George Mikes


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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 above; "Since then, food in England has improved, table manners have deteriorated. In those days food was hardly ever discussed, it was taboo, like sex." (How To Be Decadent).
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  • ''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 Decadent (1977): "In shops the English stand in queues; in government offices they sit in queues; in churches they kneel in queues; at sale times, they lie in queues all night."
  • ''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 notorious pronouncement: "Things have progressed. Not on the continent, where people still have sex lives; but they have progressed here because the English now have electric blankets. It's a pity that electricity so often fails in this country." (How To Be Decadent, 1977).

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