52 Englishman Quotes and Sayings about Englishmen

The Englishman, with his unique and charming characteristics, stands out anywhere in the world.

Often seen as a representative of the very essence of Great Britain, an Englishman, through their distinct habits and lifestyle, exemplify some of the country’s most beloved traits.

Whether it’s their propensity to apologize frequently (even to inanimate objects like a truck), their inherent knack for forming orderly queues, or their rituals involving a perfectly brewed cup of tea, an Englishman is instantly recognizable.

Their conversations frequently revolve around the weather, and they display a sarcastic sense of humor that only adds to their distinctiveness.

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Their fondness for the pub, as well as their love for a good Sunday roast or biscuits dunked in tea, adds to their relatability and charm.

The presence of the Englishman in the global milieu does not go unnoticed and serves to make the world a more delightful place to inhabit.

Englishman Quotes

Any Englishman would be extremely proud to be the England manager. ~ Steve Bruce.


You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England, of course. ~ Evelyn Waugh.

The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy. ~ Louis Kronenberger.

An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him. ~ Alan Jay Lerner.

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose. ~ A. P. Herbert.

I can be described as many things, but no description of me is complete without saying ‘Englishman.’ My parents were from Liverpool and emigrated to Canada before I was born. ~ Mike Myers.

If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck. ~ Jackie Mason.

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. ~ A. J. Liebling.

I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman, and I don’t ever want to be one. I am a Scotsman! I was a Scotsman and I will always be one. ~ Sean Connery.

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never! ~ William Pitt.

Within 18 months of my parents’ marriage in 1900, my mother fell in love with an Englishman who would have described himself as a gentleman but who was, in fact, nothing more than a devious adventurer. ~ Paul Mellon.

The Englishman never enjoys himself except for a noble purpose. ~ A. P. Herbert.

I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London. However, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country. ~ Declan Rice.

We shot the first season of ‘Hap and Leonard’ towards the end of the summer in Louisiana, in and around Baton Rouge. If anyone’s been to Louisiana or comes from Louisiana, they know what the weather’s like down there at that time of year: it’s unbearably hot for an Englishman. ~ James Purefoy.

The very phrase ‘foreign affairs’ makes an Englishman convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern. ~ Benjamin Disraeli.

In this case it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me. ~ Colin Firth.

You can always tell a man’s nationality by introducing him to a beautiful girl. An Englishman shakes her hand; a Frenchman kisses her hand; an American asks her for a date; and a Russian wires Moscow for instructions. ~ Anna Karina.

My father and mother emigrated to Canada in 1958, but there’s nobody more English than an Englishman who no longer lives in England, and our home was a shrine to all things English. ~ Mike Myers.

Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. ~ Robert Falcon Scott.

That is why I come forward tonight without any political label, without any bias, but just simply as an Englishman to say to you: a crime is being committed against civilization. ~ John Amery.

What is a seemingly conservative Englishman doing, leading the world in the mastery of a classically Spanish instrument? Debussy wrote some of the best Spanish music, and the only time he was ever in the country, he saw a bullfight which made him ill. ~ Julian Bream.


An Englishman, being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion. ~ George Chapman.

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone. ~ Germaine Greer.

Best Englishman Quotes

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.

An Englishman’s never so natural as when he’s holding his tongue. ~ Henry James.

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one. ~ George Mikes.

Listeners will wonder what an Englishman is doing on the German radio tonight. You can imagine that before taking this step I hoped that someone better qualified than me would come forward. ~ John Amery.

I should add that there are undoubtedly charming Englishmen; I have often met them. But they are rarely our fellow-guests at hotels. ~ Guy de Maupassant.

I sound like an Englishman impersonating an American impersonating an Englishman. ~ Billie Joe Armstrong.

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm. ~ Samuel Johnson.

What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car? ~ George Bernard Shaw.

Every Englishman is convinced of one thing, viz.: That to be an Englishman is to belong to the most exclusive club there is. ~ Ogden Nash.

Top Englishman Quotes

Whenever I play Shakespeare, I keep thinking, ‘how did this Englishman know so much about me?’ ~ John Kani.

Englishmen were rained on too often to come up with anything that imaginative. ~ Natasha Pulley.

As an Englishman, permit me now to say with what pleasure I learnt of the election of Professor Planck and Professor Stark to the Nobel Prizes for the years 1918 and 1919. ~ Charles Glover Barkla.

You know what the Englishman’s idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements. ~ William Butler Yeats.

The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

When you arrive in L.A. as an Englishman, you might as well be on the moon. People just don’t understand you if you speak too fast, and most people there think you’re Australian. Ordering was incredibly complicated. I was speechless. ~ Ben Chaplin.

A true Englishman doesn’t joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager. ~ Jules Verne.

Englishmen rarely cry, except under the pressure of the acutest grief; whereas in some parts of the Continent the men shed tears much more readily and freely. ~ Charles Darwin.

Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony. ~ Fidel Castro.

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life. ~ Cecil Rhodes.

Life isn’t all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman’s education. ~ Thomas Hughes.

Short Englishman Quotes

England is the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career. ~ Conor Coady.

I love the sad songs with their maudlin, self-deprecating, almost funny lyrics. As an Englishman, they make a lot of sense. ~ Teddy Thompson.

The best-dressed man is an Italian who is trying to look English, or an Englishman who is trying to look Italian. ~ Diane von Furstenberg.

Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman, or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort of thanks do we get for it? ~ Henry Lawson.


An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch. ~ Daniel Defoe.

Here the Frenchman, Spaniard, and Englishman all passed, leaving each his legend; and a brilliant and more or less feudal civilization with its aristocracy and slaves has departed with the economic system upon which it rested. ~ Hervey Allen.

New York cops are very specific in terms of the way they talk and the way they handle themselves. All these clichés that, as an Englishman, I thought were from a bygone era or were a bit of poetic license with cop shows – the more you hang out with them, the more you realize how real that jargon is. ~ Theo James.

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