England is a lovely place to visit, and if you haven’t caught the bug to go there yet, here are some quotes that will certainly get you thinking. People who loves England tend to really love it, and other people throughout history have had some more controversial things to say about the place.

1. “This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea.”
― William Shakespeare

2. “He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: “What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?”

He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he finds beauty saddening — I do myself sometimes. Once when I was quite little I asked father why this was and he explained that it was due to our knowledge of beauty’s evanescence, which reminds us that we ourselves shall die. Then he said I was probably too young to understand him; but I understood perfectly.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

3. “If countries were named after the words you first hear when you go there, England would have to be called “Damn It”.”
― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms

4. “The risks involved in the pursuit of magic are–put simply–either getting frightened by unpleasant perceptions or becoming deluded. Unfortunately it is possible to suffer from both symptoms at the same time.”
― Philip Carr-Gomm, The Book of English Magic

5. “I took her outside on to a little roof terrace that looked like it never got the sun at nay time of the day r year, but there was a picnic table and a grill out there anyway. Those little grills are everywhere in England, right? To me they’ve come to represent the trumph of hope over circumstance, seeing as all you can do is peer at them out the window through the pissing rain.”
― Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

6. “When I visit England, I want to bring back the best souvenir an American can get: a British accent.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

7. “You are my one and only, for all eternity.”
― Vicky Dreiling, How to Marry a Duke

8. “My point is that this Potter business has legs. It will run and run, and we must be utterly mad, as a country, to leave it to the Americans to make money from a great British invention. I appeal to the children of this country and to their Potter-fiend parents to write to Warner Bros and Universal, and perhaps, even, to the great J K herself. Bring Harry home to Britain—and if you want a site with less rainfall than Rome, with excellent public transport, and strong connections to Harry Potter, I have just the place.”
― Boris Johnson

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