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Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
George Bernard Shaw
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
I often hear them accuse Israel of Judaizing Jerusalem. That's like accusing America of Americanizing Washington, or the British of Anglicizing London. You know why we're called 'Jews'? Because we come from Judea.
All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there.
However British you may be, I am more British still.
The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it's American or British interests involved.
I know the British people and they are not passengers - they are drivers.
I often find myself privately stewing about much British art, thinking that except for their tremendous gardens, that the English are not primarily visual artists, and are, in nearly unsurpassable ways, literary.
My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy of my jokes in a lot of British comics' heads, where they are safe.
The French and the British are such good enemies that they can't resist being friends.
No. I am not a royalist. Not at all. I am definitely a republican in the British sense of the word. I just don't see the use of the monarchy though I'm fierce patriot. I'm proud proud proud of being English, but I think the monarchy symbolizes a lot of what was wrong with the country.
I think what is British about me is my feelings and awareness of others and their situations. English people are always known to be well mannered and cold but we are not cold - we don't interfere in your situation. If we are heartbroken, we don't scream in your face with tears - we go home and cry on our own.
When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.
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.
The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
British aren't really known for their physical loveliness but firemen, generally speaking, are gorgeous.
I'm British - ostensibly British - but I don't know where I really belong, you know?
I thought, If people are going to write about what I'm wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity.
Both my parents are English and came out to Australia in 1967. I was born the following year. My parents, and immigrants like them, were known as '£10 poms.' Back then, the Australian government was trying to get educated British people and Canadians - to be honest, educated white people - to come and live in Australia.
My father was an army champion boxer... in the British army. And so he loved boxing and talked it up as a sport. But then when my brother and I were beating the crap out of each other, he was always trying to tone it down. But I am a fan of boxing.
I was never too keen on the British music press. They've called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
To be able to hold all four majors - the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA - all concurrently I think is the Grand Slam. But a lot of people have a different opinions on that. People think you have to win it in the same calendar year.
My husband doesn't know what my songs are about - even when they're about him. He's very British in that way. He doesn't ask, and he doesn't want to be told.
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.
The American cinema in general always made stories about working-class people; the British rarely did. Any person with my working-class background would be a villain or a comic cipher, usually badly played, and with a rotten accent. There weren't a lot of guys in England for me to look up to.
I've done my share of period stuff. I'm not sure why, but people say I have a period face. The bread and butter of British TV is Jane Austen adaptations and bridges and bonnets and boats and horses.
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