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He [the Briton] is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

The captain is in his bunk, drinking bottled ditchwater; and the crew is gambling in the forecastle. She will strike and sink and split. Do you think the laws of God will be suspended in favour of England because you were born in it?
      - George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

How can what an Englishman believes be heresy? It is a contradiction in terms.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

No Englishman is ever fairly beaten.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles; he bullies you on manly principles; he supports his king on loyal principles and cuts off his king's head on republican principles.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Man of Destiny

To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a nation of shopkeepers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers.
      - Adam Smith (1), Wealth of Nations
         (vol. II, bk. IV, ch. VII, pt. III)

Most brilliant star upon the crest of Time
  Is England. England!
      - Alexander Smith

There learned arts do flourish in great honour
  And poets's wits are had in peerless price;
    Religion hath lay power, to rest upon her,
      Advancing virtue, and suppressing vice.
        For end all good, all grace there freely grows,
          Had people grace it gratefully to use:
            For God His gifts there plenteously bestows,
              But graceless men them greatly do abuse.
      - Edmund Spenser

Saint George shalt called bee,
  Saint George of mery England, the sign of victoree.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. I, canto X, st. 61)

There is no land like England,
  Where'er the light of day be;
    There are no hearts like English hearts,
      Such hearts of oak as they be;
        There is no land like England,
          Where'er the light of day be:
            There are no men like Englishmen,
              So tall and bold as they be!
                And these will strike for England,
                  And man and maid be free
                    To foil and spoil the tyrant
                      Beneath the greenwood tree.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Foresters--Song

First drink a health, this solemn night,
  A health to England, every guest;
    That man's the best cosmopolite,
      Who loves his native country best.
        May Freedom's oak forever live
          With stronger life from day to day;
            That man's the true Conservative
              Who lops the moulder'd branch away.
                Hands all round!
                  God the tyrant's hope confound!
                    To this great cause of Freedom drink, my friends,
                      And the great name of England round and round.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Hands all Round
         (vol. I, p. 345),
        in "Memoirs of Tennyson" by his son

For of old time, since first the rushing flood,
  Urg'd by Almighty Pow'r, this favour'd isle
    Turn'd flashing from the continent aside,
      Indented shore to shore responsive still,
        Its guardian she.
      - James Thomson (1)

Rule, Britannia, rule the waves;
  Britons never will be slaves.
      - James Thomson (1)

When Britain first at Heaven's command,
  Arose from out of the azure main,
    This was the charter of the land,
      And guardian angels sung this strain;
        "Rule Britannia! rule the waves;
          Britons never will be slaves."
      - James Thomson (1), Masque of Alfred

A shopkeeper will never get the more custom by beating his customers, and what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping nation.
      - Josiah Tucker,
        Four Tracts on Political and Commercial Subjects

Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Description of the English Nation

Others may use the ocean as their road;
  Only the English make it their abode.
      - Edmund Waller, On a War with Spain

Set in this stormy Northern sea,
  Queen of these restless fields of tide,
    England! What shall men say of thee.
      Before whose feet the worlds divide?
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Ave Imperatrix

The storehouse of the world.
      - Edward Young

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