What Do You Think Of . . . These Countries?

Last month, I shared some quotations about assorted cities (courtesy of entries in my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary).  This month I will share some of the quotations about specific countries.  Enjoy!

America: “A mistake, a giant mistake.”  (Sigmund Freud)

Australia: “The only country in the world where the word ‘academic’ is regularly used as a term of abuse.”  (Leslie Kramer)

Belgium: “A country invented by the British to annoy the French.”  (Charles de Gaulle)

Britain: “A society where the ruling class does not rule, the working class does not work, and the middle class is not in the middle.”  (George Mikes)

Canada: “A country useful for only providing me with furs.”  (Madame de Pompadour)

England: “The paradise of little men, and the purgatory of great ones.”  (Cardinal John Newman)

France: “A country where the money falls apart in your hands and you can’t tear the toilet paper.”  (Billy Wilder)

Holland: “Such a low country, it’s only saved by being dammed.”  (Thomas Hood)

Ireland: “The only place in the world where procrastination takes on a sense of urgency.”  (Dave Allen)

Israel: “The only country where one can say of someone that he is a Jew without being an anti-semite.”  (Jean Paul Sartre)

Italy: “A country so blessed, that for every weed they destroy, two spring up in its place.”  (Leonardo Sciascia)

New Zealand: “A country of thirty million sheep, three million of whom think they’re human beings.”   (Barry Humphries)

Switzerland: “The land of peace, understanding, milk chocolate . . . and all those lovely snow-capped tax benefits.”   (David Niven)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary, by Aubrey Dillon-Malone


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