British Quotes

Saxon, if you are unfamiliar, is a British heavy-metal band that has been around since the mid-’70s and was in no small part the inspiration for Spinal Tap.

— Adam Schlesinger

In the 1930s, there were so many different conflicts going on between the British, the French, the Russians, the Germans, the Spaniards, the Romanians and so on.

— Alan Furst

The British fans, they are very festive they support their people.

— Andre Ward

A lot of my male vocal influences are British – people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.

— Adam Lambert

Right from the outset, the prevailing mindset in British comics fandom was a radical and progressive one. We were all proto-hippies, and we all thought that comics would be greatly improved if everything was a bit psychedelic like Jim Steranko.

— Alan Moore

I did TV for a bit, and somewhere along the line, I started writing a column for ‘The Independent’ newspaper in England, and now I write features for ‘British Vogue.’

— Alexa Chung

Someday, I’ll make a movie with a British accent.

— Andie MacDowell

I’ve always felt that I was a bit of an outsider to the British children’s-book illustration scene, because I don’t work in line and wash.

— Anthony Browne

My first British film was Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which was a huge international success.

— Anupam Kher

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.

— Arthur Eddington

I worked with Michelle Yeoh on my last film, ‘Far North,’ and her partner is Jean Todt at the time, he ran Ferrari. So I went as a VIP to the British grand prix.

— Asif Kapadia

I think it would be a problem if Hollywood was casting British actors only as villains if that were the case, then certainly there would be cause for concern.

— Alfred Molina

In 1939, Fitzroy Maclean, a gangly Highland aristocrat in his early 30s, was serving as a British diplomat in the U.S.S.R. Disgusted by the Soviet show trials, he quit the Foreign Service and would go on to serve with Tito’s partisans fighting the Germans in Yugoslavia.

— Alistair Horne

Though Barbados has been independent since 1966, its capital, Bridgetown, still has elements of a thriving British colonial port.

— Alistair Horne

In ‘The Hobbit,’ there were British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand actors, and Peter Jackson was adamant that we would all sound like we were from Britain somewhere.

— Aidan Turner

You don’t expect to get the letter saying, Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire! It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.

— Antony Sher

The British fans are very intense, maybe even more so than fans in the U.S.! They’re great.

— Austin Mahone

Californians don’t have that marvelous British cynicism, but then the British can be so patronizing at times.

— Alex Kingston

When I was, like, 10, I decided it would look really cool, so I pretended I was British. And I’ve been doing that ever since.

— Alfred Enoch

In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man, and I put my first band together for one year, named Melody Fair.

— Andy Gibb

The United States can tell you all about what’s wrong with the British, to say nothing of the Russians.

— Arthur Hays Sulzberger

I guess the most surprising discovery was how long Gandhi remained loyal to the ideal of the British Empire, even in India.

— Arthur L. Herman

In 1938, I was given a one-year teaching appointment, which was sensational for British universities. This was converted into the usual four-year contract for an Assistant Lecturer in 1939.

— Arthur Lewis

About 30% of fresh food is thrown away in supermarkets every day, although they will deny it. British households are throwing an estimated 30% of their food away, too.

— Arthur Potts Dawson

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

— Barack Obama

In the British Special Air Service, combat fitness is all about running.

— Bear Grylls

It is unthinkable to have a British countryside that doesn’t have actual functioning farmers riding tractors, cows in fields, things like that.

— Bill Bryson

It would be a sad day if we British stopped being cynical, but you sometimes wonder whether we overdo it.

— Boris Johnson

I’m a huge, huge fan of almost everything British. I love ‘The Office’ – I was a faithful follower of that show before the American version.

— Brad Paisley

When you are suddenly standing in front of a bunch of journalists being asked what it’s like being a British Olympic legend, it’s a bit much to take in.

— Bradley Wiggins

I spent 34 months on the battleship Alabama, South Dakota-class. I was a gun captain. First we went to Russia for about 11 months with the British convoys. Then we were up in Norway and Scandinavia.

— Bob Feller

So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn’t stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries.

— Bernard Cornwell

I’m very excited that my yelling will be featured on the next Evile disc they’re one of my favorite new-ish bands and, in my not-so-humble opinion, the British saviors of thrash metal.

— Brian Posehn

In America, you’re just an American. You’re accepted. It doesn’t matter that you’re of whatever race. If anything, I’m British, and that’s it. So let’s just get on with it, really.

— Benedict Wong

Once, when a British Prime Minister sneezed, men half a world away would blow their noses. Now when a British Prime Minister sneezes nobody else will even say ‘Bless You’.

— Bernard Levin

Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.

— Bill Alexander

I am addicted to ‘Vogue’ magazines, be they French, British – I adore, adore, adore.

— Cat Deeley

I’m getting comfortable with West Coast style, which is more laid-back than British style.

— Cat Deeley

No one could seriously dispute that almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, all of North Africa except Morocco, all of the Middle East except Israel and Jordan and most of the oil-rich states, and the entire former British Indian Empire were better governed by Europeans.

— Conrad Black

I went being unemployed for three years to being the lead in a British feature in the days when we only made two a year, 1990. It was ridiculous really.

— Christopher Eccleston

I wanted to work with Mike Leigh. I had my list of British people I wanted to work with, and I wanted to work with David Lynch and Woody Allen.

— Carmen Ejogo

When I was in England doing Romeo and Juliet as a child star, I was interviewed by the British press, who are even more vicious and cruel than the Americans. So I have been extremely guarded ever since.

— Claire Bloom

My thesis was on kinetics studies with the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase. When that was finished, I was granted a British Council Fellowship to work under the supervision of Malcolm Dixon.

— Cesar Milstein

I discovered that bone china was a British invention, which had been developed by a pottery sited next to a slaughterhouse – ‘bone’ china, of course, contains bones, though we are inclined to forget that.

— Christien Meindertsma

When it comes to the British monarchy, I prefer to be seduced by an image than presented with a real person. It’s kind of a Warhol thing.

— Damien Hirst

The British scene in boxing, not just the heavyweight division, is popping.

— Deontay Wilder

I like ‘The Office.’ I particularly like the British version with Ricky Gervais. Of course, I liked the ‘Seinfeld’ show a lot. I thought that was an awfully good show.

— Dick Van Dyke

When young I did my best to undo that bit of the British Empire I found myself in: that is, old Southern Rhodesia.

— Doris Lessing

The British have slang words, as we do, but it was fun.

— Dennis Farina

Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.

— Duncan Sheik

If these theatres didn’t exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist.

— David Soul

Continental directors, as opposed to British and American, tend to be somewhat high-handed in their approach.

— Donald Pleasence

I’ve always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I’m a little surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.

— Elizabeth Hurley

The attack on the British embassy in Tehran came just days after the Iranian ‘parliament’ voted to expel the British ambassador, and therefore reeks of official complicity.

— Elliott Abrams

I thought, If people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity.

— Emma Watson

It’s very hard to describe your own style. And I’m young, so I’m still experimenting. But I think it’s quite British and very much about individuality.

— Emma Watson

I don’t want a tailor-made approach where the British have the best of two worlds. That will be too big an incentive for others to leave and kill the European idea, which is based on shared responsibilities.

— Emmanuel Macron

If I was British, I would vote resolutely ‘remain’ because it’s in the U.K.’s interest.

— Emmanuel Macron

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.

— Emo Philips

I don’t watch much British television at all. I mean, it’s ironic because I used to work in it for years.

— E. L. James

I’m really inspired by British style, like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

— Emma Roberts

For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations.

— Ernst Zundel

I’m a novelist from the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations of British Columbia, both small coastal reserves hugging the rugged shores of the west coast.

— Eden Robinson

The British merchants represented that they received some profit indeed from Virginia and South Carolina, as well as the West Indies but as for the rest of this continent, they were constant losers in trade.

— Ezra Stiles

So I rang up British Telecom, I said ‘I want to report a nuisance caller’, he said ‘Not you again’.

— Frank Carson

I would like a UK fully engaged in Europe, but I can’t decide in place of the British. I see that for the moment they want to be more in retreat.

— Francois Hollande

I hope Britain stays in the European Union, but I don’t want to decide for the British.

— Francois Hollande

Up the Junction’ went on to inform my love of British social realism. It was the first film I saw of this ilk, a very stark, visceral reflection of England, an England I didn’t necessarily feel a part of but that I knew was out there. You could almost smell the bread and butter and cabbage.

— Gurinder Chadha

Just as the British subject loves England despite her faults, so we must insist that all Germans who were part of the old Germany and helped shape her, recognize the greatness and worthiness of present-day Germany.

— Gustav Stresemann

Radicalism is as British as tea and cakes, as much a part of our make-up as monarchy and football. It will never have its own jubilees, palaces or honours system.

— Geoff Mulgan

England produced Shakespeare, and the British Empire the six-shilling novel.

— George A. Moore

For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.

— Gerry Adams

In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north.

— Gerry Adams

Foreign students add cultural value to their British peers, who need an international outlook.

— Giles Foden

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany.

— Gordon Sinclair

There is no cannibalism in the British navy, absolutely none, and when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount.

— Graham Chapman

When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain, sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles, – but never England.

— George Mikes

That’s my family we have a very British sense of humour, very dry.

— Hannah Simone

I’ve always worked on the fringe of the British press establishment, carving out this niche for myself.

— Heather Brooke

My parents are British but they emigrated to America, where I was born.

— Heather Brooke

I stand on my public record as a defender of the human rights of Muslims, notably my work for Moazzam Begg and other British Muslims detained without trial in Guantanamo Bay.

— Hari Kunzru

Non-conformity has always been one of the great British virtues, and that includes non-conformity to things British.

— Howard Jacobson

The British claim to have a special relationship with the U.S., but if you mention this in Washington, no one knows what you are talking about.

— Helmut Schmidt

The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.

— Ivor Novello

I was born in the city’s general hospital on November 15, 1930, and we lived at 31 Amherst Avenue in the western suburbs. It was a magical place. There were receptions at the French Club, race meetings at the Shanghai Racecourse, and various patriotic gatherings at the British Embassy on the Bund, the city’s glamorous waterfront area.

— J. G. Ballard

I’m not as big a soccer fan as people might imagine, being British.

— Jason Statham

Shakespeare’s language does not require a British accent. It requires a facility with language, and that’s all.

— Joss Whedon

I’m three quarters Scottish, but I sound English. I don’t really see British as a race.

— Joanna Lumley

Let’s turn British inventions into British industries, British factories and British jobs. Let them make pounds for us, not dollars marks or yen for others.

— John Major

The British press are a group of unremitting scumbags. And sometimes they use that scumbaggery to good ends, and often not.

— John Oliver

I’m British, so obviously I repress any powerful emotions of any kind in relation to anything.

— John Oliver

I’m a big fan of British journalists like ‘The Independent’s Robert Fisk, but it’s hard to find voices like his in the U.S.

— Jackson Browne

Ever since the destruction of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258, the Muslim world has been in slow decline relative to the west. With Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt and the creeping British annexation of Muslim India, that decline took on a malign aspect.

— James Buchan

The British, and most European countries, have struggled to accommodate Muslim immigrants, but they have nevertheless welcomed them in large numbers.

— Jay Parini

And I definitely do that very British thing of, take things with a pinch of salt, stiff upper lip, you know what I mean?

— Jessie J

My father’s a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.

— John Hurt

British actors are pretty good, by and large, at turning on at ‘action’ and off at ‘cut.’

— James Purefoy

Further, not only the United States, but the French, British, Germans and the United Nations all thought Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction before the United States intervened.

— Jim Gerlach

During school, I’d advertise cars in the University of British Columbia newspaper.

— Jim Pattison

When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.

— Jamie Bamber

British actors used to be scared of the multi-year options that U.S. TV shows demand. That has changed, because the same is now happening in the U.K.

— Jamie Bamber

It frustrates me that Britain can’t make something like ‘CSI’ or ‘The Sopranos’. Instead, British TV puts soap in primetime while every other civilized nation leaves it in daytime. Viewers should be more demanding.

— Jamie Bamber

There is abundant proof that the opening of our ports always tends to raise the price of foreign corn to the price in the English market, and not to sink the price of British corn to the price in the continental market.

— Joseph Hume

The Cinquecento was an engine of motivation at Fiat. It refurbished the image of the entire company. It’s a symbol for the company, but it’s more than that. It’s a global Italian symbol, as Mini is a global British symbol and the Beetle is a global German symbol.

— Lapo Elkann

Within two months I made the grand slam: covers of ‘American Vogue’, ‘Italian Vogue’, ‘British Vogue’, and ‘French Vogue’.

— Linda Evangelista

L.A. is the opposite of Britain in a lot of respects, and that’s what draws so many British people here.

— Louis Theroux

Before British title fights, I’ve played football on a Saturday before it’s silly as it is.

— Liam Smith

The only difference between the Bel Air of the ’90s and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies are Latina instead of British, and the cars European instead of American.

— Lorna Luft

If athletes are found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, then they should be banned for two years, even if they are British.

— Lynn Davies

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

I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London.

— Leslie Caron

Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population, with many British elites patting themselves on the back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.

— Linda Chavez

The Dancing Girls of Lahore was offered to dozens of British publishers and was turned down by everyone. It is still on offer in the U.K., but I’m not confident there will be any takers.

— Louise Brown

I have never, ever sought validation from the arbiters of British poetic taste.

— Linton Kwesi Johnson

When I do watch things, they tend to be a lot of comedies. I actually like some of the British comedy series. But, on the whole, I’m not a huge viewer of anything.

— Lucy Griffiths

I was raised by maternal grandparents who were born in 1890 and 1899, respectively. They were British subjects George V was the cousin of the tsar. The Romanovs were very real in their household.

— Kathryn Harrison

Francis Underwood was entirely based on Richard III. When Michael Dobbs wrote ‘House of Cards’ in the original British series, Richard III is what he based the character on.

— Kevin Spacey

I’m not at all fed up with British films, but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.

— Kristin Scott Thomas

When you are covering a life-or-death struggle, as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate and right to go along with military censorship, and in fact in situations like that there wouldn’t be any press without the censorship.

— Kate Adie

On the Northern Ireland question, for instance, the British and Irish governments prohibit media contact with members of the IRA, but we have always gone ahead, believing in the right to information.

— Kate Adie

There’s a particularly British wariness of appearing to try too hard. It’s somehow distasteful. Everything should come to us seamlessly and, if you have to work at it, you’re somehow a loser.

— Kate Reardon

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Secessionists, whether in Scotland, Catalonia, Quebec or anywhere else, invariably assume that a person must either be Scottish or British, Catalan or Spanish, Quebecois or Canadian. What about those who feel they are both?

— Michael Ignatieff

If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.

— Mikhail Gorbachev

Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.

— Morrissey

With the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.

— Morrissey

The defeat of the Americans in Canada and the advantages gained by the British arms in the Jerseys, and indeed for some months in every other quarter, gave to the royal cause an air of triumph.

— Mercy Otis Warren

We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.

— Morten Tyldum

I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture.

— Morten Tyldum

Working on the accent helped, enormously. I will tell you that when I brought Michael a correct ‘British’ accent, one that my dialect coach was happy with, he hated it.

— Madeleine Stowe

Some British actors are snobby about telly, and I don’t understand that.

— Matthew Macfadyen

The British are actually a lot more appreciative of the comic. In Canada, if you’re perceived as a comic writer, there’s a real snobbery, and you can’t be serious. You’re not a big hitter.

— Miriam Toews

American science is much more organized, much more hierarchical than British science has been.

— Martin Fleischmann

The fantastic thing about the memorial to the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel is that it’s one of the rare examples where they’ve preserved a battlefield more or less as it was. You can see all the trenches, where the British were, where the Germans lined up.

— Michael Winter

I see myself as British, and I want to be celebrated by Britain.

— Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actually, the British boarding school experience turns out to be not that exotic.

— Mark Romanek

I read two mysteries a day when I was a kid. All of Agatha Christie, all of ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ I’ve seen every single British detective show ever made.

— Maureen Johnson

That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available.

— Michael Baden

For a little while there, I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to be in anything on British TV’. I didn’t watch any of it because it was rubbish.

— Neve McIntosh

If you do a story about a British journalist rescuing a child from Sarajevo, then Sarajevo just becomes an exotic location, and the story’s about this British journalist.

— Michael Winterbottom

I think the British industry is set up to support British film, if we make films that enable them to support it. If you don’t make a commercial film, distributors can’t get behind it. If they don’t get behind it, the film doesn’t do well.

— Noel Clarke

Over 30 years ago, Airbus was founded by a European consortium of French, German, and later Spanish and British companies to compete in the large commercial aircraft industry with U.S. companies.

— Norm Dicks

More than 13,000 Malaysians travel to the U.K. to study in British universities every year.

— Najib Razak

I didn’t know Charlie before doing the movie, but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.

— Nathan Lane

What’s been largely forgotten is that Washington was highly passionate and aggressive, and it was only after losing Philadelphia to the British after a string of disastrous battlefield performances that he finally resigned himself to the more conservative approach with which he has since become associated.

— Nathaniel Philbrick

I just wear what I like, and lots of it is British.

— Natalie Massenet

If the (British) Arts Council give you money, they also tell you how to spend it.

— Neville Marriner

We went to the British Museum, and I was looking up my family in the books – pages and pages on it.

— Nicholas Lea

One thing I have frankly decided is that when it comes to political reform we have two conservative parties in British politics. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have constantly and repeatedly failed to honour promises they have made about reforming, cleaning, modernising our clapped-out system.

— Nick Clegg

When it comes to getting more women into parliament, politicians have at least started to take active measures. The British Labour Party introduced all-female shortlists in 1997.

— Noreena Hertz

I’m proud of being British, but I think our aristocracy is overrated.

— Paloma Faith

The British Empire passed quickly and with less humiliation than its French and Dutch counterparts, but decades later, the vicious politics of partition still seems to define India and Pakistan.

— Pankaj Mishra

Ineptitude and negligence directed British policies in India more than any cynical desire to divide and rule, but the British were not above exploiting rivalries.

— Pankaj Mishra

All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there.

— Paris Hilton

It would not be fair to the critics of Rotary, who include some of the most brilliant of the British and American writers, to charge them with prejudice.

— Paul Harris

The British are coming. One if by land, two if by sea.

— Paul Revere

We have lost all our big Australian industries and icons, including Qantas when it sold 25 % of its shares and a controlling interest to British Airways.

— Pauline Hanson

The British film industry has always tried to sell itself as something rather sophisticated. It’s almost as if it thinks it is by royal command. It has always tried to claim the high ground, not only over Hollywood but over the whole of humanity!

— Peter Capaldi

It’s weathered many a storm, but the British film industry is, thankfully, still afloat.

— Peter Capaldi

I have moved on from being a British parliamentarian, I have moved on from being a New Labour politician, I have moved on from being the supporter in the active day-to-day sense of Tony Blair.

— Peter Mandelson

I still read the British papers, but I’ve never been a Royalist, ever. It’s funny, there always seems to be much more of a fascination with the Royal Family over here then there does in England.

— Paul Bettany

When it comes to meals, there’s always a fantastic choice on British Airways.

— Orlando Bloom

One thing I have been banging on about, we have a dessert deficit in the U.K. We still import a very large proportion of our desserts. I would ask everyone to go out and buy a British dessert.

— Owen Paterson

I grew up near the sea in British Columbia and San Francisco, and lived in Malibu and Fiji for years. I get uncomfortable being too far inland.

— Raymond Burr

Anyone that knows me knows what I’m about, and I’m very much a British actor, a European actor.

— Robert Carlyle

We’ve always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious battle with British Airways… It’s lasted now about 14 years, and we’re very pleased to have survived it.

— Richard Branson

We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.

— Richard Branson

I like to be comfortable, but I do enjoy being a British gent and dressing up a bit.

— Robbie Williams

I’m British – ostensibly British – but I don’t know where I really belong, you know?

— Robert Plant

Although I’m living in California, I’m very proud to be British.

— Rod Stewart

I grew up watching British comedy on TV, really.

— Robert Webb

I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia.

— Ryan Reynolds

One of the things I miss most about the U.K. is political TV, and I have one of those little gadgets, which means I can download British programmes illegally – that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure.

— Raza Jaffrey

Were you to read the British press today, you would learn that the British Empire never forgets its defeats.

— Robert Trout

Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.

— Robert Trout

The British seizure of Hongkong was an aspect of one of the most ugly crimes of the British Empire: the takeover and destruction of India, and the use of India to flood China with opium.

— Robert Trout

Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers – there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians.

— Ryszard Kapuscinski

Winston Churchill was not entirely British. His mother was American, making Sir Winston part Iroquois Indian.

— Rachel Blanchard

As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom, with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.

— Ronald Blythe

The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration.

— Samuel P. Huntington

Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn’t.

— Stephen Leacock

The British, I have discovered, assume that Americans are more religious than they are.

— Stanley Hauerwas

In March 1915, at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, the British fired more shells in a single 35-minute bombardment than they had during the whole Boer War.

— Saul David

By 1917, thanks to the new munitions factories and the women that worked in them, the British Empire was supplying more than 50 million shells a year.

— Saul David

The British who arrived in the United States in the eighteen-thirties and forties had imagined the young republic as a wide-eyed adolescent, socially ungainly and politically gauche, but with some hint of promise.

— Simon Schama

British diplomats who worked in Iran during the 1980 hostage crisis are deeply upset by Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ‘Argo,’ which suggests they refused shelter to the group who managed to get out of the U.S. embassy.

— Simon Hoggart

Canada evolved within the British Empire: it inherited the Parliamentary system, the Cabinet system and all the other features of the British constitutional system which had been in place, for the most part, for several centuries before Canada was even thought of.

— Stockwell Day

I don’t really believe in elegance. Ever since I first came to France many years ago to do the Chambre Syndicale course, I always felt I was somehow lacking, first of all being British – obviously a disaster! But I was also puzzled with this idea that you have to tie your Hermes scarf just right, or you can only wear black.

— Suzy Menkes

There are actually quite high profile British TV star cameos in it that you probably wouldn’t even notice, that the British wouldn’t even notice, let alone the American audience.

— Simon Pegg

British girls are really funny, so I definitely think we’d get along.

— Taylor Lautner

Among the fables that inspired the British Admiralty’s cartographic assignments to Captain James Cook in the 1770s and Captain George Vancouver in the 1790s was a 1640 account under the name of Bartholomew de Fonte that appeared in a journal with the delightful title ‘The Monthly Miscellany, or Memoirs for the Curious.’

— Terry Glavin

To fans of British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Chilcot report should be read as a kind of Rorschach test – those experiments psychiatrists sometimes use to determine what their patients imagine they are seeing in the shapes of inkblots.

— Terry Glavin

Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid.

— Theresa May

Until 1869, when they were banned, debtors’ prisons were the great incinerators of British reputations. Those who were unable to pay their bills were jailed until their creditors were paid – an unlikely event, given that the prisoner was unable to work.

— Tina Brown

British men are peacocks. You see a lot more style on the streets here than you see anywhere else, on every level.

— Tom Ford

Between Clive Owen winning at the Golden Globes and the British Academy announcing its nominations, of which Sideways received only one, I’m feeling pretty humbled these days.

— Thomas Haden Church

There just seems to be more acceptance now of… other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.

— Tim Roth

It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall, that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them.

— Thomas Bulfinch

I’m wary of the word ‘inventing,’ because in the British psyche the word ‘inventor’ is immediately linked with ‘mad’. For me, inventing is problem-solving.

— Thomas Heatherwick

I would wish for more British involvement in Europe, not less.

— Wolfgang Schauble

I’m very proud to be British, and my brand is British.

— Victoria Beckham

Having grown up in the Middle East, eating beans for breakfast always seemed like a bizarre British eccentricity.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Most British cheeses are now vegetarian and are labelled accordingly. However, French and Italian manufacturers still tend to use rennet.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

If the British Isles had an official vegetable, it would have to be the potato.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Fish cakes are perceived as being quite British, and they’re always a bit brown and a little dull.

— Yotam Ottolenghi
British Quotes

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