England Quotes

 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 the suns of home. 
Author: Rupert Brooke
Nationality: English
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1915
  
 All my possessions for a moment of time. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 And did those feet in ancient time Walk England's mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's Day. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 And what should they know of England who only England know? 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out. 
Author: Bishop Hugh Latimer
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1555
  
 Bin home too, and along France. It appears he had been to England as servant to some squatter's family. But fancy an aboriginal stating he had been 'home'. 
Author: A. J. Campbell
Nationality: English   
 But Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England! 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. 
Author: Sir Matthew Hale
Nationality: English
b. December 1609  - d.  December 1676
  
 Coffee in England always tastes like a chemistry experiment. 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 Cry, 'God for Harry! England and Saint George!' 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Cup of tea, cup a tea, almost got shagged, cup of tea. Demon monks. Shoulda gone to Vegas. 
Author: Spike Milligan
Nationality: British
b. December 1918  - d.  December 2002
  
 Damn the laws of England! I make the laws and every son of a bitch shall be governed by them. 
Author: William Bligh
Nationality: English
b. 9 September 1754  - d. 7 December 1817
  
 Die, my dear Doctor, that's the last thing I shall do! 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 England and America are two countries separated by the same language. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 England expects every man to do his duty. 
Author: Viscount Horatio Nelson
Nationality: English
b. 29 September 1758  - d. 21 October 1805
  
 England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. 
Author: William Pitt The Younger
Nationality: British
b. 28 May 1759  - d. 23 January 1806
  
 England has two books: The Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare but the Bible made England. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 England is a paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy a paradise for horses, hell for women. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 England is merely an island of beef flesh swimming in a warm gulf stream of gravy. 
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 14 October 1888  - d. 9 January 1923
  
 England is not all the world. 
Author: Queen Mary Queen of Scots
Nationality: Scottish
b. 8 December 1542  - d. 8 February 1587
  
 England is the mother of Parliaments. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses. 
Author: John Florio
Nationality: English
b. December 1553  - d.  December 1625
  
 England, farewell! thou, who hast been my cradle, Shalt never be my dungeon or my grave! 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 England, home and beauty. 
Author: John Braham
Nationality: English
b. December 1774  - d. 17 February 1856
  
 England, perfidious England. 
Author: Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
Nationality: French
b. 27 September 1627  - d. 12 April 1704
  
 Home to 90 per cent of Australians is a Sydney or Melbourne slum, or a decayed mining town, or the wide and dreamy bush, yet they talk glibly of England as 'Home'. 
Author: George Meudell
Nationality: French   
 I join with you most cordially in rejoicing at the return of peace. I hope it will be lasting, and that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason enough to settle their differences with out cutting throats; for, in my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. What past additions to the conveniences and comforts of life might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of utility! What an extension of agriculture, even to the tops of the mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices and improvements, rendering England a complete paradise, might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief - in bringing misery into thousands of families and destroying the lives of so many working people, who might have performed the useful labors. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 I pleasantly assured him that in my belief, based on the experience of a long ministry, it would be roughly true to say of the married clergy of the Church of England that probably fifty per cent were ruined by their wives and fifty per cent were saved. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 I think that there are more loyal Rumpole fans in America than there are in England. America's much bigger, of course, and there are many more lawyers - practically every third person's a lawyer. I've had constant offers to Americanize Rumpole - to do what they did to 'Till Death Us Do Part,' which became Archie Bunker. Though they've offered me large sums of money, I've always thought it's ridiculous. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 I think they were a disgrace. These people standing behind the fence drinking beer, most of them are about 50 kilos overweight, making ridiculous comments. Gee whiz, as far as I'm concerned it's easy for someone to say that from behind the fence. While they pay their money and all that sort of stuff, gee whiz, I reckon there's some sort of integrity in life. 
Author: Justin Langer
Nationality: Australian   
 I will not cease from Mental Strife Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand Till we have built Jerusalem, In England's green and pleasant Land. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 I'll sign it in letters bold enough so the King of England can see it without his spectacles on! 
Author: David Williamson
Nationality: Australian
b. 19 February 1942
  
 If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. 
Author: Rupert Brooke
Nationality: English
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1915
  
 If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it. 
Author: H. G. Wells
Nationality: English
b. 21 September 1866  - d. 13 August 1946
  
 In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz Hotel. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America. 
Author: Lillian Hellman
Nationality: American
b. 20 June 1905  - d. 30 June 1984
  
 Milton! thou should'st be living at this hour: England hath need of thee. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Must! Is must, a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Net: Anything reticulated or decussated at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections. Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Newspapermen learn to call a murderer 'an alleged murderer' and the King of England 'the alleged King of England' to avoid libel suits. 
Author: Stephen Butler Leacock
Nationality: British
b. 30 December 1869  - d. 28 March 1944
  
 Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 O where are going to, all you Big Steamers, With England's own coal, up and down the salt seas? 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 O! that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work today. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Of Scotland: That knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur. 
Author: Sydney Smith
Nationality: English
b. 3 June 1771  - d. 22 February 1845
  
 Of the Schleswig-Holstein question:- There are only three men who have ever understood it: one was Prince Albert, who is dead; the second was a German professor, who became mad. I am the third - and I have forgotten all about it. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Oh, to be in England, Now that April's there. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Oh! The roast beef of England, And old England's roast beef. 
Author: Henry Fielding
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1707  - d. 8 October 1754
  
 On the Australian cricket team's success in England in 1948: We did it wearing all white, without the help of a psychiatrist and without anyone having his hair permed. 
Author: Sir Donald Bradman
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 August 1919  - d. 25 February 2001
  
 Scotland: That knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur. 
Author: Sydney Smith
Nationality: English
b. 3 June 1771  - d. 22 February 1845
  
 Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget. For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 The Continent will not suffer England to be the workshop of the world. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 The land was ours before we were the land's. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. She was ours In Massachusetts, in Virginia, But we were England's, still colonials, Possessing what we still were unpossessed by, Possessed by what we now no more possessed. Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found out that it was ourselves We were withholding from our land of living, And forthwith found salvation in surrender. Such as we were we gave ourselves outright (The deed of gift was many deeds of war) To the land vaguely realizing westward, But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced, Such as she was, such as she would become. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February. 
Author: Joseph Wood Krutch
Nationality: American
b. 25 November 1893  - d. 22 May 1970
  
 The stately homes of England, How beautiful they stand! 
Author: Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Nationality: English
b. 25 September 1793  - d. 16 May 1835
  
 The whore and gambler, by the state Licensed, build that nation's fate. The harlot's cry from street to street Shall weave England's winding sheet. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 The young child so soon as it can lisp a word, is told something about England, and taught to call it home. 
Author: J. Askew
Nationality: Australian   
 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England, This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 To love is to know the sacrifices which eternity exacts from life. 
Author: John Oliver Hobbes
Nationality: American
b. December 1867  - d.  December 1906
  
 US marines have discovered bomb-making facilities, chemicals and mortars at a large training complex to the east of Baghdad operated by a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) headed by Abu Abbas. The PLF, which carried out the deadly terrorists attack on the Achille Lauro in 1986, officially renounced terrorism at the time of the 1993 Oslo accords; yet this camp had until very recently been active. For 12 years, Saddam has denied working with terrorists just as categorically as he had sworn that Iraq no longer possess any category of banned weapons or the means to manufacture them. In a mere 18 days, one lie has been nailed; nailing the second is only a matter of time. 
Author: Paul Waugh
Nationality: British   
 We are fully aware, too fully aware, of our lack of contemporary identity. We are totally unsure of whether we are mini-Americans, emasculated Poms, or our own Zorbas. 
Author: Max Harris
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 1921  - d. 13 January 1995
  
 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. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 We have in England a particular bashfulness in every thing that regards religion. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 We're trying to show that we're not a little bit of England in America, but a place for Americans to gain a better perspective on their own history. 
Author: Louis Booker Wright
Nationality: American
b. December 1899  - d.  December 1984
  
 When I warned (the French Government) that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some neck! 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 When I warned them (the French Government) that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some neck! 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Ye Mariners of England That guard our native seas, Whose flag has braved, a thousand years, The battle and the breeze. 
Author: Thomas Campbell
Nationality: Scottish
b. 27 July 1777  - d. 15 June 1844
  
 You know, it is quite a disadvantage being an Australian... In Australia, if you are quiet and don't speak like a servant, you are thought a snob; if you aren't a millionaire you are ignored. If you live in England, wretched middle-class English try to patronise you, expect you to eat like a savage, crack stock-whips and spit on the floor. 
Author: Martin Boyd
Nationality: American
b. 10 June 1893  - d. 3 June 1972
  
 And Now For Something Completely Different was supposed to be our entree into America. It failed in America but was a big success in England.  
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 It is time we in Scotland put England in its proper place and instead of our leaning on England and taking inspiration from her, we should lean and turn to Europe, for it is there our future prosperity lies. 
Author: Hugh MacDiarmid
Nationality: Scottish
b. 11 August 1892  - d. 09 September 1978
  
 Challenge England's conscience-to the root. 
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 It is too maddening. I've got to fly off, right now, to some devilish navy yard, three hours in a seasick steamer, and after being heartily sick, I'll have to speak three times, and then I'll be sick coming home. Still, who would not be sick for England? 
Author: John Edward Masefield
Nationality: English
b. 01 June 1878  - d. 12 May 1966
  
 Take all your dukes and marquesses and earls and viscounts, pack them into one chamber, call it the House of Lords to satisfy their pride and then strip it of all political power. It's a solution so perfectly elegant and preposterous that only the British could have managed it. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 The trade between England and the Netherlands had existed for ages, and was still extending itself, to the great advantage of both countries. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 The real fact is that I could no longer stand their eternal cold mutton. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 We can sit in our homes and speak loudly as though we were in England. But the constitution does need revising 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 The anxiety in which, for three days, London society existed, cannot be described. Telegrams were sent to America and Asia for news of Phileas Fogg. Messengers were dispatched to the house in Saville Row morning and evening. No news. 
Author: Jules Gabriel Verne
Nationality: French
b. 08 February 1828  - d. 24 March 1905
  
 Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 Wherever on this planet ideals of personal freedom and dignity apply, there you will find the cultural inheritance of England. 
Author: Dr. Karel Capek
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 9 January 1890  - d. 25 December 1938
  
 New England spunk seems to be pretty well up. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 That which I have seen in Rome and even in England leads me to believe that men have strangely mistaken the spirit in their zeal for the letter of Christianity. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 England is a most marvellous country, but one is not, till one knows the eccentricities of large land-owners, trained to accept kangaroos, zebras, or beavers as part of its landscape. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 On the same line of reasoning, if Australians were to be Australians, or rather if Australians were as separate from any other nation as Australia from any other land, there would be no jealousy between them on England's account. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 Imperial Federation means a union between England and each one of her colonies individually, whilst the colonies themselves would be divided by bitterness and jealousy of the meanest and most despicable kind. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 Why on earth do we want closer connection with England? We have little in common with English people except our language. We are fast becoming an entirely different people. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 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. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities.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. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 That science has long been neglected and declining in England, is not an opinion originating with me, but is shared by many, and has been expressed by higher Literatureity than mine. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 The pursuit of science does not, in England, constitute a distinct profession, as it does in many other countries. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 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.  
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 Furthermore, the spirit of enterprise which had its first intellectual development in England has especially flourished here as well as throughout all of Canada, while the same spirit has become less virile in the land of its origin.  
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1890  - d. 26 September 1961
  
 Chamberlain seemed such a nice old gentleman that I thought I would give him my autograph. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The Church of England had seemed a narrow tyranny, as detestable as that of the Plymouth Brethren; less logical and more hypocritical. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 Human sacrifices are today still practised by the Jews of Eastern Europe, as is set forth at length by the late Sir Richard Burton in the MS. which the wealthy Jews of England have compassed heaven and earth to suppress, and evidenced by the ever-recurring Pogroms against which so senseless an outcry is made by those who live among those degenerate Jews who are at least not cannibals. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 Let us never forget this: since the day of the air, the old frontiers are gone. When you think of the defense of England you no longer think of the chalk cliffs of Dover; you think of the Rhine. That is where our frontier lies. 
Author: Stanley Baldwin
Nationality: British
b. 3 August 1867  - d. 14 December 1947
  
 New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 In England, literary pretence is more universal than elsewhere from our method of education. 
Author: James Payn
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1830  - d. 25 March 1898
  
 I learned to change my accent; in England, your accent identifies you very strongly with a class, and I did not want to be held back. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I miss England. I miss the weather. I've spent moss of the last 25 years on tour. I'm ready to come home. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 If I live to see an England in which socialism has made the occupation of a grocer as honourable as that of a soldier, I shall die happy. 
Author: J. B.S. Haldane
Nationality: British
b. 5 November 1892  - d. 1 December 1964
  
 If countries were named after the words you first hear when you go there, England would have to be called Damn It. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Great success, great profit, great performances, etc. etc. ... France is becoming more and more philistine towards music, and the more I see of foreign lands the less I love my own. Art, in France, is dead; so I must go where it is still to be found. In England apparently there has been a real revolution in the musical consciousness of the nation in the last ten years. We shall see. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 I am a republican. I have avowed it openly in monarchical but free England; and am happy to state that I have lost nothing by this avowal there. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 Several letters have been received by me asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 My first time in England, in the '60s, the interiors were somehow familiar to me, probably because of the books I'd read and the images I'd seen.  
Author: Christian Lacroix
Nationality: French
b. 16 May 1951
  
 In England and America people tend to graze all day long, but I think it's such a waste to be constantly picking at food because you then can't enjoy a proper full meal when the time comes. 
Author: Nigella Lucy Lawson
Nationality: English
b. 6 January 1960
  
 Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England. 
Author: Sir Thomas Malory
Nationality: English
b. December 1405  - d. 14 March 1471
  
 Ireland and England are like two sisters; I would have them embrace like one brother. 
Author: Boyle Roche
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1736  - d. 5 June 1807
  
 Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 When England and America shall have braced the policy of free industry the whole fabric of monopoly the world over will totter to its fall. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 On the part of Somerset, the case which we gave notice should be decided, this day, the Court now proceeds to give its opinion. The state of slavery is of such a nature, that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political; but only positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons, occasion, and time itself from whence it was created, is erased from memory: it's so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it but positive law. Whatever inconveniences, therefore, may follow from a decision, I cannot say this case is allowed or approved by the law of England; and therefore the black must be discharged. 
Author: Lord William Murray Mansfield
Nationality: English
b. 2 March 1705  - d. 20 March 1793
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 If any person had told the Parliament which met in terror and perplexity after the crash of 1720 that in 1830 the wealth of England would surpass all their wildest dreams, that the annual revenue would equal the principal of that debt which they considered an intolerable burden, that for one man of £10,000 then living there would be five men of £50,000, that London would be twice as large and twice as populous, and that nevertheless the rate of mortality would have diminished to one half of what it then was, that the post-office would bring more into the exchequer than the excise and customs had brought in together under Charles II, that stage coaches would run from London to York in 24 hours, that men would be in the habit of sailing without wind, and would be beginning to ride without horses, our ancestors would have given as much credit to the prediction as they gave to Gulliver's Travels. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 Such night in England ne'er had been, nor ne'er again shall be. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 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. 
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1887  - d. 15 May 1976
  
 What have I done for you, England, my England? What is there I would not do, England my own? 
Author: William Ernest Henley
Nationality: English
b. 23 August 1849  - d. 11 July 1903
  
 The history of England, who has always dealt most harshly with her vanquished foe in the few European wars in which she has taken part in modern times, gives us Germans an idea of the fate in store for us if defeated. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 Mr. Chamberlain desires to avert the threat to England's peace by making England, in alliance with Germany, stronger than her rivals and so to force them to renounce their hostile intentions against her. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 Coffee in England is just toasted milk. 
Author: Christopher Fry
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1907  - d. 30 June 2005
  
 England needs, examples of people who, leaving Heaven to decide whether they are to rise in the world, decide for themselves that they will be happy in it, and have resolved to seek, not greater wealth, but simpler pleasures; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity; making the first of possessions self-possession, and honouring themselves in the harmless pride and calm pursuits of peace. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 On the Continent, the day is saved by the fact that the plutocracy tends to become more and more Jewish. Here the intellectual cynicism of the Jew almost counterbalances his social unpleasantness. If he is destined to lead the plutocracy of the world out of Little Bethel he will fail, of course, to turn it into an aristocracy--i. e., a caste of gentlemen - but he will at least make it clever, and hence worthy of consideration. The case against the Jews is long and damning; it would justify ten thousand times as many pogroms as now go on in the world. But whenever you find a Davidsbündlerschaft making practise against the Philistines, there you will find a Jew laying on. Maybe it was this fact that caused Nietzsche to speak up for the children of Israel quite as often as he spoke against them. He was not blind to their faults, but when he set them beside Christians he could not deny their general superiority. Perhaps in America and England, as on the Continent, the increasing Jewishness of the plutocracy, while cutting it off from all chance of ever developing into an aristocracy, will yet lift it to such a dignity that it will at least deserve a certain grudging respect. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 As to politics, we were like the rest of the country people in England; that is to say, we neither knew nor thought any thing about the matter. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 I think that will be the next thing to happen. It will happen with an Asian guy before it happens with a black guy. I don't know why that is, but English politics is just so overly white. It's very much about the class structure. And particularly with the Labour Party being like it is. New Labour now. It's so upper class, really. I mean you can't criticize people for being born upper class, but that does seem to be the trend, and you just really feel you need somebody to go in and really shake things up. The thing is this is what my generation in England misses in politics and what America has just gained through this fantastic man, Barack Obama." 
Author: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Nationality: English
b. 23 July 1989
  
 I know - right?' That phrase and its little rhythm there is very American and not really used in England. I've started saying that and people are picking up on it when they come over. 
Author: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Nationality: English
b. 23 July 1989
  
 Y'all are so cute and y'all talk so proper over here. I love England. 
Author: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
Nationality: American
b. 4 September 1981
  
 A village in a country which is taking pains to become altogether standardized and pure, which aspires to succeed Victorian England as the chief mediocrity of the world, is no longer merely provincial, no longer downy and restful in its leaf-shadowed ignorance. It is a force seeking to conquer the earth. Sure of itself, it bullies other civilizations, as a traveling salesman in a brown derby conquers the wisdom of China and tacks advertisements of cigarettes over arches for centuries dedicate to the sayings of Confucius. Such a society functions admirably in the production of cheap automobiles, dollar watches, and safety razors. But it is not satisfied until the entire world also admits that the end and joyous purpose of living is to ride in flivvers, to make advertising-pictures of dollar watches, and in the twilight to sit talking not of love and courage but of the convenience of safety razors. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. 
Author: Laurence Binyon
Nationality: English
b. 10 August 1869  - d. 10 March 1943
  
 I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless. 
Author: Jane Fonda
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1937
  
 They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England's foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night; As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain. 
Author: Laurence Binyon
Nationality: English
b. 10 August 1869  - d. 10 March 1943
  
 His was a life which lacked, perhaps, the sublimer emotions which raised Man to the level of the gods, but it was undeniably an extremely happy one. He never experienced the thrill of ambition fulfilled, but, on the other hand, he never knew the agony of ambition frustrated. His name, when he died, would not live for ever in England's annals; he was spared the pain of worrying about this by the fact that he had no desire to live for ever in England's annals. He was possibly as nearly contented a human being can be in this century of alarms and excursions. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Even, under such circumstances, a commoner of England, tried before a jury of Lords, would have far less cause to complain than should I, a woman, tried before a jury of men. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Never in England I was given any chance... I'm better than Judi Dench, much much better and I'm afraid taller! 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 A psychiatrist today has the power to (1) take a fancy to a woman (2) lead her to take wild treatment as a joke (3) drug and shock her to temporary insanity (4) incarnate her (5) use her sexually (6) sterilise her to prevent conception (7) kill her by a brain operation to prevent disclosure. And all with no fear of reprisal. Yet it is rape and murder... We want at least one bad mark on every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more than one... This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The United States can tell you all about what's wrong with the British, to say nothing of the Russians. 
Author: Arthur Hays Sulzberger
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1891  - d. 11 December 1968
  
 Nobody's wrong but England - and England's always wrong, Too late - or else too early - too soft - or else too strong. And when for once the wide world begins to praise her name Her own sons crowd and hurry to shout her back to shame. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 Britain is a nation that may be justly called a republic, disguised under the form of a monarchy. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I went to church and I believed in God - what a relief for a working-class mother. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Growing up where I did, Mums didn't hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn't go to jail. So bring them up believeing in God and they'll be good and law-abiding. It's a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are Godfearing Christians, 75 percent of prisoners are Godfearing Christians. Ten percent of Americans are Atheists, 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 It was altogether a very jolly life that I led in Ireland. The Irish people did not murder me, nor did they even break my head. I soon found them to be good-humoured, clever – the working classes very much more intelligent than those of England – economical and hospitable. 
Author: Anthony Trollope
Nationality: English
b. 24 April 1815  - d. 06 December 1882
  
 There is one compromise and one only, and that is the United Nations. If the United States and Britain go to the United Nations and the United Nations says we have concrete evidence of the existence of these weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we feel that we must do something about it, we would all support it. There is no doubt that the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like. And of course we must consider the men and the women around the president. Gen. Colin Powell commanded the United States army in peacetime and in wartime during the Gulf war. He knows the disastrous effect of international tension and war, when innocent people are going to die, young men are going to die. He knows and he showed this after September 11 last year. He went around briefing the allies of the United States of America and asking for their support for the war in Afghanistan. Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, they are people who are unfortunately misleading the president. Because my impression of the president is that this is a man with whom you can do business. But it is the men who around him who are dinosaurs, who do not want him to belong to the modern age. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 The Prime Minister of Britain Tony Blair is the foreign minister of the United States. He is no longer Prime Minister of Britain. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 The US leader and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, are undermining the UN. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 England is a nation of shopkeepers. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 That is of course rather painful for those involved. One should not as a rule reveal one's secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Berndt handed in a plan for the occultist propaganda to be carried on by us. We are getting somewhere. The Americans and English fall easily to this kind of propaganda. We are therefore pressing into service all star witnesses of occult prophecy. Nostradamus must once again submit to being quoted. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white! 
Author: Eric Clapton
Nationality: English
b. 30 March 1945
  
 As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 And we think that our citizens and yours would be very angry if they thought that we hadn't taken every possible step for prevention and then for joint action in the likelihood of those who threaten our lives and our well- being, taking action at the same time. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 But any perception of this application being speeded up requires me to take responsibility. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I did not in late November start the plethora of linking my private life with public events again. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I don't think anyone can say I have said one thing in public and done another in private. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I have always been honest about my recollection of events. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I have built my reputation on honesty, I have sometimes been too honest. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I have never tried to fiddle my role as leader of the city of Sheffield, as an MP or as a minister. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I love the walk although my security team weren't too sure to begin with but I was anxious to be able to lead a near normal life. Whilst walking I do get the chance to meet people and keep in touch. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 I said it's impossible to have an amnesty without ID cards and a clean database, because you firstly don't have any incentives for people to actually come up front and register, and make themselves available, and secondly you have no means of tracking them. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 It would be dangerous territory if I wasn't practising what I preach which is to always accept responsibility, always accept the consequences of your actions. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 Judy, we think that since the 11th of September, 2001, we've faced a similar heightened threat level. And we've been enhancing both the exchange of intelligence and security information and the assessment of that information, because that's the crucial element. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 Strengthening our identity is one way or reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 That is why with enormous regret I have tendered my resignation to the prime minister today. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 When I'm in London I do have the convenience of being close to St James Park which is also good for me because it gives me an excuse to get out and get some much needed exercise! 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 Yes, it will go through the disciplines that all puppies go through including house training and puppy walking, then at twelve months old it the training becomes a lot more rigorous which has to be done carefully, otherwise you are in danger of stressing the dog. 
Author: David Blunkett
Nationality: British
b. 06 June 1947
  
 We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan's self-preservation and the stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement. But now the war has lasted for nearly four years. Despite the best that has been done by everyone — the gallant fighting of the military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of Our servants of the State, and the devoted service of Our one hundred million people — the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest. Moreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should We continue to fight, not only would it result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization. Such being the case, how are We to save the millions of Our subjects, or to atone Ourselves before the hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors? This is the reason why We have ordered the acceptance of the provisions of the Joint Declaration of the Powers. 
Author: Emperor Hirohito
Nationality: Japanese
b. 29 April 1901  - d. 07 January 1989
  
 My lords, the law of nature moves me to sorrow for my sister; the burden that is fallen upon me makes me amazed, and yet, considering I am God's creature, ordained to obey His appointment, I will thereto yield, desiring from the bottom of my heart that I may have assistance of His grace to be the minister of His heavenly will in this office now committed to me. And as I am but one body naturally considered, though by His permission a body politic to govern, so shall I desire you all...to be assistant to me, that I with my ruling and you with your service may make a good account to Almighty God and leave some comfort to our posterity on earth. I mean to direct all my actions by good advice and counsel. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 We could never have imagined (had we not seen it fall out in experience) that a man raised up by ourself and extraordinarily favoured by us, above any other subject of this land, would have in so contemptible a sort broken our commandment in a cause that so greatly touches us in honour. And therefore our express pleasure and commandment is that, all delays and excuses laid apart, you do presently upon the duty of your allegiance obey and fulfill whatsoever the bearer hereof shall direct you to do in our name. Whereof fail you not, as you will answer the contrary at your utmost peril. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 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. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Semper eadem" or "always the same". 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Kings were wont to honour philosophers, but if I had such I would honour them as angels that should have such piety in them that they would not seek where they are the second to be the first, and where the third to be the second and so forth. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Though I be a woman yet I have as good a courage answerable to my place as ever my father had. I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the Realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 I will make you shorter by the head. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 The use of the sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession thereof. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love and yet am forced to seem to hate, I do, yet dare not say I ever meant, I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 My care is like my shadow in the sun, Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it, Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done. His too familiar care doth make me rue it. No means I find to rid him from my breast, Till by the end of things it be supprest. Some gentler passion slide into my mind, For I am soft and made of melting snow; Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind. Let me or float or sink, be high or low. Or let me live with some more sweet content, Or die and so forget what love ere meant. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Must is not a word to be used to princes! Little man, little man, if your late father were here he would never dare utter such a word. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 God may forgive you, but I never can. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 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. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 By your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my Crown, that I have reigned with your loves. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 I do not so much rejoice that God hath made me to be a Queen, as to be a Queen over so thankful a people. Therefore I have cause to wish nothing more than to content the subject and that is a duty which I owe. Neither do I desire to live longer days than I may see your prosperity and that is my only desire. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 I know the title of a King is a glorious title, but assure yourself that the shining glory of princely authority hath not so dazzled the eyes of our understanding, but that we well know and remember that we also are to yield an account of our actions before the great judge. To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 There will never Queen sit in my seat with more zeal to my country, care to my subjects and that will sooner with willingness venture her life for your good and safety than myself. For it is my desire to live nor reign no longer than my life and reign shall be for your good. And though you have had, and may have, many princes more mighty and wise sitting in this seat, yet you never had nor shall have, any that will be more careful and loving. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth I
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1533  - d. 24 March 1603
  
 Oliver Cromwell can kiss my singing emerald scrotum! 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I will not talk of non-intervention, for it is not an English word. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 I therefore fearlessly challenge the verdict which this House, as representing a political, a commercial, a constitutional country, is to give on the question now brought before it; whether the principles on which the foreign policy of Her Majesty's government has been conducted, and the sense of duty which has led us to think ourselves bound to afford protection to our fellow subjects abroad, are proper and fitting guides for those who are charged with the government of England; and whether, as the Roman, in days of old, held himself free from indignity when he could say Civis Romanus sum; so also a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him against injustice and wrong. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 The Beer Shops licensed to have the Beer drunk on the Premises, are a Pest to the Community. They are Haunts of Thieves and Schools for Prostitutes. they demoralize the lower Classes. I wish you would turn your mind to consider Whether this Evil could not be abated. That Beer should be sold like anything Else, to be taken away by the Purchaser to be consumed at Home is most reasonable and the more People are enabled so to supply the labouring Classes the better, but the words “licensed to be drunk on the Premises” are by the common People interpreted as applicable to the Customers as well as to the Liquor, and well do they avail themselves of the License. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 I have watched the French Emperor narrowly, and have studied his character and conduct. You may rely upon it that, at the bottom of his heart, there rankles a deep and inextinguishable desire to humble and punish England, and to avenge, if he can, the many humiliations - political, naval and military - which, since the beginning of this century, England has by herself and her allies inflicted upon France. He has sufficiently organised his military means; he is now stealthily but steadily organising his naval means; and when all is ready, the overture will be played, the curtain will draw up, and we shall have a very disagreeable melodrama. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 My dear John Russell, Till lately I had strong confidence in the fair intentions of Napoleon towards England, but of late I have begun to feel great distrust and to suspect that his formerly declared intention of avenging Waterloo has only lain dormant and has not died away. He seems to have thought that he ought to lay his foundation by beating with our aid or with our concurrence, or our neutrality first Russia and then Austria: and by dealing with them generously to make them his friends and in any subsequent quarrel with us. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Our interests require that Egypt should remain what it is, an integral part of the Turkish empire. We do not want it or wish it for ourselves, any more than any rational man with an estate in the North of England and a residence in the South would have wished to possess the inns on the North Road. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 It is quite clear that if by sudden attack by an Enemy landed in strength our Dock-yards were to be destroyed our Maritime Power would for more than half a century be paralysed, and our Colonies, our commerce, and the Subsistence of a large Part of our Population would be at the Mercy of our Enemy, who would be sure to shew us no Mercy - we should be reduced to the Rank of a third Rate Power if no worse happened to us. That such a Landing is in the present State of Things possible must be manifest. No Naval Force of ours can effectually prevent it. Blockades of a hostile Port are no longer possible as of yore. The blockading squadron must be under sail because there would be no means of supplying it with Coal enough to be always steaming, while the out-rushing Fleet would come steaming on with great advantage and might choose its moment when an on shore wind had compelled the Blockaders to haul off. One night is enough for the Passage to our Coast, and Twenty Thousand men might be landed at any Point before our Fleet knew that the Enemy was out of Harbour. There could be no security against the simultaneous Landing of 20,000 for Portsmouth 20,000 for Plymouth and 20,000 for Ireland our Troops would necessarily be scattered about the United Kingdom, and with Portsmouth and Plymouth as they now are those Two dock yards and all they contain would be entered and burnt before Twenty Thousand Men could be brought together to defend either of them. Now the use of Fortifications is to establish for a certain number of Days 21 to 30 an Equation between a smaller inside and a larger force outside, and thus to give time for a relieving Force to arrive. This in our Case would just make the difference between safety and Destruction. But if these defensive works are necessary, it is manifest that they ought to be made with the least possible delay; to spread their Completion over 20 or 30 years would be Folly unless we could come to an agreement with a chivalrous Antagonist, not to molest us till we could inform him we were quite ready to repel his attack - we are told that these works might, if money were forthcoming be finished possibly in three at latest in four years. Long enough this to be kept in a State of imperfect Defence. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 To fortify London by works is impossible - London must be defended by an army in the Field, and by one or more Battles, - one I trust would be sufficient; but for this Purpose we must be able to concentrate in the Field the largest possible Military Force. in order to do so we must have the means of defending our Naval arsenals with the smallest possible Military Force, and this can be accomplished only by Fortifications which enable a small Force to resist a larger one. thence it is demonstrable that to fortify our Dockyards is to assist the Defence of London. As to Time we have no time to lose. I deeply regret that various circumstances have so long delayed proposing the Measure to Parliament, but it would be a Breach of our public Duty to put it off to another year. There may be some Persons in the House of Commons with peculiar notions on things in General and with very imperfect notions as to our National Interest who will object to the proposed Measures, but I cannot bring myself to believe that the Majority of the present House of Commons, or the House of Commons that would be elected on an appeal on this Question to the People of the Country would refuse to sanction Measures so indispensably necessary. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 I am heartily glad that Elgin and Grant determined to burn down the Summer Palace and that "the blackness of ashes shall mark where it stood". It was absolutely necessary to stamp by some such permanent record our indignation at the treachery and brutality of these Tartars, for Chinese they are not. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 It is in the highest degree likely that the North will not be able to subdue the south, and it is no doubt certain that if the Southern union is established as an independent state it would afford a valuable and extensive market for British manufactures but the operations of the war have as yet been too indecisive to warrant an acknowledgement of the southern union. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Great Britain is in a better state than at any former time to inflict a severe blow upon and to read a lesson to the United States which will not soon be forgotten. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 It is difficult not to come to the conclusion that the rabid hatred of England which animates the exiled Irishmen who direct almost all the Northern newspapers, will so excite the masses as to make it impossible for Lincoln and Seward to grant our demands; and we must therefore look forward to war as the probable result. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 It would be very delightful if your Utopia could be realized and if the nations of the earth would think of nothing but peace and commerce, and would give up quarrelling and fighting altogether. But unfortunately man is a fighting and quarrelling animal; and that this is human nature is proved by the fact that republics, where the masses govern are far more quarrelsome, and more addicted to fighting, than monarchies, which are governed by comparatively few persons. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 As to the American [Civil] War it has manifestly ceased to have any attainable object as far as the Northerns are concerned, except to get rid of some more thousand troublesome Irish and Germans. It must be owned, however, that the Anglo-Saxon race on both sides have shown courage and endurance highly honourable to their stock. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Nothing is so difficult to change as the traditional habits of a free people in regard to such things. Such changes may be easily made in despotic countries like Russia, or in countries where notwithstanding theoretical freedom the government and the police are all powerful as in France. Can you expect that the people of the United Kingdom will cast aside all the names of space and weight and capacity which they learnt from their infancy and all of a sudden adopt an unmeaning jargon of barbarous words representing ideas and things new to their minds. It seems to me to be a dream of pedantic theorists. I see no use however in attempting to Frenchify the English nation, and you may be quite sure that the English nation will not consent to be Frenchified. There are many conceited men who think that they have given an unanswerable argument in favour of any measure they may propose by merely saying that it has been adopted by the French. I own that I am not of that school, and I think the French have much to gain by imitating us than we have to gain by imitating them. The fact is there are a certain set of very vain men like Ewart and Cobden who not finding in things as they are here, the prominence of position to which they aspire, think that they gain a step by oversetting any of our arrangements great or small and by holding up some foreign country as an object of imitation. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 I have read your speech and I must frankly say, with much regret as there is little in it that I can agree with, and much from which I differ. You lay down broadly the Doctrine of Universal Suffrage which I can never accept. I intirely deny that every sane and not disqualified man has a moral right to a vote - I use that Expression instead of “The Pale of the Constitution”, because I hold that all who enjoy the Security and Civil Rights which the Constitution provides are within its Pale. What every Man and Woman too have a Right to, is to be well governed and under just Laws, and they who propose a change ought to shew that the present organization does not accomplish those objects. If every Man has a Right to have his Share in chusing those who make Laws, why should he not have a right to express his own opinion on Laws to be made. You did not pronounce an opinion in Favor of a specified Franchise, but is there any essential Difference between naming a Six Pound Franchise, and naming the additional numbers which a Six Pound Franchise was calculated to admit. I am not going to perform the Duty which Whiteside...ingly assigned to me, of answering your Speech but if you will not take it amiss, I would say, that it was more like the Sort of Speech with which Bright would have introduced the Reform Bill which he would like to propose than the Sort of Speech which might have been expected from the Treasury bench in the present State of Things. Your Speech may win Lancashire for you, though that is doubtful but I fear it will tend to lose England for you. It is to be regretted that you should, as you stated, have taken the opportunity of your receiving a Deputation of working men, to exhort them to set on Foot an Agitation for Parliamentary Reform - The Function of a Government is to calm rather than to excite Agitation. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 The Truth is that a vote is not a Right but a Trust. All the Nation cannot by Possibility be brought together to vote and therefore a Selected few are appointed by Law to perform this Function for the Rest and the Publicity attached to the Performance of this Trust is a Security that it will be responsibly performed. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 As to the notion that the Brazilian nation see the criminality of slave trade and have for ever abjured it such a notion is too childish for a grown man really to entertain, however it may suit the Brazilians to endeavour to make it accepted. The plain truth is that the Portuguese are of all European nations the lowest in the moral state and the Brazilians are degenerate Portuguese, demoralized by slavery and slave trade, and all the degrading and corrupting influences connected with both. I have laboured indefatigably all the time I was at the Foreign Office to put an end to the slave trade, and though not with entire at all events with some considerable success and nothing shall induce me to load my conscience with the guilt of having been a party to promoting its revival. I am afraid Bright has been at you upon these Brazilian matters. He has always professed great horror of slave trade and has invariably opposed the employment of any and every means by which it could be made to cease. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Mackieson gave me the other day a buffalo hide whip from Africa called in those regions a Peace Maker and used as such in the households of chieftains. Our Peace Makers are our Armstrongs and Whitworths and our engineers. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 I beg to propose to you that toast which is the first to which honour is done in every society of Englishmen, I mean "the Health of Her Majesty the Queen" — a toast which embodies the expression of that which is the deepest and warmest feeling of every Englishman. It could not be expected that man would pursue with diligence and success the pursuits of industry if he were not assured that he would reap in security the fruits which that industry might produce, and I am happy to say that our Army, our Navy, our Militia, and our Volunteers do afford to the people of these realms that security which human arrangements can provide for them. We are happily now at peace with all foreign Powers; but the continuance of that peace is not likely to be less certain when it is known to all foreign nations that the Army, the Navy, the Militia, and the Volunteers of England are in a state of perfect efficiency, and ready if called upon to defend the interests and to maintain the honour and dignity of their country against all who might think fit to assail them. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Lord Palmerston: Then you did not vote for me, friend Rowcliffe; you preferred voting for a Tory. William Rowcliffe: I did not vote for you, my Lord, for if I had, I should have voted for a Tory. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Russia will in due time become a power almost as great as the old Roman Empire. She can become mistress of all Asia, except British India, whenever she chooses to take it; and when enlightened arrangements shall have made her revenue proportioned to her territory, and railways shall have abridged distances her command of men will become enormous, her pecuniary means gigantic, and her power of transporting armies over great distances most formidable. Germany ought to be strong in order to resist Russian aggression, and a strong Prussia is essential to German strength. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 The American assault on Ireland under the name of Fenianism may be now held to have failed, but the snake is only scotched and not killed. It is far from from impossible that the American conspirators may try and obtain in our North American provinces compensation for their defeat in Ireland. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 A Frenchman, thinking to be highly complimentary, said to Palmerston: If I were not a Frenchman, I should wish to be an Englishman. To which Palmerston replied: If I were not an Englishman, I should wish to be an Englishman. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 We cannot, with good conscience, expect the British to set up an orderly schedule for the liberation of India before we have decided for ourselves to make all who live in America free. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 We must honestly face our relationship with Great Britain. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 Wit can be beautiful, because it expresses and distills an idea. 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  




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