British Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old british quotes, british sayings, and british proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Anything said in upper-crust British automatically sounded intelligent.     

Nancy Kress

The British nation is unique in this respect: they are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.

Winston S. Churchill

The British have always been madly overambitious, and from one angle it can seem like bravery, but from another it looks suspiciously like a lack of foresight.     

Ben Aaronovitch

Many British people of different faiths follow religious codes and practices and benefit a great deal from the guidance they offer.

Theresa May

The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer.

George Osborne

The British have chosen liberty with Brexit and can congratulate themselves every day.     

Marine Le Pen

British aren't really known for their physical loveliness but firemen, generally speaking, are gorgeous.

Emma Thompson

British people don't express when they are in pain. They don't think it's elegant.

Monica Bellucci

The British people are good all through. You can test them as you would put a bucket into the sea and always find it salt.

Winston Churchill

The British are special. The world knows it. In our innermost thoughts we know it. This is the greatest nation on earth.

Tony Blair

The British love permanence more than they love beauty.

Hugh Casson

A British villain never loses their sense of humour.

Tom Hooper

We The British have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.

Winston Churchill

The British like any kind of music so long as it is loud.     

Thomas Beecham

British girls are as temperamental as Americans.     

Ivor Novello

The British needlewoman follows blindly where the merchant leads.     

Ann Macbeth

The British are brave people. They can face anything, except reality.

George Mikes

British people would die for their right to drink themselves to death.

John Oliver

The British power is the overlord without whom Indian princes cannot breathe.

Mahatma Gandhi

The British were sporting. They would accept a fight under almost all conditions.     

Gunther Rall

The British are weak in numbers, we are weak in spite of our numbers.

Mahatma Gandhi

The British are so incestuous. They pass around partners like they're passing popcorn at a movie.     

Cameron Díaz

The British countryside is threatened by people and interests who really do not care for it.     

Simon Jenkins

The British have always coped without becoming a dictatorship.     

Frederick Forsyth

The British retreat is over and now the advance will begin.

William Hague

British humour is very cruel. It's my favourite kind of humour; if it isn't cruel and funny it doesn't really cut the cake for me.     

Jason Sellards

The British who rarely start a fight, but always know how to finish it have nothing to be ashamed of.     

Tony Parsons

All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there.

Paris Hilton

British education is probably the best in the world, if you can survive it. If you can't there is nothing left for you but the diplomatic corps.

Peter Ustinov

The British feel of blues has been hard, rather than emotional. Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words, far too little originality.     

Alexis Korner