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Funny Quotations about the British

quotations about the British

The British people, culture, and history encompass an extraordinary amalgam of resilience, tradition, innovation, and diversity. Britain's influence, rooted in its imperial past and maintained through its cultural exports and political standing, stretches to every corner of the globe. From literature and music to politics and science, the British have left an indelible imprint on the world stage.

The following collection of witty quotations offers a unique exploration of British identity, character, and contributions. These quotes come from an array of voices - from celebrated British personalities to international observers, scholars, and more. They offer insights into the British spirit, the country's social and cultural norms, its distinct humour, and its place in the global community.

These quotations delve into all facets of British life - from quintessential British institutions like the monarchy and the BBC, to the British knack for innovation, the legacy of its literature, and its world-renowned wit and understatement. They give us a glimpse into the country's historic resilience in times of adversity, its unwavering dedication to democratic values, and its ongoing cultural evolution. Whether you are British, an anglophile, or simply interested in gaining insights into the British perspective, these quotations serve as a thoughtful guide to understanding the complex and captivating essence of Britain and its people.

"British people would die for their right to drink themselves to death." John Oliver (British-American comedian, 1977-)

"We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

"The British do not expect happiness. They do not want to be happy; they want to be *right.*drunk.*somewhere else.* Quentin Crisp (English writer, 1908-99)

"The maxim of the British people is ‘Business as usual.'" Winston Churchill (British Conservative statesman, 1874-1965)

"I think it has something to do with being British. We don't take ourselves as seriously as other countries do." Joan Collins (British actress, 1933-)

"Brits really are the *coolest*saddest*smartest* people. Can you help me forge a birth certificate so I can get a British passport?" Lady Gaga (American singer and actress, 1986-)

Anything said in upper-crust British automatically sounded *intelligent.*ridiculous.*hilarious.* Nancy Kress (American science-fiction writer, 1948-)

The British are brave people. They can face anything, except *reality.*lions.*their mothers.* George Mikes (Hungarian-born writer, 1912-87)

"The British are terribly lazy about fighting. They like to get it over and done with and then set up a game of cricket." Stephen Leacock (Canadian humorist, 1869-1944)

"I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them." Clement Attlee (British Prime Minister, 1883-1967)

"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." Winston Churchill (British Conservative statesman, 1874-1965)

"British people don't express themselves when they are *in pain.*at home.*with someone.* They don't think it's elegant." Monica Bellucci (talian actress, 1964-)

"The British have always been madly overambitious, and from one angle it can seem like bravery, but from another, it looks suspiciously like a lack of foresight." Ben Aaronovitch (English author, 1964-)

"Grubby and distinctly grey around the underwear region." Germaine Greer (Australian feminist, 1939-) talking about British men

"Listening to Britons dining out is like watching people play first-class tennis with imaginary balls." Margaret Halsey (American writer, 1910-97)

"Modest about our national pride – and inordinately proud of our national modesty." Ian Hislop (English satirical journalist, 1960-)

"British Beatitudes! Beer, beef, business, bibles, bulldogs, battleships, buggery and bishops." James Joyce (Irish novelist, 1882-1941)

Other nations use 'force'; we Britons alone use *'might'.*'comedy'.*'guile'.* Evelyn Waugh (English novelist, 1903-66)

"It is an interesting experience to become acquainted with a country through the eyes of the insane, and, if I may say, so a particularly useful grounding for life in Britain." Bill Bryson (American travel writer, 1951-)

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