british quotes

When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.Chinua Achebe

I grew up with British rock.Bryan Adams

I got a tooth bust by somebody who decided they didn't like me and I thought the moustache hid a scar on my lip. It's true that people were told facial hair was not appreciated by the British public, but I just decided to keep the moustache.Bob Ainsworth

Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.Bill Alexander

There's no doubt that what has emerged in the years after 9/11, unlike the situation in Britain, there were practices sanctioned in the U.S. that fall far below the standard of conduct that should have taken place. It is for the American system of government, in all of its branches, to address that. It is not for a British politician.Douglas Alexander

I am confident that the British people will not be intimidated by terrorism.Tom Allen

It came as a great shock to me when I heard that England and Soviet Russia had become allies. So much so that I thought that the people responsible in London were acting in a manner that no longer coincided with British imperial interests.John Amery

My husband doesn't know what my songs are about - even when they're about him. He's very British in that way. He doesn't ask, and he doesn't want to be told.Tori Amos

British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained.Jean-Jacques Annaud

I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.Jean-Jacques Annaud

I lived in London for eight years and I like to say that I am two parts American and one part British because I lived there for a third of my life.Devon Aoki

I was the first woman British commissioner, the first woman trade commissioner, so I am also proud to be the first woman High Representative.Catherine Ashton

I think most British people who say they can do an American accent are so bad at it. I find it excruciating. I find it excruciating the other way around, too.Eileen Atkins

The spring of 1942 was given over to a very impassioned, strategic debate about where we should first attack in counterpunching against the Germans and Italians. The British argued very persuasively on the part of Winston Churchill, prime minister, that this was a very green American Army, green soldiers, green commanders.Rick Atkinson

I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.Clement Attlee

I think American guys tend to be a bit more forward, a bit more chatty and open than the Brits. The Brits seem to have a darker sense of humor, though I have met some Americans who have adopted bits of the British dry sense of humor as well.Hayley Atwell

When I was 13, listening to Choice FM, I would listen to a lot of R&B from America, and whenever a British person tried to do it, it didn't really work, they just sounded like they were trying to copy that whole style. Now the music sounds British, something real rather than an imitation.Katy B

Looking out over the port of Dover, with the endless steam of boats coming in and out, every British citizen is reminded that belonging here has never been about blood or genes. It's simply about being at home on this discrete island and being aware of the privileges and responsibilities that brings.Julian Baggini

When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen.James Baker

The British may not know much about music, but they certainly loves the noise it makes.Richard Baker