arrogance Archive

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Bad people? What kind of bad people?

Bad people? What kind of bad people? Members of the Church of Satan? Insurance salesmen? People who don’t speak English?” Wayne Gerard Trotman, Ashes to Ashes

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Not to be English is hardly regarded as a fatal deficiency even by the English

Still, not to be English is hardly regarded as a fatal deficiency even by the English, though grave enough to warrant sympathy. Beryl Markham, West with the Night

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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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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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This isolation of England comes from her superiority

Whether splendidly isolated or dangerously isolated, I will not now debate; but for my part, I think splendidly isolated, because this isolation of England comes from her superiority. Sir Wilfred Laurier, speech in the Canadian House of Assembly (Feb. 5, 1896)

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There is a marvellous turn and trick to British arrogance

There is a marvellous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual. Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. author. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 14 (1946).
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