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English translation of the Koran. I wonder how, with such a repetitive farrago of platitudes, expressing so self-evident a theology and an ethic so puerile, Islam can have spread as it has.

Anthony Burgess

Knowing English is important, but for us Venezuelans I think it would also be important to know Portuguese. For that reason, we should evaluate the possibility of it being taught in our schools.

Hugo Rafael Chvez Fras

How few of our young English impressionists knew the difference between a palette and a picture! However, I believe that Walter Sickert did sly dog!

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Cricket is the most senior, widespread and deeply rooted of English games.

Leslie Thomas John Arlott

Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs... Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home..

Mahatma Gandhi

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.

Robert Graves

English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgement, and education -- Sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.

E. B. White

"Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.


If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Oscar Wilde

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.

Oscar Wilde

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.

P.D. James

When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is a quaint comment on the notion that the English are practical and the French merely visionary, that we were rebels in arts while they were rebels in arms.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

There is, I think, humor here which does not translate well from English into sanity.

Jim Butcher

No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.

Walter Bagehot

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