CARL WILLIAM BROWN
If the Almighty were
to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English
Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that
anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how
to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the
government and I'm here to help.
"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years
to learn English or leave the country.
I speak two languages, Body and English.
The English have all the material requisites for the revolution.
What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary
The one great principle of English law is to make business for
I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music
out of what I may call the sound of sense.
Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I
have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to
me. It's not nice.
Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.
George Bernard Shaw
In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born.
It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't
make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English
until you were in your twenties.
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball
H. L. Mencken
Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on
English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan
world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved
and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.
Pope John Paul II
We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other
languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their
pockets for new vocabulary.
Booker T. Washington
Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of
every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and
compacted composition of all.
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly
poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to
speak it to?
English is necessary as at present original works of science are in
English. I believe that in two decades times original works of
science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move
over like the Japanese.
Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I
do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who
Joan of Arc
Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French,
being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being
unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to
mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when
there's a good English phrase for it - cold war.
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in
the decent obscurity of a learned language.
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
We have a president for whom English is a second language. He's like
'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself.
I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would
drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature,
Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love
with that kind of thing.
I've always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly
English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my
generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's
It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to
realise how much we have in common.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for
sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public
explains the reason why.
The English think they are free. They are free only during the
election of members of parliament.
The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
At the very least we should be given a bit of credit and a little
bit of space, and maybe the media should think we could help them
discover why English teams do not win European competitions.
And I think because of the passion of every English player and every
English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most
of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct,
but in football you also have to think.
You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football. I don't say
they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn
from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from
I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am
completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football.
But I also have things to give them.
The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that,
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and
education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the
E. B. White
You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action
or passion out of your modern English religion.
My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers
have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give
and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.
The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but
they are incomparably the best dull writers.
Well, I'm having a good time. Which makes me feel guilty too. How
In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the different kinds
of love for which the ancients had distinct names.
Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language,
a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great
Marilyn vos Savant
The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a
picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed
President Bush gave his first-ever presidential radio address in
both English and Spanish. Reaction was mixed, however, as people
were trying to figure out which one was which.
The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an
The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.
We still have a tradition certainly in English television; it's
faded a bit in the last five years, but we still have a tradition
where the important thing is the quality and the challenging nature
of the programming.
I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the
dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of
the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors.
Thomas B. Macaulay
The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language
should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its
beauty and power.
Thomas B. Macaulay
In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt
humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie
I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn't speak
English and I couldn't speak French, so there was little chance of
us getting involved in any boring conversations - that's why we got
married really quickly.
I unfortunately don't speak French, but my wife is now fluent in
English, which really reflects rather badly on me.
To cultivate an English accent is already a departure away from what
Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is
the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like
celery as a flavour.
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare;
and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure
the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its
English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
I do love cricket - it's so very English.
I spend more time learning about Buddhism than English, which is why
my English today is still bad.
English people don't have very good diction. In France you have to
pronounce very particularly and clearly, and learning French at an
early age helped me enormously.
Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in
By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they
left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a
great service to mankind.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language
with a paintbrush that talks.
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise
He is ready, if the occasion presents itself, to throw the whole
English population in the St. Lawrence.
The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English language as in
The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.
The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people, but
criticism can be good. And this is a country that loves comedy.
People are always saying, English, English, English rose, and I just
feel so completely different.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Seeing The English Patient is wonderfully draining, but imagine
acting in it for six months.
Kristin Scott Thomas
My least favorite phrase in the English language is "I don't care."
I'm learning English at the moment. I can say 'Big Ben', 'Hello
Rodney', 'Tower Bridge' and 'Loo'.
The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that
I was playing rugby and the other games English school children do,
and there was an event in which races were run, and I won these by a
What I appreciated was the fact that the script delved into how
Australians were - and still are - condescended to by the English.
Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world,
whether it is Irish, English, or French.
The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The
contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and
crooked as individuals.
Edmond De Goncourt
Yes, they broke the law, but we can't deport them. Let's get over
this pointing fingers and do something about that, whether it - they
have to pay a fine, learn to speak English, the history, you can do
that. And then you have to give visas for the skills we need.
Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
I had passed through the entire British education system studying
literature, culminating in three years of reading English at Oxford,
and they'd never told me about something as basic as the importance
of point of view in fiction!
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the
two most beautiful words in the English language.
One of the great defects of English books printed in the last
century is the want of an index.
It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to
Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it
will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written
and spoken language of the English race.
For this reason, to study English literature without some general
knowledge of the relation of the Bible to that literature would be
to leave one's literary education very incomplete.
French novels generally treat of the relations of women to the world
and to lovers, after marriage; consequently there is a great deal in
French novels about adultery, about improper relations between the
sexes, about many things which the English public would not allow.
I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the
more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary
predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in
At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James, the
famous King James version; and this is the great literary monument
of the English language.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of
formal training in reading.
English of course is your major tool, but it is not nearly so
important as other aspects of writing for example you have to have
some natural ability you can't buy it no one puts it there you're
born with it.
The English press treated the world premiere of my first talking
picture as a major event.
I was a terrible English student.
And I agreed with that, and I couldn't wait to change my name anyway,
because I'm not too fond of the name of Reginald. It's a very kind
of '50s English name.
The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some
little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run
up in half an hour with a machine.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank
if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and
syntax to mislead their weak minds.
Dorothy L. Sayers
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms
do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody
can sell himself in China!
Sometimes I feel I can't quite master my written and spoken Spanish,
because I'm too much a student of English. I would need another
lifetime to learn it.
You never know what's going to happen. My mother was an English
teacher. If someone had told her that I was going to write a book,
she would never have believed that. So you can never say never.
I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25
years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn't that way
If the word 'No' was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley
would be speechless.
Everything depends on whether we have for opponents those French
tricksters or those daring rascals, the English. I prefer the
English. Frequently their daring can only be described as stupidity.
In their eyes it may be pluck and daring.
Manfred von Richthofen
There were sometimes from forty to sixty English machines, but
unfortunately the Germans were often in the minority. With them
quality was more important than quantity.
Manfred von Richthofen
The English had hit upon a splendid joke. They intended to catch me
or to bring me down.
Manfred von Richthofen
When the English language gets in my way, I walk over it.
There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to
write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were
English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save
Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush, who proved you can
be a successful politician in this country even if English is your
This character's entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed
wouldn't recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in
this book, which she hasn't read, because she doesn't read English.
Writing in English was a major challenge. I didn't want other
songwriters to write for me. I wanted to preserve the spirit of my
songs in Spanish. I am the same Shakira in English as I am in
The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a
genuine and tragic theme.
E. M. Forster
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English
More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the
rest, it sometimes seems, try to.
The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great
I didn't speak English until I came to Pittsburgh.
The true sovereign is not the American president nor the English
king, but the Lord of the Second Advent.
Sun Myung Moon
The promise of America is one immigration policy for all who seek to
enter our shores, whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada,
there must be one set of rules for everybody. We cannot welcome
those to come and then try and act as though any culture will not be
respected or treated inferior. We cannot look at the Latino
community and preach "one language." No one gave them an English
test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America.
I can remember only a few of the strange and curious words now dead
but living and spoken by the English people a thousand years ago.
So I went to English school, secondary English school, so forget
going to Mecca for my religious education.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
My mom and my dad wanted my brother and I to have a better life, you
know, better education, better jobs. It was probably harder, much,
much harder, for my parents. When you're a kid, you can learn a
language much more easily; I learned English in less than a year.
'Batman' took 10 months to film, and by the time I stopped working
on it, it took a long time before my English accent came out again.
I was actually having to try for it.
I'm English. Our dentistry is not world famous.
The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult than the
English for the simple reason that it was much more easy.
There was always a lot of American music in England until, obviously
when the Beatles came around, then there was a shift towards English
music, but before then American music was the main thing.
I'm older than my sister so I started writing first. I started
writing at school. I was always top of my class in composition,
essays, English Lit and all of that.
Suddenly I was the man who got the part that every actor in the
English language was trying to get. I was really scared. I had
talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I
couldn't answer the phone.
F. Murray Abraham
I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English man of letters
who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life,
as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to
make the English laugh.
Sonnets are guys writing in English, imitating an Italian song form.
It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a
gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant:
Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master.
No one's going to be able to operate without a grounding in the
basic sciences. Language would be helpful, although English is
becoming increasingly international. And travel. You have to have a
We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded
by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters.
This was a unique situation.
I never had to learn English, French and German because I was
brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher
before I even went to school. That helped a lot.
To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett
and Pope - all those people we had to read in college English
courses - to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures
An English man does not travel to see English men.
Things they don't understand always cause a sensation among the
Alfred de Musset
I played English football - soccer - instead of American football,
because we couldn't afford the equipment.
Before I joined the project most of the English people with whom I
had made personal contacts were left wing and affected to some
degree or other by the same kind of philosophy.
Since coming to Harwell I have met English people of all kinds, and
I have come to see in many of them a deep rooted firmness which
enables them to lead a decent way of life.
No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.
People have lots of misconceptions about me. My mum, who is half
French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I'm called
quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90
percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90
percent of my entire career.
Helena Bonham Carter
I was born in Texas and I lived there 'till I was 8. Then I moved to
the Dominican Republic with my mom, lived there for two years and
forgot every word of English I knew.
If there's anything I'd hate as a son-in-law, it's an actor; and if
there's anything I think I'd hate worse than an actor as a
son-in-law, it's an English actor.
Joseph P. Kennedy
On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that speaks very
good English and someone who speaks the local language very well and
work out what I'm going to say.
Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and
anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that
there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen
to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
I'm very aware when I'm speaking to the English of how flat my
Mid-Atlantic American voice is.
Martin C. Smith
If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have
something to do with a shortage of flowers.
Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English
do, and it's been their only major business advantage for the past
If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower
epitomizes the natural American gentleman.
The Social-Democratic Federation took part in all the political and
economic struggles of the English working class; it took pains to
bring Socialist views home to them, not only through agitation and
propaganda, but also by actions.
I translated Beatles songs for my English class.
The relation of repetitions for learning and for repeating English
stanzas needs no amplification. These were learned by heart on the
first day with less than half of the repetitions necessary for the
shortest of the syllable series.
The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a
word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not
denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than
Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but
there isn't an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the
case simply because the English language opens the whole world to
the American cinema.
I was more excited than scared, at the opportunity to work in an
Me fail english? Thats unpossible.
For 180 years, we voted in English. That is the true American
tradition, and this amendment is true to our heritage, not what has
existed unnaturally for the last 20 years.
I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people
because they didn't understand her English, because she was Chinese.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for
the death of a political economist.
Realistically, English is a universal language; it's the number one
language for music and for communicating with the rest of the world.
'Ouch' is not independent of social training. One has only to prick
a foreigner to appreciate that it is an English word.
Willard Van Orman Quine
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the
property of the imagination: it is the property of the language
Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a
lot of people in the United States who say isn't, and they ain't
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental
principle of the English constitution.
Also, I have found that I really like to work in English. It's very
strange because it's exactly the opposite of what I thought it would
If you want to be happy, live discreetly. Does that make sense in
I was also in love with the English language.
I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English
I speak English without an accent, and I speak Spanish without an
accent. I really do have the best of both worlds.
The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'.
After I learn more English, I'll work hard and make more films.
I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English
dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any
Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were
saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
Francis Ford Coppola
All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but,
as Carl Sandburg once said to me... by newspapers and the Bible.
Van Wyck Brooks
English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite.
My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just
intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my
worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write
poetry all the time.
It's important to me to work in my own language now and then. I love
English, but you can never learn to master a foreign language if
you're not brought up with it.
Max von Sydow
English is taking over the world. I just wrote a piece about it. And
it's not by design. The United States dominates because it's the
I think it's part of being English, particularly if you are
middle-class - you're always looking to be reminded that you are no
good and you are always actually embarrassed about being successful.
Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class.
All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being
British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A
brilliant place to live. Sad but true.
Everything has changed. When I was at school and was told I had
better learn English, I said: What for? The English are a hell of a
long way away!
Juan Manuel Fangio
To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to
be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble,
hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them,
they lack the joy that the Irish have.
There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all
earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true
inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable
English, once accepted as an international language, is no more
secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted
language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the
international language of science.
The difference between a contemporary liberal and a socialist is
that to a liberal the most beautiful word in the English language is
'forbidden', whereas to a socialist the most beautiful word is
Maybe it's because I'm English, but in terms of how people perceive
us I only pick up on the negative side of it.
I think my prose reads as if English were my second language. By the
time I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm dodging bullets and
gasping for breath.
For the version of this CD released in Japan, a translation of the
English lyrics is included, but there are lots of places where
meanings are lost in the process of translation.
These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French, all
appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied almost without
limit and apply to all national languages.
A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity,
like the word livewire.
The Economist is undoubtedly the smartest weekly newsmagazine in the
English language. I always look forward to its quirky year-end
Even if I think in English, it's more a language of acting than
In fact, it is amazing how much European films - Italian, French,
German and English - have recovered a certain territory of the
audience in their countries over the last few years.
The English countryside is the most staggeringly beautiful place. I
can't spend as much time there as I like, but I like everything
about it. I like fishing, I like clay- pigeon shooting.
I had higher math SATs than in English - yet I became an English
major in college.
I must confess, my Spanish is not so good - except I read a little,
so I started with the English but then determined that it would have
to be in Spanish.
Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from
Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English,
no sense that he was an American.
My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but
English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me.
America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite
around common principles even when we come from different
I speak English, so I am no longer cute. My tongue itches for
I can scarcely manage to scribble a tolerable English letter. I know
that I am not a scholar, but meantime I am aware that no man living
knows better than I do the habits of our birds.
John James Audubon
Sitting here now today, I can forgive a lot of the English people
because it only takes a hand full of bad people to do something
stupid like that and it can make the whole country look bad.
A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same
way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence
of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is
universally valid for all mankind.
It is a culture voice, but it is a very American culture voice, and
I am very used to English culture voice. So I had to work like hell
to flatten those R's.
I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger
and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape
in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of
Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity
about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well.
The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't
felt in a while. But I like it.
Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and poet of the
English language, lived in a time that was politically very
conservative and it's reflected in his writings.
The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were.
They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence,
and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set
forth in the Declaration.
Samuel P. Huntington
Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I had almost no
money so I thought about being an urban firefighter and having lots
of free time in which to write or becoming an English teacher and
thinking about books and writers on a daily basis. That swayed me.
Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative
writing programs or in English departments.
Give immediate instruction to all your posts in said territory,
under your direction, at no time and on no pretence to hoist, or
suffer be hoisted, the English flag.
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English
language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche
The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that
the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail.
I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best
listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our
larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be
surpassed in that respect.
John Philip Sousa
It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be
translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and
Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will
also soon be in demand.
Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an
opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United
States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and
in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to
me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I
was able expand on the meaning.
We were a Western civilisation, an English speaking civilisation,
both NZ and Australia, and we had all these influences coming from
both Great Britain and America to us; sending us their culture in
the shape and form of movies and television.
It took me a year to really learn the American lingo. I really feel
for people who are coming here and don't speak English at all. It
must be hell.
Someone's just told me the English are still trying to take over the
United States - is that true?
Perhaps first and foremost is the challenge of taking what I find as
a reader and making it into a poem that, primarily, has to be a
plausible poem in English.
English girls' schools today providing the higher education are, so
far as my knowledge goes, worthily representative of that
astonishing rise in the intellectual standards of women which has
taken place in the last half-century.
Mary A. Ward
The situation right after the fight wasn't too good; I believe I'm
still the only champion in the world who never received the belt
inside the ring once you've won the title. I held that against the
English fans for a long time but I felt that also motivated me.
To become an American citizen, we require people to read, write and
speak in English. That is to help them to assimilate in our melting
pot, truly to become Americans. We mock that when the cherished
right to vote does not involve English any more.
I obtained a job at the Library of Congress. I loved books, so I
felt at home. I was going to end up, I thought, majoring in English
and teach at the college level.
I'm not the least bit polished, I come from a blue collar background
and I never thought I could feel comfortable around the English.
Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still,
he's an American.
Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest
playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly
I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just the
English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone
who was a compassionate, decent guy.
I don't know French at all. I took some lessons when I was younger
but all I know are the numbers. I've been told basically everyone in
Monaco speaks English because of it being a huge vacation spot so
I'm excited about that. I might not need to learn French after all.
Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals
that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without
inadvertently mentioning at least three of them.
Our last jam session was this past Christmas. Dad played his
harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian, and I played guitar. I'm
so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last
The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the
daughter of my father, I always felt very French.
I think now, more than anytime I can remember, bands are sounding
pretty similar whether they're English or American, from Manchester
or London... or Leeds or Welsh or Irish.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and
never had a music lesson or much of an education.
In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash
of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a
lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs,
and I grew up in between. There's a community of second generation
immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American
One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using
the same word as noun and verb.
In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in
all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is
a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much
more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more
susceptible to injury.
There's a focus that hasn't been there for ages and ages and some
American bands are sounding quite English like they did in the late
70s and early 80s.
My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working
in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook
and my father as a handyman and chauffeur.
And I always read the English translation and always have
conversations with my translator, for example about the names. I
always have to approve it.
We were very kindly received by the English merchants to whom my
companion had letters, and we set ourselves to learn what was the
real state of things in Mexico.
Edward Burnett Tylor
With the requests of some he complied, and has published a
discourse, delivered before the Society for recovering drowned
persons, which may be justly pronounced one of the most beautiful
and interesting sermons in the English language.
I suppose, counting back, if the Beatles had been influenced by
music in the same length of time ago - you'd have to put that into
better English for me, thank you - they would have been like a banjo
orchestra. They would have been doing show tunes.
This is what Hollywood tends to do. It tends to disregard tradition,
history and anything factual, twisting it and turning it and making
it all okay regardless of what the English may think of it.
And I'm walking along and we're laughing, kidding, joking, and see
he understood the leader, the one we called the leader, had some
knowledge of English, although limited.
Among pacifists it was above all the English who always insisted on
the importance of disarmament. They said that the man in the street
would not understand the kind of pacifism that neglected to demand
immediate restriction of armaments.
The thing is, in English I'm able to write the lyrics as I'm making
the song, once I'm done with the melody.
For me, even just being English was a whole sort of experience in as
much as I'm Australian.
I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes,
but I wasn't a religion major really.
Who can doubt that between the English and the French, between the
Scotch and the Irish, there are differences of character which have
profoundly affected and still affect the course of history?
Words began to appear in English and to make some kind of
equivalent. For what satisfaction it is hard to say, except that
something seems unusually piercing, living, handsome, in another
language, and since English is yours, you wish it to be there too.
The English scene got more media attention with their emphasis on
fashion, with the safety pins and all. There were some really good
bands over there. The Sex Pistols were great.
The short English miles are delightful for walking. You are always
pleased to find, every now and then, in how short a time you have
walked a mile, though, no doubt, a mile is everywhere a mile, I walk
but a moderate pace, and can accomplish four English miles in an
Karl Philipp Moritz
I think we have really integrated well around Manchester. This is
the place where we feel at home. We like it here, we love the
English way of life and we prefer it much, much more than the south
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Although an increasing proportion of the Hispanic population is
foreign-born - about half of adults in this group - English
proficiency is and should remain a requirement for citizenship.
Printing ballots in multiple languages costs millions of dollars
every year. It also discourages immigrants from integrating into
American society and gaining the benefits that come from speaking
The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as
People say my music is English. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's
not me writing English music, but that English music is becoming
more like me.
I board with a poor Scotchman: his wife can talk scarce any English.
It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s.
By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a
gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change!
I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had
dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own
poetry, which I eventually got published.
I think maybe the English don't want to try something and look
stupid, because they are a bit reserved.
There are lots of concerns facing English football but for me the
major one is the way in which football clubs are run by owners,
whether they are growing organically and sustainably and how that is
being policed by the football authorities.
Well, I'm half Australian, half English and I live in London. That
is the only reason I came upon this story. My Australian mother,
Meredith Hooper, was invited in late 2007 by some Australian friends
to make up a token Australian audience in a tiny fringe theater play
reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called 'The King's
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or
other English language poetry.
Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable, but fantastic
writing in translation is the summit.
Every German child learns to speak English in school.
Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other
rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by
joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to
get some kind of musical education in those days.
I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.
Most previous immigrants came to the United States to become
Americans, with no intention of returning home. They relinquished
their ties with their homeland. English was their key to prosperity,
and they worked hard to master it.
Those were the days, you know. It's an English thing; as soon as
it's gets to 6 pm, you have to go and have a drink. We used to stick
to that religiously.
My parents were both Spanish-speakers and they used to speak to me
and my siblings in Spanish and we'd answer them in English.
I love to laugh, it's my main thing. I love to abuse the English
For over ten years I always had, but I don't speak English.
As a little girl living in the English countryside, I used to go
running around in the forests, creating my own fairy tale.
I think English is a fantastic, rich and musical language, but of
course your mother tongue is the most important for an actor.
Max von Sydow
Come English Settlement, I had it in my head that I didn't want to
In my teens, I developed a passionate idolatry for a teacher of
English literature. I wanted to do something that he would approve
of more, so I thought I should be some sort of a scholar.
The recent riots in France demonstrate the problem European
countries face where second and third generation immigrants still do
not consider themselves French, German, or English.
I am not accustomed to pay fulsome compliments to the English, by
telling them that they are superior to all the world; but this I can
say, that they do not deserve the name of cowards.
Your great country is wonderful at stealing pieces of history and
using it for its own purposes, so there didn't seem to be anything
particularly unusual about it but the English were incredibly
exercised about it.
The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love
and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start
trying to count them on one hand, you don't need any fingers.
So, when I got the contract for my album, even though it was an
English record, my manager insisted on making sure we would record
in Spanish as well, and it worked out really well for me.
The themes Poe used were universal and timeless. As long as the
English language exists at all, we will be able to appreciate what
he did. It will not age! It will not become dated!
I lived in England to learn English. When I went to England for the
first time, it was like being on the Moon. I had no friends, I
couldn't speak the language. I was very isolated.
I think the biggest difficulty is that when I'm here in America,
there's a necessity of using English, so I really have a great sense
of really wanting to learn, but unfortunately when I head back to
Japan, the necessity vanishes and so does my enthusiasm about
Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million
dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was
shown in Finland A little action film called Born American.
What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable
body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young
We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated
into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.
William Kingdon Clifford
I like English football, always have. It's just that people go on
about the World Cup in 1986 and then I'm seen as the real bad boy.
And in English Canada, no one really knows where the support is
coming from, but Conservatives would assume that it's bleeding from
the Liberals. So we have a divided left in Canada.
If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction
between one's making a poem in English and a poem in the language
that one understands and values. I don't see how you can do it
You know, we have main English language parties, federalist parties,
and traditionally the ones to watch would be the Conservatives, who
form the government, and then the Liberals.
English should be our official language. Reading and speaking
English are requirements to become a citizen.
I've been worked over by the English press because there's an
assumption that my politics are identical with my wife's, and for
that matter that my wife's politics are identical with her politics
of 20 years ago.
A friend of mine said, no matter what I do I always look like an
English teacher. She actually said, you still look like a Campbell's
Myspace alone has just over 80 million users and ranks as the sixth
most popular English language website and the eighth most popular
site in the world.
If we do not get No Child Left Behind right for Limited English
Proficient students, the law will be a failure for most schools in
the 15th Congressional District, and for many across the nation.
It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise Lost is among the
two or three greatest English poems; it may justly be taken as the
type of supreme poetic achievement in our literature.
For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because
we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We
spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive.
The challenge was tap dancing.
Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the
freedom of one's house.
Others may use the ocean as their road; Only the English make it
From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger there was but one
man without whom English history must have taken a different turn,
and that was William Pitt the elder.
Albert Bushnell Hart
My heritage is English, so I'm proud to be back here.
I was always drawn to teachers who made class interesting. In high
school, I enjoyed my American and English literature classes because
my teachers, Jeanne Dorsey and Dani Barton, created an environment
where interaction was important.
One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I
know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and
English lines and see how the translator worked.
Sometimes I'll go by and there are a couple of swans, the next day
it's a few ducks. I'd like to stop there every day for a year and
capture how it changes, then put it all together to create an
incredible image of a traditional English scene.
Graeme Le Saux
First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words
that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in
the English language before. It's astonishing. It pours out of him.
From the early days of European migration to America, in the 17th
Century, the prototype of buildings was based on English precedent,
even if mostly translated into the locally available material in
In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our
There are reasons for believing that the English increase will far
surpass others, and that the diffusion of the United States will
ultimately produce the general population of America.
There is abundant proof that the opening of our ports always tends
to raise the price of foreign corn to the price in the English
market, and not to sink the price of British corn to the price in
the continental market.
We took Beowulf, the epic poem in Old English, and put it right
together with John Gardner's contemporary retelling. If you bring it
into today, we really feel that it has something very fresh to say
If you see the Sopranos, you're not going to be speaking in the
Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official
language, English, which is the language of success in America.
I can give you the King's English and then I can take it to the
street, but do both or do one and don't do one knowing only the
street. That's going to hold you back because what comes out is
going to impress people, and it will impress them negatively.
However, research in the years that followed found that in many of
its important features, African American Vernacular English was
becoming not less, but more different from other dialects.
In Hollywood through the 50s, there were black, English, and Middle
European housekeepers and maids.
The more English is heard in the world, the more gratifying it seems
to speak French, and above all to know the culture of our country.
They find a kind of French social grace in the language and culture.
Harrison Ford - one of my favorite actors - has a wonderful sense of
character and depth and uniqueness to him, yet he's able to just
deliver the lines without putting any English on it.
A movie of mine is going to be released in Japan next year. I play a
waitress who's a really regular girl in this movie. The English
title isn't decided yet, but in Japanese it's I'll Get on the A
I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and
clever, by using the many gifts of the English language to intrigue
and hook a reader.
The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it. The Italians say, I kiss
your feet, and mean, I kick your head.
We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we
carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our
independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to
merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us.
I'd forgotten I'd done the anime called Spirited Away, the English
version of a Japanese film.
David Ogden Stiers
My old English buddy, John Rackham, wrote and told me what made
science fiction different from all other kinds of literature -
science fiction is written according to the science fiction method.
You know, I do speak the Queens English. It's just the wrong Queens
that's all. It's over the 59th Street Bridge. It's not over the
The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by
telling the truth.
English is my second language, but in Hong Kong, they don't know
that I'm from China. They think I'm from Hollywood because all the
films they see are from here. China and Hong Kong are very different
places, but they're starting to merge. Still the culture is very
This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar
and vocabulary with other dialects of English. But it is distinct in
many ways, and it is more different from standard English than any
other dialect spoken in continental North America.
Many European guys go to the N.H.L. at a young age, even without
knowing English. But they quickly adapt to new conditions, another
game, a new country. They are also young, receptive, can move
I've concentrated for a long time on English films because I've got
two kids but my oldest son is 11 and I think I'm going to be away
for about four months of year now.
English football has just had a transfer window imposed for the
first time, so it will be interesting to see how managers cope with
the squads they have until it re-opens.
The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next
For English assignments I was constantly coming up with these
strange adventure stories... But I actually wanted to be an artist,
or maybe work in the comic book industry.
Between 1910 and 1950 approximately 350 lives of Jesus were
published in the English language alone.
I have no idea why one of our most original filmmakers would want to
spend two years of his life translating someone else's movie from
Spanish into English. And it wasn't such a good film in Spanish,
Oh, I'm not English, I cannot talk on behalf of an English person.
I'm French. I can say about French. They are quite emotional,
though, and they talk about their emotions.
I always serve the writer first because I'm English trained, even
though I'm American.
Ang Lee was educated in the West and his English is good.
The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace
Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book.
I said Alice in Wonderland.
After moving to England I did some recording and eventually formed
an English band, this was together for quite a few years with only a
keyboard replacement. The band had no name, just my name.
Ironically, for a few million people in the Far East, I did become
an English teacher through my music.
My early wounds were the English school system among other things.
It wasn't merely the discipline, it was the ways in which boys got
what was called the school spirit.
It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without the breakups
of paragraphs can be interesting. I break mine up perhaps sooner
than I should in terms of the usage of the English language.
A. E. van Vogt
We lived on a farm in the English countryside, where we wrote a lot
of our music. You really were treated like an artist during those
days-not like product, which is now the mode.
I had one companion. He was a teacher from the Ukraine who spoke
English so we could communicate a bit. I learnt a few Russian words,
but it was hard to concentrate.
I am an English major in school with an emphasis in creative
writing. I think hearing Maya Angelou speak at school last year was
one of the best moments Stanford, at least, intellectually, had to
English policy may not yet have made the definite decision to attack
us; but it doubtless wishes, by all and every means, even the most
extreme, to hinder every further expansion of German international
influence and of German maritime power.
Bernhard von Bulow
Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically -
while simulating a triumphant march forward - than it is done by the
two English Houses of Parliament?
Why on earth do we want closer connection with England? We have
little in common with English people except our language. We are
fast becoming an entirely different people.
It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium,
and they want to bring it here also.
I get work because I'm primarily a novelist but I've become script
doctor. I can work back and forth between French and English.
If we had a starting XI that no one could argue about it wouldn't
say a lot for English football. We'd probably be on a downward
spiral. It's good that people have different ideas about who should
The English race is the best at weeping and the worst at laughing.
But at the time when he wrote, Englishmen, with the rarest
exceptions, wrote only in French or Latin; and when they began to
write in English, a man of genius, to interpret and improve on him,
was not found for a long time.
If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, then it's good enough
It was always said that the big distinction between the French and
the English is that the English are intelligent and the French are
So, sometimes, when I'm not happy with my performance and I have to
think, I will think in English.
My early education was in the public school system of Omaha, where,
retrospectively, I realize that my high school training served me in
good stead for the basic subjects of mathematics, English, foreign
languages and history.
Lawrence R. Klein
But the nature of my main work in chemistry can be better
represented by more than 280 English publications, of which roughly
200 concern the theory of chemical reactions and related subjects.
I've done quite a few adverts. I've also done some presenting and
acting work in Spain. I did a lot of Spanish education videos for
people wanting to learn English.
I don't know what 'operational control' of the border means, but I
do understand the English language. And as I understand that phrase,
that's not true. We do not have operational control.
China's cinema has been rising for some time; it has more exposure,
so my chances of becoming internationally known are better. But the
first thing I have to do is learn English. If I can grasp the
language, then perhaps I can think about the U.S.
In 1763 the English were the most powerful nation in the world.
Albert Bushnell Hart
In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin
element in our vocabulary.
I just remembered songs my grandmother taught me, and songs that I
learned for the recordings. But, then I learned to speak Italian.
When I was there, I hired a professor who stayed with me 24 hours a
day. She wouldn't let me speak a word of English.
It even has the same phraseology as the English orders of
knighthood, companions and this sort of thing.
Well, I am from India and I wanted to make films in English for the
international market in India. So that was really the main thing,
and then of course economically it was cheaper to make films in
You know, nobody eats in England. Three or four pints of English
beer a night fills you. I can't say I'm very impressed with the food
in America. it's all sort of bland. Like turkey sandwiches.
The American Revolution was, in fact, a battle against the
philosophy of Locke and the English utilitarians.
When the student has her voice under complete control, it is safe to
take up the lyric repertoire of Mendelssohn, Old English Songs, etc.
How simple and charming they are!
When I entered college, it was to study liberal arts. At the
University of Pennsylvania, I studied English literature, but I fell
in love with broadcasting, with telling stories about other people's
Where words can be translated into equivalent words, the style of an
original can be closely followed; but no translation which aims at
being written in normal English can reproduce the style of
There are some sounds that English singers find quite difficult to
Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a
young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think,
write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly
involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics.
I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian.
I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very
carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely
part of the English poetry scene.
I didn't know what kind of jobs, because how was I prepared? At
best, I would be an AB in English.
John C. Hawkes
All the English speakers, or almost all, have difficulties with the
gender of words.
The world still consists of two clearly divided groups: the English
and the foreigners. One group consists of less than 50 million
people; the other of 3,950 million. The latter group does not really
I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and
My father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT, and my mother
taught high school English.
Eric Allin Cornell
It's like there are all these languages available, especially in
terms of image. Why confine yourself to only English? There's all
these languages and possibilities and concepts to speak or
There's still a bit of a problem, in that so many leading English
roles are taken by American or French actresses.
Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have
a facility for historic characters.
I read the greens in Spanish, but putt in English.
Chi Chi Rodriguez
The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project to win a
Master of Arts degree in English when I quit being a newspaper
editor and went back to college.
Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure
that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
I am now completing research supported by NSF and NEH that is
mapping changes in the English language through all of North
America, for both mainstream and minority communities.
We try to magnify the difference between Americans and the English.
In real life they like the same music and dress the same. It's
really much more similar than anyone thinks or how we show it.
I'm not a salsa singer who wants to sing in English, and I'm not
this American kid who wants to sing Spanish.
The city and province were given up to anarchy; the coloured people,
elated with victory, proclaimed the slaughter of all whites, except
the English, French, and American residents.
Henry Walter Bates
In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London theatres and
explore the countryside, I spent four very miserable years as a
colonial at an English school.
All of our affairs, since the union of crowns, have been managed by
the advice of English ministers, and the principal offices of the
kingdom filled with such men, as the court of England knew would be
subservient to their designs.
I - and there are hundreds of thousands of Irishmen who felt on this
subject as I do - have always liked my Celtic countrymen and
disliked the English nation; it is a national trait of character,
and I cannot help it.
My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English
instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I
got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with
John Mayall. I really liked that period.
Let us work toward greater cooperation with all Caribbean Countries,
whether we speak English, Dutch, French or Spanish, whether we are
independent or not, and whether we be island or continental
I don't think the English like me. I sold a colossal best seller in
America, and they never really forgave me.
Yes, for my undergrad I majored in Criminal Justice and minored in
Political Science and English.
Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English
prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust
not so much to rules as to their ears.
F. L. Lucas
It appears that the present-day form of African American English is
not the inheritance of the period of slavery, but the creation of
the second half of the 20th century.
I have English family in Northhampton and have been to England
The only thing that I'd rather own than Windows is English, because
then I could charge you two hundred and forty-nine dollars for the
right to speak it.
Do not suppose, dearest Sir, that I am so short-sighted as to
destroy my life by English preaching, or any other preaching. St.
Paul did much good by his preaching, but how much more by his
American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and
My favorite pudding is good old English apple pie.
We are Bayern Munich and English teams always have trouble as soon
as they leave the island.
I was well warned about English food, so it did not surprise me, but
I do wonder sometimes, how they ever manage to prise it up long
enough to get a plate under it.
I think one of the best words in the English language is compassion.
I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care... and if
everybody just did something. We all make a difference.
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American
history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn
down everything they ever did.
England and Greece are friends. English blood was shed on Greek soil
in the war against fascism, and Greeks gave their lives to protect
More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the
Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language
than any other single factor.
John W. Vessey, Jr.
Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation
of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we
have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions.
John Edward Redmond
I went to a catholic public school St Helens and learned English by
watching bugs bunny cartoons.
I will for ever, at all hazards, assert the dignity, independence,
and integrity of the English bar; without which, impartial justice,
the most valuable part of the English constitution, can have no
I say 20 words in English. I say money, money, money, and I say hot
dog! I say yes, no and I say money, money, money and I say turkey
sandwich and I say grape juice.
Some of the substance of English words, I just don't understand at
all because the culture's so strange to me.
I've always enjoyed writing, I graduated with a degree in English;
I've done bits of journalism.
The English gentleman
is a combination of silence, courtesy, dignity, sport, newspapers
An Englishman is content to say nothing when he has nothing to say.
The Englishman regards the free expression of emotion as undignified,
vulgar, and almost brutish.
Paul Cohen Portheim
When two Eglishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather.
A foreign observer is struck by our gentleness: by the orderly
behaviour of the English crowds, the lack of pushing and quarrelling,
the willingness to form queues.
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CARL WILLIAM BROWN