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Britain

Total Quotes : 347
Thoughts Having

Like many people in Britain, I have an affectionate respect for the Queen, and am surprised that I should be having such republican thoughts.

- A. N. Wilson

Away Fact

In Britain, you never get away from the fact that you're a foreigner. In the U.S., the view is it doesn't matter where you come from.

- Aasif Mandvi

Love I Love

I love the Royal Family and every aspect of Britain and what we have achieved in history.

- Adam Peaty

Colonialism Occupy

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.

- Ahmed Ben Bella

Need Great Britain

Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn't need a monumental Olympics.

- Ai Weiwei

New Like

In 'The Hobbit,' there were British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand actors, and Peter Jackson was adamant that we would all sound like we were from Britain somewhere.

- Aidan Turner

Envy Here

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day's work for a writer. You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well.

- Alain de Botton

Back Reader

For John le Carre, it was always who's betraying who: the hall-of-mirrors kind of thing. When you go back to the '30s, it's a case of good vs. evil, and no kidding. When I have a hero who believes France and Britain are on the right side, a reader is not going to question that.

- Alan Furst

Doing Pretty

The thing about politicians in Britain is that they are out there, you can lobby them, get close to them, there are loads of ways you can protest against them, and booing is a pretty weak way of doing it.

- Alastair Campbell

Suits I Think

It's funny because I think that both France and Britain are known for their distinctive styles, and everyone says that France is so chic and elegant but I think, more than that, French women are renowned for dressing in what suits them.

- Alexa Chung

Television About

One thing about television in Britain is that they're so scared about complaints. It curbs a lot of drama.

- Alice Lowe

I Am Very

I am very pro-royal. Britain without them would be a sadder place.

- Alison Jackson

Rest Became

'Britain's Royal Families' became my first published book, in 1989, from The Bodley Head, and the rest of the story is - dare I say it? - history!

- Alison Weir

Listening Lean

People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back.

- Alistair Cooke

Crystal Abstain

It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain.

- Amos Oz

Always Very

I have always felt an excellent rapport ever since my very first concert in Britain at Hampton Court. I have always felt understood. The British understand opera very well.

- Andrea Bocelli

Think Always

People in Britain always think of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' as a musical - it wasn't.

- Andrew Lloyd Webber

Opera Made

'Phantom of the Opera' started in my little 100-seater converted church in Britain with a stage where we did what we did. But it was the score itself was what made it.

- Andrew Lloyd Webber

Doing Brilliant

Britain is doing brilliant things around the world and that is why I described as a 'superpower on development.'

- Andrew Mitchell

School Children

Britain, today, educates 4.8 million primary school children in Britain. And we educate five million primary school children around the developing world, at a cost of 2.5 per cent of what we spend on British children.

- Andrew Mitchell

Security Some

All of Britain's aid is spent in Britain's national interests, and some of it contributes to Britain's national security as well.

- Andrew Mitchell

Very Influential

For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a defacto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy.

- Andrew Morton

Hidden Beneath

In Britain, the great hidden secret of talking animals and children's literature is how political it was in its bones, beneath the obvious cuteness.

- Andrew O'Hagan

Country Ideal

The characters in 'Be Near Me' come from a genuine place, a Britain that is more than one country and more than one ideal.

- Andrew O'Hagan

Stupidity Proud

You'll find that no pride is greater than the pride that comes with being thick. Britain is filled with people who are really proud of their stupidity.

- Andrew O'Hagan

Japan Another

I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another.

- Andy Goldsworthy

Here Amount

Britain has enormous amount of talent, as we've seen from the BAFTAs. It's all here, and it has to be allowed to flourish.

- Andy Serkis

German Remain

We believe that from both a German and a Polish perspective, it is desirable for Great Britain to remain in the European Union.

- Angela Merkel

Will Parcel

I personally hope and wish that Britain will stay part and parcel of the European Union.

- Angela Merkel

Commercial

Most independent filmmakers in Britain and North America work for commercial crews and then have their own projects when they've got enough money saved up to do so.

- Ann Macbeth

Here Very

Great Britain had a much different situation than we do and did here in the United States, in that they had literally thousands of infected animals with human health risks. Their infectivity in this disease happened before very much was known about it.

- Ann Veneman

Young Englishman

I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and have lived in Britain every since.

- Anne Stevenson

Think I Think

I think people in Great Britain are a bit jaded sometimes.

- Annie Lennox

Extension Apt

In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.

- Anthony Sampson

Award Never

I'm going for Britain's Best Dressed Man award, but strangely, I'm never on the list.

- Anton du Beke

Here Spanish

My father is Hungarian and moved to Britain during the uprising, and my Spanish mum comes from Galicia; they moved here at the end of the Fifties.

- Anton du Beke

Guilty Next

My guilty pleasure is 'Britain's Next Top Model'.

- April Pearson

Fact Attend

With a diplomat father, for whom foreign postings were a fact of life, my siblings and I were expected to attend boarding schools in Britain.

- Arabella Weir

TV Nine

You can watch TV and see experts of all different colours and hues. But the minute you get past nine o'clock and you're in primetime drama land, it's like entering another world, one that doesn't reflect the diversity of the society that we have in Britain in 2016.

- Art Malik

Been How

To see the difference between when I came to Britain in 1955 with what it is today, to see how the sub-continent has been embraced, it is quite extraordinary.

- Art Malik

Jewel Had

I grew up in a Britain where 'Paki-bashing' was around in my late teens from the National Front. We also had 'Pakis Go Home,' and even 'Jewel In The Crown' attracted this sort of comment.

- Art Malik

Labour Party

The trouble with the Labour Party leadership and the trade union leadership, they're quite willing to applaud millions on the streets of the Philippines or in Eastern Europe, without understanding the need to also produce millions of people on the streets of Britain.

- Arthur Scargill

Love Big

Nothing is forever, and I do still talk about when I'll come back to Britain. I'd love to come back and do a nice big juicy period drama. I don't understand it when people suddenly turn their back on Britain or Scotland. I'm so aware of it, and it's so much a part of who I am.

- Ashley Jensen

Here Missed

I missed Britain. I'm from here and I never aspired to go to L.A. - it sort of happened by default. I loved being there. I found it a little bit difficult at first, but I found my way.

- Ashley Jensen

My Life Student

I studied in Britain and spent great moments of my life there as a student living in Belsize Park. I admire the British trait of the stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. My wife studied in Britain, too, and both of us have many friends there.

- Asif Ali Zardari

Think Button

Those who think in Britain they can push the Brexit button and not have a bill to pay are seriously mistaken.

- Charles Michel

Commercial Button

In Britain ever more, they will realize that Brexit, well, has consequences - economic, commercial, partnerships. Perhaps during the referendum the impression was given that once the Brexit button was pushed everything would take care of itself easily. Well, that is not true.

- Charles Michel

Borders Compact

Britain is relatively compact and much closer to the borders of the U.S.S.R. than anywhere in North America.

- Charles Stross

Career TV

I left Britain in the mid-1990s when TV was going down the cundy - another good Dundee word - because I wanted a film career. But as I get older, I find myself being drawn back to my roots, and I'm loving it.

- Charlie Cox

Happy Some

Britain is still seen as a beacon for decency, for democracy, for vigorous judges upholding the rule of law and, dare I say it, a free press. I respect the press in theory, but when you see some of the things it writes about you, it's not exactly a happy relationship.

- Cherie Blair

Country Flag

I certainly feel I'm carrying the flag for Britain. I feel an honour in that but, at the same time, knowing my roots are in Africa, I'd like that to help motivate people from there. Even coming from a third world country, it is possible to get to the top of wherever they want to be.

- Chris Froome

Country Terrorist

If a terrorist group wanted to hit Britain, all they'd have to do is kill 100 random celebrities. The country would have a nervous breakown.

- Chris Morris

Other Worked

Roald Dahl worked with other illustrators, but it was only when he teamed up with Quentin Blake that the chemistry began to fizz. Quentin Blake is Britain's greatest living illustrator and has that special talent all the great illustrators have, of unobtrusive brilliance.

- Chris Riddell

Replace Then

If Britain was to close down altogether overnight, then China would take up the slack of carbon emissions in two years. If America closed down, just the growth in China's emissions would replace America's emissions in 12 years.

- Christopher Monckton

Need United States

We really need to stop the imperialist tendencies of countries like the United States and Great Britain.

- Cindy Sheehan

Always Been

I want the troops from Great Britain and the U.S. to be successful, but by the same token, Afghanistan has always been a screw-up.

- Clint Eastwood

Love Some

In Britain I love spending time at the St. James's, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on Cadogan Place, and the Mayfair Hotel. We've got some spectacular hotels tucked away in London, but because I live there, I don't get to spend as much time in them as I probably would like to.

- Colin Salmon

Determined Laws

Galvanised into action by the second trial, I was determined to change Britain's archaic sex laws.

- Cynthia Payne

England Still

In England we burnt redheads at the stake, because we thought they were witches. There are still young redheads in Britain getting ripped for having red hair. 'Oy, Ginger!'

- Damian Lewis

Thought I Think

I think we raised about 20,000 pounds. There was a live performance thing so we thought we'd donate the equipment for an online charity in Britain. I hated to part with my guitar, but it was for such a great cause.

- Dan Hawkins

Next Idea

The idea seems to be to use the next treaty talks to strike a grand bargain: Britain will be helpful to those states wishing to establish a fiscal union among themselves if, in exchange, we can amicably derogate from the aspects of the EU which we dislike.

- Daniel Hannan

Big Everybody

I always say to anybody who's going over to America for the first time, 'Whatever you do, go and see a popular mainstream film with a big audience.' Because people shout out. You never get that in Britain. Everybody's so quiet, scared to laugh. It's like being in church.

- Danny Boyle

European Very

I believe something very deeply. That Britain's national interest is best served in a flexible, adaptable and open European Union and that such a European Union is best with Britain in it.

- David Cameron

Want Deal

I am not a British isolationist. I don't just want a better deal for Britain. I want a better deal for Europe too.

- David Cameron

Get Loves

Britain loves a bargain, but you don't get good, lasting architecture on the cheap.

- David Chipperfield

Kind Means

In Britain, we've tended to replace the kind of architectural culture valued in much of Europe with an in-flight magazine lifestyle - all branding, marketing and 'accessibility', a word that usually means dumbing-down.

- David Chipperfield

Like Regeneration

I do quite like Gehry's Guggenheim. But where in Bilbao it's seen as an outgrowth of years of investment in urban design and engineering, in Britain it's seen as the catalyst for urban regeneration rather than the icing on the cake.

- David Chipperfield

Go Unnoticed

We live in a world of strange priorities, where Kim Kardashian buying a Lamborghini creates international headlines, but children in Niger suffering from drought and children in Britain suffering from leukaemia go unnoticed.

- David Harewood

London Mass

The opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics are mass satanic rituals disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport. Their medium is the language of symbolism.

- David Icke

Figure Dad

I couldn't walk down any street in Britain without being laughed at. It was a nightmare. My children were devastated because their dad was a figure of ridicule.

- David Icke

Secret Network

One of the most important secret societies of the 20th century is called the Round Table. It is based in Britain with branches across the world. It is the Round Table that ultimately orchestrates the network of the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

- David Icke

Big Temporary

When the Industrial Revolution started, the amount of carbon sitting underneath Britain in the form of coal was as big as the amount of carbon sitting under Saudi Arabia in the form of oil, and this carbon powered the Industrial Revolution, it put the 'Great' in Great Britain, and led to Britain's temporary world domination.

- David J. C. MacKay

Average United

The United States consumes power per land-area at a rate three times the average. Even though they are more energy efficient, densely populated industrial countries like Germany, Britain and Japan have even bigger power consumption per area.

- David J. C. MacKay

18th Century Based

I went with the old adage that you should write what you know. What I knew was 18th century Britain, so what I decided I would do is write a novel based on my dissertation research.

- David Liss

Phones Seven

The biggest opportunity in 2013 is in Africa. It has seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. In Nigeria alone there are 100 million people with mobile phones. In total, 300 million Africans - five times the population of Britain - are in the middle class.

- David Miliband

Compete Needs

Today, Labour has a disruptive economic narrative - that Britain needs fundamental change in its market structure and culture to compete in the modern world.

- David Miliband

Education Over

In Britain, the centrally prescribed welfare to work system short-changes the young unemployed. Transport, housing and education are over centralised.

- David Miliband

Country I Think

There is a danger for Britain as we perceive ourselves, or as we are - less wealthy, facing economic austerity - that we essentially draw back. I think there is a recoil in parts of the country, and in parts of the government actually, from the multilateral system, and I think that's dangerous and wrong.

- David Miliband

Thought I Think

When I was 16, I played Macbeth at school and my English teacher said, 'I think you may have acting talent. Try to get into the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and see where you get.' I wouldn't have thought of that at all. I wanted to be a surgeon, but I wasn't a clever man.

- David Suchet

Role Found

Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.

- Dean Acheson

Olympic Back

From meeting Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, teaming up, rehearsing, playing selected gigs outside of Britain, coming back into Olympic Studios to record the first album, and then going to America, which we crack open like a nut with the debut record - all that happened, literally, within months.

- Jimmy Page

Proud Bred

I am Batley and Spen born and bred, and I could not be prouder of that. I am proud that I was made in Yorkshire, and I am proud of the things we make in Yorkshire. Britain should be proud of that, too.

- Jo Cox

Forward Yorkshire

Many businesses in Yorkshire want the security and stability of Britain's continued membership of the European Union, a cause I look forward to championing passionately in this place and elsewhere.

- Jo Cox

Always Reagan

Politically at that time, with Thatcher in Britain and Reagan in the White House, it wasn't looking too great for the Left. And we were always on the left.

- Joe Strummer

World More

There is more than enough room in the world for Germany and Britain.

- John Amery

Couple Cancel

What I can say that's different in American television... in Britain, they wouldn't cancel something after a couple of episodes. In the States they would. They would just decide it's not working, take it off and put something else in on the fall schedule.

- John Barrowman

Attractive Either

In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both.

- John Cleese

Argument Date

They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date.

- John Hume

Been South

In Britain, the theatre has traditionally been where the public goes to think about its past and debate its future. The formation of the National Theatre, at the Old Vic, near the South Bank, in 1963, institutionalized the symbolic importance of drama by giving it both a building and state funding.

- John Lahr

Want European

I want Britain to punch its weight in the European Community.

- John Major

Stupid Half

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half. The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.

- John Major

Very Regional

The contribution of West African languages to Ebonics is absolutely infinitesimal. What it actually is is a very interesting hybrid of regional dialects of Great Britain that slaves in America were exposed to because they often worked alongside the indentured servants who spoke those dialects that we often learn about in school.

- John McWhorter

Pie Channel

We in Britain stopped evolving gastronomically with the advent of the pie. Everything beyond that seemed like a brave, frightening new world. We knew the French were up to something across the Channel, but we didn't want anything to do with it.

- John Oliver

Back Everybody

I get nostalgic for British negativity. There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers. When you go back to Britain, everybody is just running everything down. It's like whatever the opposite of a hug is.

- John Oliver

Big TV

There is so much cross-pollination between the U.S. and Britain in terms of comedians. British TV comedies work well in the U.S. American stand-ups make it big in Britain.

- John Oliver

Against Critical

Was it proof of madness in the first corps of sea officers to have, at so critical a period, launched out on the ocean with only two armed merchant ships, two armed brigantines, and one armed sloop, to make war against such a power as Great Britain?

- John Paul Jones

Might South

The choice is not normally between the north and south. It might be between Britain and Europe.

- John Prescott

Which Revelations

In vain shall Great Britain confer upon her colonies the free government and liberal principles of legislation, for which she is distinguished, if she do not carry with her the revelations of God.

- John Strachan

Longer Term

A1 Great Britain has to look at the longer term.

- John Surtees

Here X-Ray

No, people back home don't realize why there is this kind of need for heroes in America at the moment. People in Britain don't really understand what's going on here. They don't understand why Camp X-ray exists.

- Jon Ronson