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An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will ...
by Daniel Defoe

An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.
- Daniel Defoe

In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.
- Daniel Defoe

As covetousness is the root of all evil,
so poverty is the worst of all snares.
- Daniel Defoe

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep,
than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
- Daniel Defoe

 

Pride the first peer and president of hell.
- Daniel Defoe

Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Daniel Defoe

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
- Daniel Defoe

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'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
- Daniel Defoe

All men would be tyrants if they could.
- Daniel Defoe

I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world,
considering us as a civilized and a Christian country,
that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
- Daniel Defoe

All our discontents about what we want appeared to
spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
- Daniel Defoe

Justice is always violent to the party offending,
for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
- Daniel Defoe

He that is rich is wise.
- Daniel Defoe

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early,
and the bad die late.
- Daniel Defoe

Vice came in always at the door of necessity,
not at the door of inclination.
- Daniel Defoe

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond,
and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
- Daniel Defoe

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

Every Englishman is convinced of one thing,
viz.: That to be an Englishman is to belong to the
most exclusive club there is.
- Ogden Nash

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.
- George Mikes

The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here.
- Kabir Bedi

That is why I come forward tonight without any political label,
without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you:
a crime is being committed against civilization.
- John Amery

An Englishman, being flattered, is a lamb;
threatened,
a lion.
- George Chapman

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil,
political and religious rights of an Englishman.
- Junius

Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles,
or something better of the same sort,
must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
- Thomas Hughes

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
- A. P. Herbert

You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England,
of course.
- Evelyn Waugh

An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue.
- Henry James

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman,
while a foreign troop was landed in my country,
I never would lay down my arms never never never!
- William Pitt

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

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average
Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.
- Germaine Greer

I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman,
and I don't ever want to be one.
I am a Scotsman!
I was a Scotsman and I will always be one.
- Sean Connery

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- George Bernard Shaw

An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him.
- Alan Jay Lerner

The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman
convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck.
- Jackie Mason

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

Or a White Englishman would rather smash a White Frenchman than a Jew!
Crazy!
- Tom Metzger

Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman,
or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores?
And what sort of thanks do we get for it?
- Henry Lawson

The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman,
or as some other suitable species of human being,
the American wants to be considered a good guy.
- Louis Kronenberger

Remember that you are an Englishman,
and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.
- Cecil Rhodes

The French want no-one to be their superior.
The English want inferiors.
The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety.
The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Listeners will wonder what an Englishman is doing on
the German radio tonight.
You can imagine that before taking this step I hoped
that someone better qualified than me would come forward.
- John Amery

Here the Frenchman, Spaniard, and Englishman all passed,
leaving each his legend; and a brilliant and more or
less feudal civilization with its aristocracy and slaves
has departed with the economic system upon which it rested.
- Hervey Allen

In this case it appealed to me partly because it felt
close to me in some ways.
This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman
adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me.
- Colin Firth

There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side,
he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman.
And then he had this kind of romantic side to him.
I think being true to both sides of your nature is important.
- John Boorman

You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says,
Some people say there is a God.
Some people say there is no God.
The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.
- William Butler Yeats

Making the City Of Joy gave me the best political education of my life.
It became a wrestling match between an Englishman who
had gradually ceased to be a Marxist,
and a culture that was becoming more Marxist by the day.
- Roland Joffe

Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood,
endurance and courage of my companions which would
have stirred the heart of every Englishman.
These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.
- Robert Falcon Scott

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Back in the mid-1970s, we adopted some fairly ambitious
goals to improve efficiency of our cars.
What did we get? We got a tremendous boost in efficiency.
- Jay Inslee

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things,
and I have succeeded fairly well.
- Robert Benchley

Thirty to 40 years ago, most financial decisions were fairly simple.
- Scott Cook

People realized that they could come on Fox News Sunday,
and they would be well and fairly treated.
- Brit Hume

American workers won't be able to compete fairly for
jobs until companies have to pay higher wages in countries like China and India.
- Andy Stern

Japan's experience suggests the importance of assessing
the sustainability of price stability over a fairly long period,
which many central banks have emphasized in recent years.
- Toshihiko Fukui

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift.
You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.
- Sarah Brightman

I have brought a PS2 on set with me before.
But games can be really addicting, and that's dangerous.
So I tend to keep it fairly limited on a certain level.
- Christian Slater

I've been around racing a fairly long time,
but when it comes to the important issues,
I'm happy to let others make the big decisions.
- Mats Sundin

The Congress has now become a fairly evenly divided entity.
- John Dingell

It's a fairly recent thing but I've become very fond of making drinks myself.
- Utada Hikaru

We've had some fairly intensive discussions leading
up to these meetings between NATO and Russia,
preparing for them, and it's going to be a very important six months for NATO.
- Warren Christopher

There is such a thing as legitimate warfare:
war has its laws;
there are things which may fairly be done,
and things which may not be done.
- John Henry Newman

The difference between me and American-born actors
is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly.
- Joan Chen

The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion,
and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.
- Charles Babbage

I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
- Mary MacLane

This sense of power is the highest and best of pleasures
when the belief on which it is founded is a true belief,
and has been fairly earned by investigation.
- William Kingdon Clifford

Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare.
He's the greatest playwright in the English language,
but his politics are fairly square.
- Alex Cox

Voters want to know that elections will be conducted fairly and accurately.
- Bill Nelson

How many men are there who fairly earn a million dollars?
- Henry George

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school,
especially then, you have some resistance,
because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.
- Arne Jacobsen


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