Quotes Archive

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The British do not expect happiness

The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right. Quentin Crisp

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You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine

You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. It is the country with the worst food after Finland. Jacques Chirac

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A dull, decent people

A dull, decent people, cherishing and fortifying their dullness behind a quarter of a million bayonets. George Orwell, Burmese Days

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The English and schadenfreude

The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves. Martin Amis

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I was very grateful that I didn’t do the British stiff upper lip

And so I was very grateful that I didn’t do the British stiff upper lip, but I went straight to a therapist. And she was wonderful and helpful, and I went for about two years. Lynn Redgrave

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Empire built with a Bible in one hand, a pistol in the other

The Germans are called brutal, the Spanish cruel, the Americans superficial, and so on; but we are perfide Albion, the island of hypocrites, the people who have built up an Empire with a Bible in one hand, a pistol in the other, and financial concessions in both pockets. Is the charge true?

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Thatcher simply did not give a shit about people

Thatcher was not a strong or formidable leader. She simply did not give a shit about people, and this coarseness has been neatly transformed into bravery by the British press who are attempting to re-write history in order to protect patriotism. As a result, any opposing view is stifled or ridiculed, whereas
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