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“You Englishmen,’ said Herr Writer. ‘You are all the same. Wherever you are you behave as if you were at home and your word was law.”

@Derek Raymond

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“Any Englishman would be extremely proud to be the England manager.”

@Steve Bruce

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“Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.”

@eorge Bernard Shaw

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“This could have occurred nowhere but in England, where men and sea interpenetrate, so to speak—the sea entering into the life of most men, and the men knowing something or everything about the sea, in the way of amusement, of travel, or of bread-winning.”

@Joseph Conrad

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“Laurel and Hardy have this love relationship. Why? This little Englishman screwed Hardy up, physically, every day of his life! Why is he with him the next day? It’s forgiving.”

@Bob Einstein

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“Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don’t you wish you could have something named after you?”

@Kurt Vonnegut

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“Old Campion had once said he believed – he positively believed, with shudders – that Christopher desired to live in the spirit of Christ. That had seemed horrible to the general, but Mark did not see that it was horrible, per se… He doubted, however, whether Christ would have refused to manage Groby had it been his job. Christ was sort of an Englishman and Englishmen did not as rule refuse their jobs… They had not used to; now no doubt they did.”

@Ford Madox Ford

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“England is the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career.”

@Conor Coady

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“There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side, he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman. And then he had this kind of romantic side to him. I think being true to both sides of your nature is important.”

@John Boorman

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“The word most consistently used to describe Kim Philby was “charm”, that intoxicating, beguiling and occasionally lethal English quality.”

@Ben Macintyre

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The Englishman The Alchemist

“The last thing an Englishman wants to hear is a man from Brussels trying to imitate his language – you want to hear a different point of view. You may not be able to understand the details, but you can understand the feeling.”

@Stromae

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“How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowledge that he is happy.”

@William Makepeace Thackeray

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“For a long moment, while Brock stood off observing them, Ned and Barley appraised one another as only Englishmen can who are of the same height and class and shape of head.”

@John le Carré

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“As an American married to an Englishman and living in France, I’ve spent much of my adult life trying to decode the rules of conversation in three countries. Paradoxically, these rules are almost always unspoken.”

@Pamela Druckerman

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“In these latter days, knighthood was an honor few Englishmen escaped.”

@Arthur C. Clarke

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“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes, there had crept a look of furtive shame the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.”

@P.G. Wodehouse

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“I’m a proud Brit and a proud Englishman.”

@Michael Bisping

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“Englishmen are so odd. They are like a nest of Chinese boxes. It takes a very long time to get to the centre of them. When one gets there the result is unrewarding, but the process is instructive and entertaining.”

@Ian Fleming

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“You can be an American or an Englishman or Canadian and be a Parisian. It’s a very admirable culture, and people want to identify with it.”

@Whit Stillman

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“An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.”

@George Mikes

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“He was just one of those Englishmen who was always saying silly things to sound less pompous, and pompous things to sound less silly.”

@Edward St. Aubyn

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“What is a seemingly conservative Englishman doing, leading the world in the mastery of a classically Spanish instrument? Debussy wrote some of the best Spanish music, and the only time he was ever in the country, he saw a bullfight which made him ill.”

@Julian Bream

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“He was just one of those Englishmen who was always saying silly things to sound less pompous, and pompous things to sound less silly.”

@Edward St. Aubyn

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“An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“Jimmy Anderson deserves everything he gets, and even though he is an Englishman I will be delighted for him when he goes past my record and becomes the most prolific fast bowler in Test history.”

@Glenn McGrath

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“It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.”

@Samuel Johnson

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“I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London. However, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country.”

@Declan Rice

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“An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.”

@A. J. Liebling

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“Y en el asedio de La Mámora del año 1628, cuando los moros intentaron tomarnos aquella plaza, quienes cavaban las trincheras y dirigían las obras de asedio eran gastadores ingleses. Que a los hijos de puta, como es sabido, Dios los cría y ellos se juntan”

@Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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“I’m a Jew. I think of myself as a Jew first and Englishman second.”

@Patrick Marber

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“There’s always some smart ass Englishmen coming over here and telling us we’re mean and vulgar. I agree. But they showed their hand way back during the Irish Potato Famine as instinctual Nazis.”

@Jim Harrison

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“I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and have lived in Britain every since.”

@Anne Stevenson

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“We shot the first season of ‘Hap and Leonard’ towards the end of the summer in Louisiana, in and around Baton Rouge. If anyone’s been to Louisiana or comes from Louisiana, they know what the weather’s like down there at that time of year: it’s unbearably hot for an Englishman.”

@James Purefoy

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“Not all Englishmen are homosexual.”

@Frédéric Martel‏

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“I love the English spirit because when I was a player, I was an Englishman: I was fighting, and you had to kill me if you wanted to win.”

@Claudio Ranieri

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“Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.”

@Cecil Rhodes

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“He had known Wind for much of his life; like many male English friendships it was based on faint disdain mixed with longevity.”

@Ian Pears

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“‘Notting Hill?’ Does that poke fun at being British? Maybe it does. In ‘Mickey Blue Eyes,’ that’s kind of the point: the clash of worlds, the unlikely combo of a respectable Englishman and a mob guy. If you take out the Britishness, you don’t really have much.”

@Hugh Grant

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“There comes a moment for all of us when our childhood ceases to be an excuse. In your case, I would say that, as with many English, the moment is somewhat delayed.”

@John le Carré

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“Or a White Englishman would rather smash a White Frenchman than a Jew! Crazy!”

@Tom Metzger

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“I can be described as many things, but no description of me is complete without saying ‘Englishman.’ My parents were from Liverpool and emigrated to Canada before I was born.”

@Mike Myers

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“Really, it was my fickleness, I sometimes think, that they found unendurable. If I had restricted myself to only one of their sweet girls, and married her, and chewed her neck in private, I suppose I might, like any eccentric cousin, have been made almost welcome among family and friends in the circle of the hearth. But perhaps I misjudge what degree of eccentricity even an Englishman can tolerate.”

@Fred Saberhagen

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“I’m an Englishman who did a film on Mogadishu, ‘Black Hawk Down.'”

@Ridley Scott

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“I sound like an Englishman impersonating an American impersonating an Englishman.”

@Billie Joe Armstrong

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“The typical English painting is narrative in character. The English are a nation of diarists.”

@Neville Weston

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“An Englishman bears with patience any ridicule which foreigners cast upon him. John Bull never laughs so loudly as when he laughs at himself, but the Americans are nationally sensitive and cannot endure that good-humoured raillery which jests at their weaknesses and foibles.”

@Isabella Bird

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“I should add that there are undoubtedly charming Englishmen; I have often met them. But they are rarely our fellow-guests at hotels.”

@Guy de Maupassant

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“What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“I remember when I saw ‘X-Men’ the first time, I was living in England as an exchange student, and my first boyfriend, who’s an Englishman, made me watch the movie… He was very jealous that I liked Hugh Jackman so much.”

@Tao Okamoto

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“Haydon was more than his model, he was his inspiration, the torch-bearer of a certain kind of English calling which – for the very reason that it was vague and understated and elusive – had made sense of Guillam’s life till now.”

@John le Carré

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“A true Englishman doesn’t joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.”

@Jules Verne

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“Making the City Of Joy gave me the best political education of my life. It became a wrestling match between an Englishman who had gradually ceased to be a Marxist and a culture that was becoming more Marxist by the day.”

@Roland Joffe

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“And that continued for quite a while until the adventurer admitted that it IS an accepted fact among monsters and giants of all stripes that Englishmen are delicious.”

@Christopher Moore

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“The best-dressed man is an Italian who is trying to look English or an Englishman who is trying to look Italian.”

@Diane von Furstenberg

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“In my time first cousins did not meet like strangers. But we are learning modesty from the Americans, and old English ways are too gross for us.”

@Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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“The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.”

@Alexis de Tocqueville

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“I love the sad songs with their maudlin, self-deprecating, almost funny lyrics. As an Englishman, they make a lot of sense.”

@Teddy Thompson

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“New Englanders began the Revolution not to institute reforms and changes in the order of things, but to save the institutions and customs that already had become old and venerable with them; and were new only to a few stupid Englishmen a hundred and fifty years behind the times.”

@Edward Pearson Pressey

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“An Englishman’s never so natural as when he’s holding his tongue.”

@Henry James

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“The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy.”

@Louis Kronenberger

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“Englishmen rarely cry, except under the pressure of the acutest grief; whereas in some parts of the Continent the men shed tears much more readily and freely.”

@Charles Darwin

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“The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here.”

@Kabir Bedi

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“Englishmen were rained on too often to come up with anything that imaginative.”

@Natasha Pulley

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“There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it, but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle.”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“That is why I come forward tonight without any political label, without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you: a crime is being committed against civilization.”

@John Amery

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“that Englishman who came to challenge me three or four months ago, and whom I killed to stop him bothering me”

@Alexandre Dumas

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“An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.”

@A. P. Herbert

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“How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“And Englishmen like posing as gods.”

@E.M. Forster

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“Listeners will wonder what an Englishman is doing on the German radio tonight. You can imagine that before taking this step I hoped that someone better qualified than me would come forward.”

@John Amery

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“He cursed himself for having assumed the weather would be sunny. Perhaps it was the result of evolution, he thought–some adaptive gene that allowed the English to go on making blithe outdoor plans in the face of almost certain rain.”

@Helen Simonson

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“Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.”

@Germaine Greer

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“Whenever I play Shakespeare, I keep thinking, ‘how did this Englishman know so much about me?'”

@John Kani

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“You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer,” said Miss Pross, in her breathing. “Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman.”

@Charles Dickens

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“An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.”

@Robert Falcon Scott

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“Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead.”

@Wilfred Owen

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“You know what the Englishman’s idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.”

@William Butler Yeats

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“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes, there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.”

@P.G. Wodehouse

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“If we have our own why of life, we shall get along with almost any how. Man does not strive for pleasure; only the Englishman does.”

@Friedrich Nietzsche

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“The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy.”

@Louis Kronenberger

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“The very phrase ‘foreign affairs’ makes an Englishman convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.”

@Benjamin Disraeli

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“I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman, and I don’t ever want to be one. I am a Scotsman! I was a Scotsman and I will always be one.”

@Sean Connery

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“If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow.”

@Napoleon

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“An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.”

@George Mikes

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“Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort of thanks do we get for it?”

@Henry Lawson

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“It’s a funny thing when you finally have an excuse to get all of your favorite people from all corners of the globe together in one room for my wedding. Other than saying ‘I do’ to my hunky Englishman, that is the thing I am most excited about!”

@Brooke Baldwin

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“It is not against reason said the Englishman to prefer the destruction of the world to a scratch on your finger how much easier to understand the same price for the gash in your soul.”

@Paul Hoffman

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“It is an Englishman who turns out to be the real villain of ‘The Moonstone.’ By contrast, the three Indian priests who dedicate their lives to returning the jewel to its proper home in the temple, though they have nothing personal to gain by doing so, are positively heroic.”

@Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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“I remember when I first came to America, nobody had a clue what a black Englishman was. I was either South African or Australian to them.”

@Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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“A blaspheming Frenchman is a spectacle more pleasing to the Lord than a praying Englishman.”

@Heinrich Heine

“In this case, it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle-class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me.”

@Colin Firth

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“Every Englishman abroad until it is proved to the contrary likes to consider himself a traveller and not a tourist.”

@Evelyn Waugh

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“Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony.”

@Fidel Castro

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“The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose.”

@A. P. Herbert

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“The liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman.”

@Junius

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“An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him.”

@Alan Jay Lerner

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“An Englishman, being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion.”

@George Chapman

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“I sound like an Englishman impersonating an American impersonating an Englishman.”

@Billie Joe Armstrong

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“In this case, it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me.”

@Colin Firth

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“If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never!”

@William Pitt

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“The reason why the continental European is to the Englishman or American so surprisingly ignorant of the Bible is that the authorized English version is a great work of literary art and the continental versions are comparatively artless.”

@George Bernard Shaw

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“Life isn’t all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman’s education.”

@Thomas Hughes

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