Quotes Archive

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Condoms made from animal membrane

The Condum being the best, if not only Preservative our Libertines have found out at present; and yet by reason of its blunting the Sensation, I have heard some of them acknowledge, that they had often chose to risk a Clap, rather than engage cum Hastis sic clypeatis [with spears thus sheathed].

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Keep your distance!

A number of porcupines huddled together for warmth on a cold day in winter; but, as they began to prick one another with their quills, they were obliged to disperse. However the cold drove them together again, when just the same thing happened. At last, after many turns of huddling and dispersing,

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Culture is your operating system

Ethnobotanist and hallucinogenic scion Terrence McKenna said in one of his lectures that, “Culture is your operating system.” Through hallucinogenic drugs, McKenna posited, one could shed that operating system for a time and gain union with nature, other humans, and even an ancient mode of thinking which could give us insight into

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I don’t want to be an ant, you know?

When I first read this quote, it stroke me like my feelings exactly about life in the UK. They way people treat you. As if acknowledging your existence with their eyes would have been a major intrusion in your psyche and a major discomfort for theirs… [My bold] Hey. Could we do

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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Wake up Britons!

As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013

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God is an Englishman, probably educated at Eton

God is an Englishman, probably educated at Eton All good women are naturally frigid It is better to be dowdy than smart England is going to rack and ruin (The four elements of the English Creed according to E.M. Delafield)

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There is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman

In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman, and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse-racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true, that almost any English intellectual would feel more

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The descendants of honest thieves will never allow their marbles to be lost

The Mayor said: “Someone urgently needs to restore George Clooney’s marbles. Here he is plugging a film about looted Nazi art without realising that Goring himself had plans to plunder the British Museum. “And where were the Nazis going to send the Elgin marbles? To Athens! This Clooney is advocating nothing less

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Quotes on Britishness

Britishness is a complicated and enormous thing—what different people see as meaning different things. It can mean one island, a group of islands off the coast of Europe, or it can mean the British Empire—at times it means all those things. Politicians, and the rest of us, define it in different ways
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