do myself justice and I thought that was the end of my England career.  -Teddy Sheringham

For this is England’s greatest son, He that gain’d a hundred fights, And never lost an English gun.  -Alfred Lord Tennyson

What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.

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The Common Law of England has been laboriously built about a mythical figure -the figure of ‘The Reasonable Man’.  -A. P. Herbert

Motive is also important in our quest for knowledge and in the questioning that accompanies it. In commenting on our duty to educate for eternity, Eugene England writes: Teaching or learning  – with the Spirit of God simply means (though it is not simple) that we are doing so with an eye single to eternal, not worldly, values, with an eye single to lasting development of the mind and spirit and to useful service to others, especially to aid in their lasting development of mind and spirit.  -Dallin H. Oaks

It is too maddening. I’ve got to fly off, right now, to some devilish navy yard, 3 hours in a seasick steamer, & after being heartily sick, I’ll have to speak 3 times, & then be sick coming home. Still, who would not be sick for England?  -John Masefield

I’m a working -class kid from a blue -collar New England family.  -R. A. Salvatore

In Scotland football hooliganism has been met by banning alcohol from grounds but in England this solution has been circumnavigated.  -Wallace Mercer

Mabutt has now played seven consecutive games for England, this is his seventh.  -Martin Tyler

If England had scored in the first half, I think the young legs would have found younger hearts inside them.  -Jimmy Armfield

I have not wasted my life trifling with literary fools in taverns, as Johnson did, when he should have been shaking England with the thunder of his spirit.  -George Bernard Shaw

The struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar; particularly in that of Greece, Rome, and England  -John Stuart Mill

He was not only a bore; he bored for England.  -Malcolm Muggeridge

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I am so grateful for my physical therapist, Teresa England, who taught me to respect the process of recovery. Healing is sometimes slow, and any pace but fast was alien to me. To me, the idea of patience and gradual progress was a very foreign idea. I truly learned patience from this woman, and how to appreciate the smallest signs of improvement.  -Tara Subkoff

And his six pawns were scattered like the ships of the Armada that should have conquered England; the Lord blew, and they were all isolated.  -Hans Kmoch

The right of petition is an old undoubted household right of the blood of England, which runs in our veins.  -Caleb Cushing

Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher’s England to Deng’s China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history.  -Charles Krauthammer

Six months ago I had never been to England, and, certainly, I had never sounded the depths of an English heart. I had known the shallows.  -Ford Madox Ford

We have in England a curious belief in first -rate people, meaning all the people we do not know; and this consoles us for the undeniable second -rateness of the people we do know.  -George Bernard Shaw

Men are very apt to run into extremes, hatred to England may carry come into an excess of Confidence in France… I am heartily disposed to entertain the most favourable sentiments of our new ally and to cherish them in others to a reasonable degree; but it is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.  -George Washington

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England and Ireland may flourish together. The world is large enough for both of us. Let it be our care not to make ourselves too little for it.  -Edmund Burke

Out of the chaos of post -Roman Dark Age Britain, the English had created the world’s first nation -state: One king, one country, one church, one currency, one language and a single unified representative national administration. Never again in England would sovereignty descend to the merely regional level. Never again would the idea of England and the unity of England ever be challenged.  -David Starkey

For William Cecil and others in Elizabeth’s Council, whose sense of Catholic conspiracy and threat governed their political thinking, England’s security lay in the creation of a united and Protestant British Isles, which could stand alone, ready to resist invaders. Divine providence had set the islands apart from the rest of the world by encircling seas, ‘a little world by itself’.  -Susan Brigden

Compare the scale and magnifcence of Versailles with St James’s  – the brick -built hovel in which the 18th -century kings of England lived. What was then the most powerful monarchy in the world housed its sovereigns in a converted leper hospital, yet, at the same time, parliament provided the magnificent palaces of Chelsea and Greenwich as hospitals for retired soldiers and sailors.  -David Starkey

The unweary, unostentatious, and inglorious crusade of England against slavery may probably be regarded as among the three or four perfectly virtuous pages comprised in the history of nations.  -William Edward Hartpole Lecky

England totally disarmed and an easy prey to hostile forces! Can you think of anything more likely to excite cupidity and hostile intention? We should sink to the level of a fifth rate Power, our Colonies would be stripped from us, our commerce would decline, famine and unemployment would stalk the land… I have yet to learn that the cause of peace can be served by rendering our country impotent.  -Stanley Baldwin

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England will still be England, an everlasting animal, stretching into the future and the past and like all living things having the power to change out of all recognition and yet remain the same.  -George Orwell

The irony about Charles II is not that he came to the throne because England needed a successor to Charles I, but because England needed a successor to Oliver Cromwell.  -Simon Schama

The entire animal rights movement in the United States reacted with unfettered glee at the Ban in England …We view this act of parliament as one of the most important actions in the history of the animal rights movement. This will energise our efforts to stop hunting with hounds.  -Wayne Pacelle

If England are going to win this match, they’re going to have to score a goal.  -Jimmy Hill

Ludlow….is probably the loveliest town in England with its hill of Georgian houses ascending from the river Teme to the great tower of the cross -shaped church, rising behind a classic market building.  -John Betjeman

One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England.  -Glenn T. Seaborg

Is the Church of England an Anglican church? The church did not start in Canterbury, the church did not start in Rome. Whether Canterbury is Anglican or not is immaterial. We are Anglicans. They are the Church of England.  -Peter Akinola

The courage of New England was the courage of conscience. It did not rise to that insane and awful passion, the love of war for itself.  -Rufus Choate

What a joy it is to read a book that shocks one into remembering just how high one’s literary standards should be…. a tour de force by one of England’s best novelists…. Atonement is a spectacular book; as good a novel  – and more satisfying…  – than anything McEwan has written….sublimely written narrative…. The Dunkirk passage is a stupendous piece of writing, a set piece that could easily stand on its own.  -Noah Richler

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The Maze is a painting of the inside of my skull, which I painted when I was in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals. It is a story of my life, well in the sense that people tell stories by the fireplace to entertain their guests, trying to make them accept you. In this case I wanted to be accepted, as an interesting specimen.  -William Kurelek

The nice thing about England is that they actually speak English.  -Isaac Hanson

Paul Scholes should be included in England’s Euro 2012 squad.  -Harry Redknapp

We don’t go to Shakespeare to find out about life in Elizabethan England; we go to Shakespeare to find out about ourselves now.  -Jeanette Winterson

Misgovernment is of four kinds, often in combination. They are: 1) tyranny or oppression, of which history provides so many well -known examples that they do not need citing; 2) excessive ambition, such as Athens’ attempted conquest of Sicily in the Peloponnesian War, Philip II’s of England via the Armada, Germany’s twice -attempted rule of Europe by a self -conceived master race, Japan’s bid for an empire of Asia; 3) incompetence or decadence, as in the case of the late Roman empire, the last Romanovs and the last imperial dynasty of China; and finally 4) folly or perversity.  -Barbara Tuchman

I learned to stop being English about things like love. If you make a film in England about love, it’s hugely complicated. It’s all about saying what the weather is like, and you’re secretly telling someone you love them. You know what the English are like; they’re very repressed people. You don’t get that in India. India is incredibly un -cynical about love. It’s a not a complicated thing. It’s me, you, love. Let’s go.  -Simon Beaufoy

I got a divorce eleven years later on the grounds of cruelty, which is still not easy in England.  -Dinah Sheridan

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England is so defined, the class system, your education. I think what was unique about the Canterbury scene.  -Kevin Ayers

I acknowledge Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. They are prostlytizers of English socialism preaching to the converted and telling us what we already know. Cinema is best served away from documentary neo -realism. I come from a tradition of post -post -Italian neo -realism in England, where we’ve produced the best television in the world. But to paraphrase Truffaut, the English have no visual imagination.  -Peter Greenaway

If we carry purism to it’s logical conclusion, to do it right {fishing} you’d have to live naked in a cave, hit your trout on the head with rocks, and eat them raw. But, so as not to violate another essential element of the fly -fishing tradition, the rocks would have to be quarried in England and cost $300 each.  -John Gierach

One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it.  -Mark Twain

I made, over the years in Cambridge, several very good American friends, and America appeared to me, a land of promise in every sense of that word, a land of freedom from the inhibitions and restrictions that I felt in England.  -Peter Shaffer

I was born in Liverpool in England, and I lived there for the first nine years of my life.  -Peter Shaffer

England expects every man to do his duty  -Horatio Nelson

A weekday edition of The New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in a lifetime in seventeenth -century England  -Richard Saul Wurman

England is no longer controlled by Britons, we are under the invisible Jewish dictatorship, a dictatorship that can be felt in every sphere of life  -Nesta Helen Webster

A brilliant treatment of the history of Purgatory in England and its survivals and echoes throughout Shakespeare’s plays, above all Hamlet.  -Carol Zaleski

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In England, philosophers are honoured, respected; they rise to public offices, they are buried with the kings… In France warrants are issued against them, they are persecuted, pelted with pastoral letters: Do we see that England is any the worse for it?  -John Dewey

Remember, Sir, that [England] began the slave trade!  -Benjamin Franklin

I have spent some months in England, have seen an awful lot and learned little. England is not a land of science, there is only a widely practised dilettantism, the chemists are ashamed to call themselves chemists because the pharmacists, who are despised, have assumed this name.  -Justus von Liebig

Everyone knows that England are a far better team than their World Cup performance suggests. It’s vital that we play with confidence and take the strength and competition of the engage Super League in to the Four Nations.  -Paul Sculthorpe

The gloomy months of November, when the people of England hang and drown themselves.  -Joseph Addison

England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe, but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else.  -Zlatan Ibrahimovic

A bomb under the West car park at Twickenham on an international day would end fascism in England for a generation.  -Philip Toynbee

Me? As England’s answer to Jonah Lomu? Joanna Lumley, more likely.  -Damian Hopley

Head coach of the England team demands management skills that Brian does not have. We had a head coach who wanted one thing, other coaches who wanted other things. The players hadn’t a clue what was going on. Somehow we’d managed to turn our World Cup campaign into a Monty Python sketch  – called The Life of Brian.  -Lawrence Dallaglio

I know that Martin Johnson [the England coach] was in the stands, but I didn’t feel it was up to me to impress them. He and his assistant [Brian Smith] were here to support me.  -Jonny Wilkinson

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I am patriot enough to take pains to bring this usefull invention into fashion in England, and I should not fail to write to some of our Doctors very particularly about it, if I knew anyone of ’em that I thought had Virtue enough to destroy such a considerable branch of Revenue for the good of Mankind, but that Distemper is too beneficial to them not to expose to all their Resentment the hardy wight that should undertake to put an end to it.  -Mary Wortley Montagu

I really wouldn’t want to live in America. I found New York claustrophobic and dirty. I missed England when I was there, simple things like smells and the British sense of humor.  -Jonny Lee Miller

In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.  -Oscar Wilde

You are as safe with me as you would be in the Bank of England.  -Robert Maxwell

The England team must always be respected. They always fight to the end.  -Zinedine Zidane

Lichfield, England. Swallows certainly sleep all winter. A number of them conglobulate together, by flying round and round, and then all in a heap throw themselves under water, and lye in the bed of a river.  -Samuel Johnson

As for what you’re calling hard luck  – well, we made New England out of it. That and codfish.  -Stephen Vincent Benet

In time, Mr Hall, one gets to recognize that sneer, that hardness, for fornication extends far beyond the actual deed. Were it a deed only, I for one would not hold it anathema. But when the nations went a whoring they invariably ended by denying God, I think, and until all sexual irregularities and not some of them are penal the Church will never reconquer England.  -E. M. Forster

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By natural means, as the Lord always operates for the accomplishment of his purposes, means so simple that the thoughtless and unbelieving do not see the manifestation of his power, he brought the Puritans from the old world to New England, the Dutch to New York, the English Cavaliers to Virginia and the French to New Orleans, a combination of races which, paradoxical as it may appear, was just calculated to give us the composite America who made the United States of America what it is, the greatest nation of the world today.  -Anthony W. Ivins

The working class of England take their deracination completely for granted. Disenchantment is the happy code that informs every byway of the underclass: service jobs, celebrity dreams, Lotto wins, leisured poverty on pre -crunch credit cards, it’s all there, part of the story of an English people whose grandparents never had it so good.  -Andrew O’Hagan

In a few years there will be only five kings in the world the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards.  -Farouk of Egypt

I am not conscious of a single experience throughout my three months’ stay in England and Europe that made me feel that after all East is East and West is West. On the contrary, I have been convinced more than ever that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with trust and affection you would have ten -fold trust and thousand -fold affection returned to you.  -Mahatma Gandhi

With all the defects in our Constitution, whether general or particular, the comparison of our government with those of Europe, is like a comparison of Heaven with Hell. England, like the earth, may be allowed to take the intermediate station.  -Thomas Jefferson

Will I return to England? I don’t know. I’ll think it over.  -Lillie Langtry

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“The Church of England,” I said, seeing that Mr. Inglesant paused, “is no doubt a compromise.”  -Joseph Henry Shorthouse

I do not care so much for the death of my gunner, as for other passages of my voyage, for I have good friends in England that will bring me off for that.  -William Kidd

The coming of the printing press must have seemed as if it would turn the world upside down in the way it spread and, above all, democratized knowledge. Provide you could pay and read, what was on the shelves in the new bookshops was yours for the taking. The speed with which printing presses and their operators fanned out across Europe is extraordinary. From the single Mainz press of 1457, it took only twenty -three years to establish presses in 110 towns: 50 in Italy, 30 in Germany, 9 in France, 8 in Spain, 8 in Holland, 4 in England, and so on.  -James E. Burke

While my hand is on the stick, my feet on the rudder, and my eyes on the compass, this consciousness, like a winged messenger, goes out to visit the waves below, testing the warmth of water, the speed of wind, the thickness of intervening clouds. It goes north to the glacial coasts of Greenland, over the horizon to the edge of dawn, ahead to Ireland, England, and the continent of Europe, away through space to the moon and stars, always returning, unwillingly, to the mortal duty of seeing that the limbs and muscles have attended their routine while it was gone.  -Charles Lindbergh

I am quite prepared, if we can do it without any disrespect to the Crown of England, to bring our titles to the marketplace and make a bonfire of them.  -Wilfrid Laurier

I cannot separate the finances of India from those of England. If the finances of the Indian Government receive any severe and irreparable check, will not the resources of England be called upon to meet the emergency, and to supply the deficiency?  -Richard Cobden

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Right joyous are we to behold your face, Most worthy brother England; fairly met!  -William Shakespeare

I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere in England.  -Bob Hope

I see the Beatles have arrived from England. They were 40 pounds overweight  – and that was just their hair.  -Bob Hope

He was bare chested and in good trim. I said that just looking at him I knew there would always be an England  -Bob Hope

Forests are breaking out all over America. New England has more forests since the Civil War. In 1880, New York State was only 25 percent forested. Today it is more than 66 percent. In 1850, Vermont was only 35 percent forested. Now it’s 76 percent forested and rising. In the south, more land is covered by forest than at any time in the last century. In 1936 a study found that 80 percent of piedmont Georgia was without trees. Today nearly 70 percent of the state is forested. In the last decade alone, America has added more than 10 million acres of forestland.  -Jonah Goldberg

In the event of a victory over Germany by Soviet Russia and England, Bolshevism in Europe would inevitably follow. Under these circumstances I would prefer to see Germany win the war.  -Pierre Laval

And it was only released in London last week, so when I go back to England Monday or whatever, I am expecting heaps of adulation. I’m hoping there is. If that doesn’t happen I will be disappointed.  -David Thewlis

I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree.  -Colin Firth

Yeah, we went to England to do a show and I got off the plane and I couldn’t write my name or hold my hand up.  -Johnny Winter

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Good night; ensured release, Imperishable peace, Have these for yours. * While sky and sea and land And earth’s foundations stand And heaven endures. *These three lines are on the tablet over Housman’s grave in the parish church at Ludlow, Shropshire, England  -A. E. Housman

Farming implements are as cheap in Sydney as in England.  -Charles Sturt

I lived a normal life for a number of years. I had kids. I lived up on a farm in Gloucestershire in rural England, and just kind of got back to reality again.  -Roger Taylor

I’ve got a farm in England where I breed horses.  -Davy Jones

England is my wife, America my mistress. It is very good sometimes to get away from one’s wife.  -Cedric Hardwicke

What stands if Freedom fail? What dies of England live?  -Rudyard Kipling

Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live.  -John Milton

I had to come to the United States to prove myself. I fought for a long time in England and a lot of people thought I was a protected fighter.  -Ricky Hatton

I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn’t read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene.  -Peter Porter

There is an infinity of landscape here, caused by the purity of the atmosphere. It has been said that there is a lack of colour. It is not so obvious as the greenness of England, but it is infinitely more varied and more delicate in tone. The landscape is a pinky mauve, a lilac, and the reflection of the sun of the particles of the atmosphere is a warm amber. So I should say our colour scheme is amber and lilac.  -Hans Heysen

A team of British lawyers has now concluded that the Declaration of Independence was illegal, and the American colonies had no right to secede from England. Well, you thought our court system was backed up.  -Jay Leno

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The very fact that a Frenchman was prepared, after two minutes of conversation, to be so friendly towards anyone, especially one who had come from England, made me restless.  -Tahir Shah

Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpass’d; The next, in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go; To make a third, she join’d the former two.  -John Dryden

I learned music listening to Elvis’ records. His measurable effect on culture and music was even greater in England than in the States.  -Mick Fleetwood

Finding a master of the dark art of ninjutsu in modern westernized Japan seems as unlikely as finding an active practitioner of the magic of Merlin in contemporary industrialized England.  -Stephen K. Hayes

I still read the British papers, but I’ve never been a Royalist, ever. It’s funny, there always seems to be much more of a fascination with the Royal Family over here then there does in England.  -Paul Bettany

I went out for a film where they wanted seven brothers and one sister, so I was there for half a day while they were waiting for ‘Archie’ to read for a boy I’ve had drivers come to pick me up in England looking for a blond, blue -eyed Scottish boy.  -Archie Panjabi

Politicians don’t really bring up religion in England.  -John Oliver

Here in America, people come out to see what they’ve known you to do. In England it’s like everyone comes out to tell you exactly how well they think you’re doing.  -John Oliver

The weather in California is so much hotter than it is in England that it’s absolutely changed my style. I have many more dresses and shorts than I ever thought I would coming from U.K.! It’s so much easier to dress femininely in a warm climate.  -Tamsin Egerton

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England has been praised for turning out intelligent, adult pictures whereas Hollywood has been severely censured for turning out junk. I don’t think criticism is a valid one because, in defense of Hollywood, we have censorship problems England doesn’t have. I’m not speaking of the license to do sexy stuff. I’m speaking of the license to present adult ideas and viewpoints, which we lack and which means in turn that many of our pictures lack intelligent content.  -John Garfield

I have a group of people, about 40, in a local church in Surrey in England, who pray for me regularly.  -Cliff Richard

Here in England we live at a slower pace, have more time to enjoy things  – like good jazz.  -Chris Barber

If you’re successful, it’s important to enjoy it! I love shopping for clothes, branded clothes. I love shopping in England, Dubai. I like to travel whenever I can.  -Suresh Raina

Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.  -Oscar Wilde

Any well -established village in New England or the northern Middle West could afford a town drunkard, a town atheist, and a few Democrats.  -D. W Brogan

Forcing modern speakers of English to not  – whoops, not to split an infinitive because it isn’t done in Latin makes about as much sense as forcing modern residents of England to wear laurels and togas.  -Steven Pinker

If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another.  -Benjamin Franklin

The Puritans left England for America not because they couldn’t be Puritans in their mother country, but because they were not allowed to force others to become Puritans; in the New World, of course, they could and did.  -Gore Vidal

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A French observer is surprised to hear how often an English or an American lawyer quotes the opinions of others, and how little he alludes to his own; … This abnegation of his own opinion, and this implicit deference to the opinion of his forefathers, which are common to the English and American lawyer, this servitude of thought which he is obliged to profess, necessarily give him more timid habits and more conservative inclinations in England and America than in France.  -Alexis de Tocqueville

The law of England has established trial by judge and jury in the conviction that it is the mode best calculated to ascertain the truth.  -Jeremy Bentham

The civil jury is the most effective form of sovereignty of the people. It defies the aggressions of time and man. During the reigns of Henry VIII (1509 -1547) and Elizabeth I (1158 -1603), the civil jury did in reality save the liberties of England.  -Alexis de Tocqueville

I love England though; I’ve been back a few times and just love it. My favorite thing to do there is going to museums and all the castles. Oh, and my husband and I went mountain biking across England on our honeymoon!  -Catherine Bell

Nothing is wrong with Tom Brady. When you look at the New England Patriots, they are going to have to readjust how they evaluate talent…You have to bring in some heavy hitters to protect Tom Brady at 37 years old and help him get the ball out of his hands.  -Sterling Sharpe

The Cincinnati Bengals look like the most complete team in the National Football League. I can’t wait to see how they match up against New England.  -Sterling Sharpe

A good part of why I never went back to England was part of that, I didn’t want to be in those sort of flowery films. But I think it’s a nice change of pace -I don’t know how long it’ll go for. There will always be the Merchant -Ivory/Kenneth Branagh movies, but there’s something else now -really, it’s always been there but the Americans getting to see it makes all the difference.  -Tim Roth

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Well, this week for example, I was just in Los Angeles making a documentary for German television on whales. They had tried to get me in England where they missed me.  -Wavy Gravy

The relation of eugenics to British psychiatry bears examination. The primary controlling body for psychiatry in England is the British National Association for Mental Health (NAMH), formed in 1944, and initially run by the mentally unstable Montagu Norman, previously of the Bank of England. The group originally met at Norman’s London home, where he and Nazi Economics Minister Hjalmar Schacht had met in the 1930s to arrange financing for Hitler.  -Jim Keith

In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.  -Marc Newson

In 1946, Oxford University in England was offered large funds to create a new Institute of Human Nutrition. The University refused the funds on the ground that the knowledge of human nutrition was essentially complete, and that the proposed institution would soon run out of meaningful research projects.  -Rene Dubos

Around the property I have here, I’m about to put an all weather race track. I’m about to build stables. I’m about to ship over a couple of my thoroughbreds from England.  -Davy Jones

An earnest conjuration from the King,

As England was his faithful tributary,

As love between them like the palm might flourish,

As peace should still her wheaten garland wear

And stand a comma ‘tween their amities,

And many such -like as’s of great charge,

That, on the view and knowing of these contents,

Without debatement further, more or less,

He should the bearers put to sudden death,

Not shriving time allow’d.  -William Shakespeare

England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? ‘We got beat in the quarter -finals. I played like s**t. Here’s my book.’  -Joey Barton

Those who today murdered our people in an ambush not only plotted to murder some Jews but intended to provoke us… The Arabs stand to gain from such a development. They want the country to be in a state of perpetual pogrom…. Any further bloodshed [by the Jews] will only bring political advantage to the Arabs and harm us… Our strength is in the defense… and this strength will give us political victory if England and the world will know that we are defending ourselves rather than attacking.  -David Ben -Gurion

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When I announced on my Facebook page that I’m coming to Israel, people started telling me that I shouldn’t go there, but I figured that if I’m not going to come here, then I guess I can’t go back to the United States anymore and I can never go to Russia again and I should probably never go back to Germany and I should probably never go back to France and I should probably never go back to England….All I see here is a really beautiful city.  -John Grant

I like Target. I like the ones in the Midwest, personally. We don’t really have those in England yet.  -Roger Taylor

Perhaps that is why the novel flourished in England. You had these communities that would stay put and people would see one another all the time and cause one another to change and have the opportunity to observe the changes over time.  -Tobias Wolff

When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles, from British folklore to Celtic music. That was always where my passions were as a young girl, and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland.  -Terri Windling

Praise the Lord, O England’s Jerusalem: and Netherland’s Zion, praise ye the Lord! He hath secured your gates, and blessed your possessions with peace, even here, where the threatened torch of war was lighted.  -Peter Stuyvesant

Since fantasy isn’t about technology, the accelleration has no impact at all. But it’s changed the lives of fantasy writers and editors. I get to live in England and work for a New York publisher!  -Terri Windling

England is a country of pianos, they are everywhere.  -Frederic Chopin

England is so surrounded by the boredom of conventionalities, that it is all one to them whether music is good or bad, since they have to hear it from morning till night. For here they have flower -shows with music, dinners with music, sales with music.  -Frederic Chopin

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But if anyone supposes that there was no commercial fraud in the Middle Ages, let him study the commercial legislation of England for that period, and his mind will be satisfied, if he has a mind to be satisfied and not only a fancy to run away with him.  -Goldwin Smith

Genetic studies in Iceland have found that many of the women who were the founding stock of Iceland came from England and what is now France. Some were probably captured and carried off in Viking raids only 40 generations ago.  -Keith Henson

The weather in England can really darken your spirits.

Claire Forlani

You know, nobody eats in England. three or four pints of english beer a night fills you. i can’t say i’m very impressed with the food in America. it’s all sort of bland. like turkey sandwiches.  -Anne Dudley

My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than were permissible under English law at that time.  -Garrison Keillor

The phase of the usury system which we are trying to analyze is more or less Patterson’s perception that the Bank of England could have benefit of all the interest on all the money that it creates out of nothing. … Now the American citizen can, of course, appeal to his constitution, which states that Congress shall have power to coin money or regulate the value thereof and of foreign coin. Such appeal is perhaps quixotic.  -Ezra Pound

I grew up in New England. I think I was brought up with the Puritan ethic: that if you worked really hard in life, then good would come to you. The harder you work, the luckier you get. I’ve come to believe that it’s the smarter you work, the better.  -Ken Blanchard

We must get back to a very strong Christianity… Christianity shaped America and England, and we need to get back to those moral foundations that made us great.  -George Carey

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More and more do I see that only a successful revolution in India can break England’s back forever and free Europe itself. It is not a national question concerning India any longer; it is purely international.  -Agnes Smedley

Within the first year of launching my company, Spanx, I decided to go over to England and cold -call Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges the same way I had cold -called Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s here in the United States.  -Sara Blakely

Since we launched the original ‘Pop Idol’ in England, I’ve remained close with Simon Fuller. Working as executive producer on ‘American idol’ for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world.  -Nigel Lythgoe

The Church in England is the Church of England.  -Joseph Barber Lightfoot

I think the water dictates how food will taste in a country. In England the apples taste unlike apples grown in any other place. England is an island, there’s a lot of salt in the air and in the water. I think that has something to do with it.  -Gael Garcia Bernal

I don’t cheer for anyone because my job is obviously more important, but the reason why I got into sports is because of my father. He’s a giant sports fan and we are from New England, so he cheered for the Celtics and the Red Sox.  -Erin Andrews

I got a job as soon as I could  – 11 or 12. I started babysitting and then I got a part -time job at a pharmacy in England. I just remember loving the feeling of going out and buying my own clothes! I’d go bargain -hunting and get secondhand vintage stuff.  -Natasha Bedingfield

The academy awards in England; it’s a classy affair as well.  -Brenda Blethyn

Playing in New England and the Boston area, the fans are so passionate about their sports if you don’t play well, they’ll let you know so I know it’s not something that they take lightly.  -Drew Bledsoe

See also
The Colorful History of Lindisfarne

In 1925, when Britain went back to the gold standard, that was supported by the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Bank of England, the civil service, the CBI, the TUC, the Times, the Economist; that consensus was very strong.  -Ed Balls

I have also just finished three weeks on a soap opera in England. The soap opera is a rather famous one called Crossroads. It was first on television 25 years ago, and it has recently been brought back. I play the part of a businessman called David Wheeler.  -Jeremy Bulloch

Hendrix was big in England. We all became good friends and I am still in touch with Noel Redding.  -Jimmy Carl Black

If only Vivien Leigh had stayed in England, that part would have been mine.  -Joan Bennett

My family came in 1635 from England and settled in Williamsburg. Shortly after, they split up; half went to New England and half stayed in Virginia. I’m a Virginian Ballard.  -Robert Ballard

There was still food rationing in England and life was difficult all through my 2 year stay in Oxford.  -Sydney Brenner

The South Downs of England reminded me a bit of my Old Virginia homeland.  -Billy Campbell

In England we only make films about the working class or the aristocracy.  -Nigel Cole

In England, your life is your life.  -Eric Cantona

I find respect for a mediocre British composer, as opposed to a really good American, ridiculous because they automatically respect a composer if he’s from England.  -John Corigliano

Actually, bizarrely, in America, I get more appreciation from the odd, unusual stuff I’ve done, almost because I’m not, if you like, famous in America as I am in England.  -Steve Coogan

I sort of lived half my life in California, half in England, so I am, I suppose, a little bit American.  -Alice Eve

The long and short of it is that I am now in a position in England to green light movies, and that’s really excellent  – not high -budget movies, but movies none the less.  -Idris Elba

See also
Belfast and the Troubles

Every town in America had at least one, two, or maybe three radio stations that played rock 24 hours a day. In England, we had a rock specialist on for two hours a week.  -Joe Elliott

I grew up in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in England and got out as soon as I could!  -Rupert Friend

I’ve been working at performing for five years now. I’ve been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it’s also the only way to get to know what music is all about.  -Andy Gibb

It came as a great shock to me when I heard that England and Soviet Russia had become allies. So much so that I thought that the people responsible in London were acting in a manner that no longer coincided with British imperial interests.  -John Amery

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