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Whether splendidly isolated or dangerously isolated, I will not now debate; but for my part, I think splendidly isolated, because the isolation of England comes from her superiority.
      - Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier,
        in a speech in the Canadian House of Assembly

And still I look for the men who will dare to be
  roses of England
    wild roses of England
      men who are wild roses of England
        with metal thorns, beware!
          but still more brave and still more rare
            the courage of rosiness in a cabbage world
              fragrance of roses in a stale stink of lies
                rose-leaves to bewilder the clever fools
                  and rose-briars to strangle the machine.
      - David Herbert Lawrence, Rose and Cabbage

The New World's sons from England's breast we drew
  Such milk as bids remember whence we came,
    Proud of her past wherefrom our future grew,
      This window we inscribe with Raleigh's fame.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        inscription on the window given St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, London by Americans

God and my right.
  [Lat., Dieu et mon droit.]
      - Motto,
        password given by Richard I to army at battle of Gisors (motto of royal arms of England)

Not only England, but every Englishman is an island.
  [Fr., Non seulement l'Angleterre, mais chaque Anglais est une il.]
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg),

England is not to be saved by any single man.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

Let us hope that England, having saved herself by her energy, may save Europe by her example.
      - William Pitt ("The Younger"),
        in his last speech made at the Lord Mayor's banquet at Guildhall

[King Edward] was careful not to tear England violently from the splendid isolation in which she had wrapped herself.
      - Jules Henri Poincare,
        in a speech at Canner

Oh, when shall Britain, conscious of her claim,
  Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame?
    In living medals see her wars enroll'd,
      And vanquished realms supply recording gild?
      - Alexander Pope,
        Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison (l. 53)

England, of all countries in the world,
  Most blind to thine own good.
      - Thomas Randolph

The martial airs of England
  Encircle still the earth.
      - Amelia B. Richards,
        The Martial Arts of England

Come the three corners of the world in arms,
  and we shall shock them. Naught shall make us rue,
    If England to itself do rest but true.
      - William Shakespeare

England is safe, if true within itself.
      - William Shakespeare

England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
  Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
    Of watery Neptune.
      - William Shakespeare

It was always yet the trick of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common.
      - William Shakespeare

May he be suffocate,
  That dims the honour of this warlike isle!
      - William Shakespeare

This England never did, nor never shall,
  Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
      - William Shakespeare

This land of such dear souls, this dear, dear land,
  Dear for her reputation through the world.
      - William Shakespeare

This precious stone set in the silver sea,
  Which serves it in the office of a wall,
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
      Against the envy of less happier lands;
        This blessed plot, this earth, this realm; this England.
      - William Shakespeare

Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
  Nor can one England brook a double reign
    Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at V, iv)

O England! model to thy inward greatness,
  Like little body with a mighty heart,
    What mightst thou do that honour would thee do,
      Were all thy children kind and natural!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Chorus at II, chorus)

This royal throne of kings, this scept'red isle,
  This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
      This fortress built by Nature for herself
        Against infection and the hand of war,
          This happy breed of men, this little world,
            This precious stone set in the silver sea,
              Which serves it in the office of a wall,
                Or as a moat defensive to a house,
                  Against the envy of less happier lands;
                    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
                      This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,
                        Feared by their breed and famous by their birth,
                          Renowned for their deeds as far from home,
                            For Christian service and true chivalry,
                              As is the sepulchre in stubborn Jewry
                                Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's son;
                                  This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
                                    Dear for her reputation through the world,
                                      Is now leased out (I die pronouncing it)
                                        Like to a tenement or pelting farm.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

Oh, Britannia the pride of the ocean
  The home of the brave and the free,
    The shrine of the sailor's devotion,
      No land can compare unto thee.
      - David Taylor Shaw, Britannia,
        probably written sometime before the Crimean War

Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.
      - attributed to George Bernard Shaw,
        but not found in his writings

John Bull's other island.
      - George Bernard Shaw, title of a play

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