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A rascally heap of sand, rock, swamp, called Prince Edward Island, in the horrible gulf of St Lawrence; that lump of worthlessness... bears nothing but potatoes.
William Cobbett (1763-1835)
America is one long expectoration.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
America... where laws and customs alike are based on the dreams of spinsters.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
England and America are two countries divided by a common language.
attr. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
England, the heart of a rabbit in the body of a lion. The jaws of a serpent, in an abode of popinjays.
Eugene Deschamps (14th century) on England
English Fair Play is a fine expression. It justifies the bashing of the puny draper's assistant by the big hairy blacksmith, and this to the perfect satisfaction of both parties, if they are worthy of the name of Englishman.
Joseph Furphy, Australian novelist (1903)
I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen and am obligated to desist from the experiment in despair.
Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
I never saw an American man walk or stand well; they are nearly all hollow chested and round shouldered.
Frances Trollope (1780-1863), British writer
I suppose there is less alms-giving in America than in any other Christian country on the face of the globe. It is not in the temper of the people either to give or to receive.
Frances Trollope (1780-1863)
If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.
General Philip H. Sheridan (1831-88)
In Russia a man is called reactionary if he objects to having his property stolen and his wife and children murdered.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
In unimportant trifles, he deals in the most puerile and endless distinctions, while in matters of utility not to say matters of science, it [the Javanese language] is utterly defective... It wantons in exuberance, when species, varieties and individuals are described - while no skill is displayed in combining and generalising.
John Crawford, orientalist and colonial administrator, on the Javanese language (1820)
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practise either of them.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
It is related of an Englishman that he hanged himself to avoid the daily task of dressing and undressing.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) on the English
Kick all America in the guts: they need it... Spit on every neurotic... All that arty and literary crew, I know them, they are smoking, steaming shits.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) in a letter to Mabel Dodge Luhan on America
Much may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Niagara Falls is simply a vast, unnecessary amount of water going the wrong way and then falling over unnecessary rocks.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Of course, America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
One thing I will say for the Germans, they are always perfectly willing to give somebody else's land to somebody else.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Our nation is divided into two species: the one of idle monkeys who mock at everything; and the other of tigers who tear.
Voltaire (1694-1778) on France

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