George Mikes

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George Mikes (15 February 1912 – 30 August 1987) was a Hungarian-born British author, best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries and their citizens. He is Hungarian.


  • An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.
  • Continental people have sex life; the English have hot-water bottles.
  • In England everything is the other way round.
  • On the Continent people have good food; in England, people have good table manners.
  • Television is of great educational value. It teaches you while still young how to (a) kill, (b) rob, (c) embezzle, (d) shoot, (e) poison, and, generally speaking, (f) how to grow up into a Wild West outlaw or gangster by the time you leave school.
  • The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink. So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it. To the eternal glory of British science, their labour bore fruit. To the eternal glory of British science their labour bore fruit. They suggested that if you do not drink it clear, or with lemon or rum and sugar, but pour a few drops of cold milk into it, and no sugar at all, the desired object is achieved. Once this refreshing, aromatic, oriental beverage was successfully transformed into colourless and tasteless gargling-water, it suddenly became the national drink of Great Britain and Ireland – still retaining, indeed usrping, the high-sounding title of tea.
  • When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain, sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles, – but never England.
  • Teach foreign how to be alive in England.
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