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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 Favorite0

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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 Favorite0

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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 Favorite0

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The English and schadenfreude

The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves. Martin Amis Favorite0

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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 Favorite0

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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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