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In the English language there are orphans and widows

In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child. Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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You are an Englishman, and have won first prize in the lottery of life

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life. Cecil Rhodes (attributed).

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England has three great things

England has three great things: tea, that comes from India, and Oscar Wilde and me, who are Irishmen. George Bernard Shaw

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Most rigid code of immorality in the world

I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world. Malcolm Bradbury

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Not to be English was for my family so terrible a handicap

Not to be English was for my family so terrible a handicap as almost to place the sufferer in the permanent invalid class. Osbert Lancaster

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We regard Englishmen as mad Norwegians

We do not regard Englishmen as foreigners. We look on them only as rather mad Norwegians. Halvard Lange

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Food in England more dangerous than sex

England is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than sex. Jackie Mason

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An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one. George Mikes

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Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious

Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious. Malcolm Muggeridge

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There is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman

In left-wing circles it is always 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
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