The world is inhabited by two species of human beings: mankind and the English.
Smile at adversity, and act quickly to eliminate it. Expect adversity, for it shall surely appear. Be grateful for adversity, for it forces the human spirit to grow – for surely, the human character is formed not in the absence of difficulty but in our response to difficulty.
Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is doing something else.
Leonardo Da Vinci
If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.
Neale Donald Walsch
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 ardour.
The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
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 in Italian.
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 tongues.
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.