Quotes / Cultural Posturing

"Thirty centuries of history allow us to look with supreme pity on certain doctrines which are preached beyond the Alps by the descendants of those who were illiterate when Rome had Caesar, Virgil and Augustus."
Benito Mussolini, 5th Levantine Fair (6 September 1934)

"[Klatch] had 15 words for assassination before the rest of the world had caught on to the idea of hitting each other with rocks"

Gant: The bastards are still wearing armour!
Graham: Yes, and when the Irish were still comporting themselves in loincloths, these chaps were already the most sophisticated warriors on Earth.

"You can't mesmerize me. I'm British!"

"We British have a day to celebrate our victories over the French. We call it every day, all year."

"It is difficult if not impossible for any nationalist to conceal his allegiance. The smallest slur upon his own unit, or any implied praise of a rival organisation, fills him with uneasiness which he can only relieve by making some sharp retort. If the chosen unit is an actual country, such as Ireland or India, he will generally claim superiority for it not only in military power and political virtue, but in art, literature, sport, the structure of the language, the physical beauty of the inhabitants, and perhaps even in climate, scenery and cooking. He will show great sensitiveness about such things as the correct display of flags, relative size of headlines and the order in which different countries are named."
George Orwell, "Notes on Nationalism"

"Even today it makes my blood boil, just the attitude the British have to Australia. It's a real cultural snobbery, and a lot of it has to do with their own insecurity, the idea that a colonial society can actually emerge and develop a sense of itself."
Mark Seymour of Hunters And Collectors, Long Way to the Top: Stories of Australian Rock & Roll

"Before your race crawled out of the primordial ooze my people were pissing in it!"
D'Ork of the Thorkoth, Plan 7 of 9 for Outer Space