"Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle."
~ The Hand of Ethelberta
by Thomas Hardy
He does love prophesying a misfortune, does the average British ghost. Send him out to prognosticate trouble to somebody, and he is happy.
~ Told After Supper
by Jerome K. Jerome
"Heaven take my soul, and England keep my bones!"
~ King John
by William Shakespeare
As he had often forcibly argued, all experience tended to show that a man must die; and whether he died of a miserable old age in his own country, or prematurely of damp in the bottom of a foreign mine, was surely of little consequence, provided that by a change in his mode of life he benefited the British Empire.
~ The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
The law of England is much more severe upon offences against property than against the person, as becomes a people whose ruling passion is money.
~ Allan Quatermain
by H. Rider Haggard
Dame Ermyntrude Loring, wife, and mother of warriors, was herself a formidable figure. Tall and gaunt, with hard craggy features and intolerant dark eyes, even her snow-white hair and stooping back could not entirely remove the sense of fear which she inspired in those around her. Her thoughts and memories went back to harsher times, and she looked upon the England around her as a degenerate and effeminate land which had fallen away for the old standard of knightly courtesy and valor.
~ Sir Nigel
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He was a hero to his valet, who bullied him, and a terror to most of his relations, whom he bullied in turn. Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs. His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices.
~ The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
"I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square."
~ The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Reflect: we are well equipped, well fortified, we number 54. Fifty-four what? Men? No, MINDS--the capablest in the world; a force against which mere animal might may no more hope to prevail than may the idle waves of the sea hope to prevail against the granite barriers of England.
~ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
by Mark Twain
"We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things."
by Bram Stoker