The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent, and is modest about it.
Author: James Agate (1877-1947)
Profession: British Author, Critic
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world.
Author: Richard Aldington (1892-1962)
Profession: British Writer
The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.
Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman
There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Profession: British Playwright
All nationalisms are at heart deeply concerned with names: with the most immaterial and original human invention. Those who dismiss names as a detail have never been displaced; but the peoples on the peripheries are always being displaced. That is why they insist upon their continuity -- their links with their dead and the unborn.
Author: John Berger (1926)
Profession: British Actor, Critic
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.
Author: Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
Profession: American Novelist
England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.
Author: Robert Burton (1576-1640)
Profession: British Clergyman, Scholar
Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.
Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Profession: French Existential Writer
There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.
Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
It is easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.
Author: Fyodor Dostoevski (1821-1881)
Profession: Russian Novelist
I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)
Profession: American Poet
Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
Author: Bob Geldof (1954)
Profession: Irish Rock Musician, Philanthropist
The Jews have always been students, and their greatest study is themselves.
Author: Albert Goldman