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Without one friend, above all foes,
  Britannia gives the world repose.
      - William Cowper, To Sir Joshua Reynolds

England is a domestic country. Here the home is revered and the hearth sacred. The nation is represented by a family,--the Royal family,--and if that family is educated with a sense of responsibility and a sentiment of public duty, it is difficult to exaggerate the salutary influence it may exercise over a nation.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The Continent will not suffer England to be the workshop of the world.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world. There are others more excitable, but there are none so enthusiastic.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

We are indeed a nation of shopkeepers.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        The Young Duke (bk. I, ch. XI)

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail,
  Our lion now will foreign foes assail.
      - John Dryden, Astroea Redux (l. 117)

England, an old and exhausted island, must one day be contented, like other parents, to be strong only in her children.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In these troublesome days when the great
  Mother Empire stands splendidly isolated in Europe.
      - Hon. Sir George Eulas Foster,
        in a speech in the Canadian House of Commons

They [the English] amuse themselves sadly as in the custom of their country.
  [Fr., Ils s'amusaient tristement selon la contume de leur pays.]
      - attributed to Jean Froissart

England is a prison for men, a paradise for women, a purgatory for servants, a hell for horses.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy State,
        referred to as a proverb

Hearts of oak are our ships,
  Jolly tars are our men,
    We always are ready, boys, steady,
      We'll fight and will conquer again and again.
      - David Garrick, Hearts of Oak

Wake up England.
      - George V,
        speech at Guildhall after a trip around the world when Prince of Wales

He is an Englishman!
  For he himself has said it,
    And it's greatly to his credit,
      That he's an Englishman!
        For he might have been a Rooshian
          A French or Turk or Proosian,
            Or perhaps Itali-an.
              But in spite of all temptations
                To belong to other nations,
                  He remains an Englishman.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert,
        H.M.S. Pinafore

The land of scholars, and the nurse of arms.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 356)

We have stood alone in that which is called isolation--our splendid isolation, as one of our Colonial friends was good enough to call it.
      - Sir William Edward Goschen,
        Speech at Lewes

Britain, the queen of isles, our fair possession
  Secur'd by nature, laughs at foreign force;
    Her ships her bulwark, and the sea her dike,
      Sees plenty in her lap, and braves the world.
      - William Havard

The English race is the best at weeping and the worst at laughing. (The English take their pleasures sadly.)
  [Lat., Anglica gens est optima flens et pessima ridens.]
      - Thomas Hearne, Reliquioe Hearninoe
         (vol. I, p. 136)

What have I done for you,
  England, my England?
    What is there I would not do,
      England, my own?
      - William Ernest Henley, England, My England

The ocean is the grand vehicle of trade, and the uniter of distant nations. To us it is peculiarly kind, not only as it wafts into our ports the harvests of every climate, and renders our island the centre of traffic, but also as it secures us from foreign invasion by a sort of impregnable intrenchment.
      - James Hervey,
        Reflections on a Flower Garden

His home!--the Western giant smiles,
  And turns the spotty globe to find it;--
    This little speck the British isles?
      'Tis but a freckle,--never mind it.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        A Good Time Going

Old England is our home and Englishmen are we,
  Our tongue is known is every clime, our flag on every sea.
      - Mary Howitt, Old England is Our Home

The old men running the industry just have not got a clue . . . Britain is no longer totally a white place where people ride horses, wear long frocks and drink tea. The national dish is no longer fish and chips, it's curry.
      - Marianne Jean-Baptiste,
        in the "Observer" after being excluded from actor group promoting British talent at Cannes

The whole [English] nation, beyond all other mortal men is most given to banquetting and feasts.
      - Paulus Jovius (Paolo Giovio), Hist.
         (bk. II)

Never was isle so little, never was sea so lone,
  But over the scud and the palm-trees an English flag was flown.
      - Rudyard Kipling, English Flag

Winds of the World give answer! They are whimpering to and fro--
  And what should they know of England who only England know?--
      - Rudyard Kipling, English Flag

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