George Mikes


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George Mikes (15 February 1912 in Siklós – 30 August 1987 in London) was a Hungarian-born British author best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.

His father, Alfréd Mikes, was a successful lawyer, a profession in which he wanted George to follow. Mikes graduated in Budapest in 1933 and started work as a journalist on Reggel ("Morning"), a Budapest ... more »

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  • ''On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.''
    George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1946). Commenting in 1977 on his oft-quoted remark a...
  • ''An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.''
    George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 14 (1946). Mikes elaborated further in How To Be Decade...
  • ''Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.''
    George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 6 (1946). thirty years later, Mikes referred to this no...
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