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"Shut the door, Wales." - Beau Brummell

"South Wales is a hub of aviation." - Bruce Dickinson

"I'm married to a girl from Wales." - Mitt Romney

"I started singing because I come from Wales" - Bryn Terfel

"Poor Wales. So far from Heaven, so close to England." - Sharon Kay Penman

"In Wales, singing and storytelling are party skills, not professions." - Rhys Ifans

"I come from south Wales. A place called Aberbargoed." - Luke Evans

"I started singing because I come from Wales." - Bryn Terfel

"In Wales, it's eight different weathers in a day." - Piper Perabo

"If we win the Welsh Heartland, then we win Wales; if we lose the Welsh Heartland, it is not Wales that we win." - Owain Owain

"There are some real positives for Wales. Their back four's not bad, sometimes." - Iain Dowie

"Wales! Where the men are men and the sheep are scared!" - Dougie Poynter

"We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales." - Evelyn Waugh

"I knew he would never play for Wales ... he's tone deaf." - Vernon Davis

"though I be but the prince of Wales, yet I am king of courtesy" - William Shakespeare

"I was born in Wales but I'm not Welsh - I'm English." - Christian Bale

"Playing with wingers is more effective against European sides like Brazil than English sides like Wales." - Ron Greenwood

"I don't think I've ever felt this lost, even in Wales." - Karl Pilkington

"I do' think I"ve ever felt this lost, even in Wales." - Karl Pilkington

"Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion." - John Cale

"Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris." - Lloyd Alexander

"I was captain of Wales; I've been captain of numerous football clubs." - Vinnie Jones

"It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!" - Robert Bolt

"There's such a unique humour in Wales that I just love and miss in Los Angeles." - Matthew Rhys

"Moving from Wales to Italy is like moving to a different country." - Ian Rush

"I do not... look very feminine. Diana, Princess of Wales is feminine... I am... femi-none." - Caitlin Moran

"In this eventful period the colony of New South Wales is already far advanced." - Charles Sturt

"I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford." - Aaron Swartz

"Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn't." - Stephen Leacock

"Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales, All the air things wear that build this world of Wales." - Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?" - Charles, Prince of Wales

"He wales a portion with judicious care; And Let us worship Goat he says, with solemn air." - Robert Burns

"He wales a portion with judicious care; And Let us worship God he says, with solemn air." - Robert Burns

"Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales, All the air things wear that build this world of Wales." - Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The road from heaven to Hereford Where the apple wood of Hereford Goes all the way to Wales." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Who knows but that England may revive in New South Wales when it has sunk in Europe." - Joseph Banks

"Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?" - Prince Charles

"Wales is blessed with some truly magnificent castles, full of history and a must see for visitors." - Luke Evans

"I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt." - Jonah Lomu

"Nothing escapes the vigilance of the New South Wales police; their reputation is known the world over." - Joshua Slocum

"When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales." - Roald Dahl

"I have won 85 caps and have had a great career with Wales and have enjoyed every minute of it." - Gary Speed

"In a colony constituted like that of New South Wales, the proportion of crime must of course be great." - Charles Sturt

"Over in the UK and in Wales, it's nice to turn on the TV and see 'Baywatch.'" - David Hasselhoff

"In my day England, Scotland, Wales had 80 drama schools. There are none left. So there's no training, no discipline." - Peter Otoole

"I've always felt very proud of Wales and being Welsh. People are a bit surprised when I say I'm Welsh. I was born in Wales, went to school in Wales and my mother was Welsh. I'm Welsh. It's my place of birth, my country." - John Prescott

"Everyone I know is fervently proud to be Welsh but you try not to be preachy about it. It's difficult at times. But when I go home to north Wales, or to somewhere I've never been in south Wales, I still feel at home because I'm in Wales. It's hard to explain." - Gary Speed

"A fig for partridges and quails, ye dainties I know nothing of ye; But on the highest mount in Wales Would choose in peace to drink my coffee." - Jonathan Swift

"Our concept of a family holiday was going to a guest house in the Lake district or Wales where walking was part of the holiday." - Roger Bannister

"Patriotic?" Will looked smug. "I'll tell you what's patriotic," he said. "In honor of my birthplace, I've the dragon of Wales tattooed on my-" - Cassandra Clare

"Restoring the Welsh language in Wales is nothing less than a revolution. It is only through revolutionary means that we can succeed." - Saunders Lewis

"Patriotic?" Will looked smug. "I"ll tell you what's patriotic," he said. "In honor of my birthplace, I"ve the dragon of Wales tattooed on my-" - Cassandra Clare

"There's more chance of me flying Concorde to the moon blindfolded than there is of you taking Wales to the World Cup." - Robbie Savage

"I was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before my family settled in North Wales." - Philip Pullman

"Oh, are you from Wales? Do you know a fella named Jonah-He used to live in whales for a while" - Groucho Marx

"He's an American, qualified to play for Wales because he has a Welsh grandmother, who was on the bench against Switzerland." - Guy Mowbray

"If there be one man, more than another, who deserves to succeed in flying through the air, that man is Mr. Laurence Hargrave, of Sydney, New South Wales." - Octave Chanute

"My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, 'Lucky Jim." - Martin Amis

"If Britons were left to tax themselves, there would be no schools, no hospitals, just a 500-mile-high statue of Diana, Princess of Wales" - Andy Zaltzman

"I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy, To share with me in glory any more: Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere;" - William Shakespeare

"Tony Blair will be remembered as a great friend to Wales because it was his landslide election victory in 1997 that led to devolution." - Rhodri Morgan

"These days, tales of what Facebook did with its users during the singularity are commonly used to scare naughty children in Wales." - Cory Doctorow

"To live in Wales is to be conscious at dusk of the spilled blood that went into the making of the wild sky" - R. S. Thomas

"The Princess of Wales [Diana] was the queen of surfaces, ruling over a kingdom where fame was the highest value and glamour the most cherished attribute." - Maureen Dowd

"[To the Prince of Wales during the First World War:] I don't mind your being killed, but I object to your being taken prisoner." - Horatio Herbert Kitchener, First Earl Kitchener

"I'm a big fan of the Queen. She carries herself well, as does the Prince of Wales, despite getting lots of stick." - Alan Titchmarsh

"Anthony Carthew (ITN): And, I suppose, in love? Lady Diana Spencer: Of course! Charles, Prince of Wales: Whatever 'in love' means." - Charles, Prince of Wales

"If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to destroy every fucking grammar school in England. And Wales. And Northern Ireland." - Anthony Crosland

"Glory glory alleluia I'm the luckiest of females For I've danced with a man Who's danced with a girl Who's danced with the Prince of Wales." - Herbert Farjeon

"There's not really the appetite in Wales at the moment to become an independent country. Scotland is in a different place." - Carwyn Jones

"My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, 'Lucky Jim.'" - Martin Amis

"I'm one of five kids and we lived on a massive farm in New South Wales with my mum and dad." - Abbie Cornish

"It's about getting a more democratic Wales for the purpose of improving our economic performance, for improving the delivery of health care, for raising educational standards." - Ron Davies

"The moment seemed right to me for a full and, if possible, authoritative portrait of the life and character of the Prince of Wales." - Jonathan Dimbleby

"While I have corrected agreed factual errors, I have not been inhibited from writing what I felt to be the truth about The Prince of Wales." - Jonathan Dimbleby

"To me, growing up in South Wales, a pair of Diesel jeans were the thing to have - if you could afford them." - Luke Evans

"I lived in Wales back in 1982 and 1983. I studied journalism at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education just off Newport Road in Cardiff." - Simon Fowler

"To be honest, I think that I am a bit of a singer, coming from Wales; being Welsh, we are all very proud of our singing heritage." - Ioan Gruffudd

"I'm a Prince of Wales Trust ambassador, so I'm all about giving youth an education, a voice and a chance to not take the wrong road." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"From the big mountains in the north to the valleys in the south, all through my childhood and teenage years, my family would always holiday in Wales." - Luke Evans

"I spent my earliest years in Colwyn Bay in north Wales with my mother and grandmother, while my father was stationed with the RAF in India." - Terry Jones

"I suffer from vertigo. It's paralyzing in extreme situations. The most scared I've been as an adult was trying to conquer that fear by going climbing in Wales." - Hari Kunzru

"I believe that the Union Flag should change now to reflect the four nations of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales" - Ian Lucas

"I've spent a bit of time with the Prince of Wales, who I respect greatly. I'd give two cheers for the Monarchy." - Sting

"If I had my time again and was able to change one thing from my career then I wouldn't have retired. I would have played for Wales longer." - Gary Speed

"I would like to go back to Wales. I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there." - Anthony Hopkins

"I worked at the Steel Company Of Wales when I was 17. My job was to supply tools to the guys working the blast furnaces." - Anthony Hopkins

"I really see myself as a homegirl. Wales is my first home. London is my second home - I've been there 14 years now." - Katherine Jenkins

"My novels about medieval Wales were set in unexplored terrain; my readers did not know what lay around every bend in the road." - Sharon Kay Penman

"Introduced to this world in Llandyssul, Cardiganshire, Wales, November 14, 1843, I celebrated my first anniversary by landing at Castle Garden, in New York City." - Jenkin Lloyd Jones

"It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall, that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them." - Thomas Bulfinch

"When I moved to Wales more than twenty years ago and began to research 'Here Be Dragons,' I was fascinated from the first by the Welsh medieval laws, by the discovery that women enjoyed a greater status in Wales than elsewhere in Europe." - Sharon Kay Penman

"I can only drive slowly." "That's all right." "And I can only do left turns." Rose ran downstairs, grabbed a road atlas, and ran triumphantly back up again. "Wales is left! Look! It's left all the way!" - Hilary McKay

"For Irishmen, there is no football game to match rugby and if all our young men played rugby not only would we beat England and Wales but France and the whole lot of them put together." - Eamon De Valera

"It has become more important than ever that we teach students how to do research, and how to evaluate different sources of information. (Jimmy Wales, IB World, 68, Sept. 2013, p.10. )" - Jimmy Wales

"Nor do I think that any other nation than this of Wales, nor any other language, whatever may hereafter come to pass, shall on the day of severe examination before the Supreme Judge, answer for this corner of the earth." - Gerald of Wales

"As a fairly innocent teenager, growing up in a village in Wales, I just thought, "God, I would like to go and hang about Soho and write great poetry and try to avoid drinking myself to death."" - Andrew Davies

"She even learnt the language of a strange country which Senior Cosetti had been told some people believed still existed, although no-one in the world could say where it was. The name of this country was Wales." - Susanna Clarke

"Too many of the artists of Wales spend too much time talking about the position of theartists of Wales.There is only one position for an artist anywhere: and that is, upright." - Dylan Thomas

"Yet why repine? I have seen mansions on the verge of Wales that convert my farm-house into a Hampton Court, and where they speak of a glazed window as a great piece of magnificence. All things figure by comparison." - William Shenstone

"I would rather hear the pleased laugh of a child over some feature of my exhibition than receive as I did the flattering compliments of the Prince of Wales." - P T Barnum

"I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood - people stick together more." - Catherine Zeta-Jones

"I don't know, 'Zorro' was just so great for me because, knowing where I came from, everyone spoke Spanish to me, like, forever after that. And I'm, like, from Wales." - Catherine Zeta-Jones

"The first time I went to Wales I thought I'd landed in a land of hobbits. Everybody was really small and the houses were small and the writing was backwards." - David Hasselhoff

"I have got to say, I'm a businessman, I work in business, worked with some very large corporations around the world, and I have never seen a better operating machine than what the New South Wales right machine is." - Warren Mundine

"I was delighted that by campaigning throughout England, Scotland and Wales, addressing in all 39 public meetings, I had contributed to the victory of the Conservative Party at this general election." - Edward Heath

"When I was asked to write a message for your brochure I gladly accepted as I remember my first school tour of England was Wales. The experience proved extremely useful in my development of a cricketer." - Graeme Smith

"I remember saying to my husband, 'Why? Why have you got this lady around?' And he said, 'Well, I refuse to be the Prince of Wales who never had a mistress.'" - Princess Diana

"If you are sitting on the title of any block of land in New South Wales you can bet an Aboriginal person at some stage was dispossessed of it." - Paul Keating

"Put the car away; when life fails What's the good of going to Wales? Here am I, here are you: But what does it mean? What are we going to do?" - W H Auden

"I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do become your liege man of life and limb and of earthly worship and faith and truth I will bear unto you to live and die against all manner of folks." - Charles, Prince of Wales

"We in Wales see ourselves as a nation. We're not English. We're far from it. Yeah, we're part of the U.K. We've benefited from being members of the U.K." - Carwyn Jones

"The Rebecca Riots by David Williams is an unassuming book, but its significance is universal. The book and its author determined my life; they made me want to be a historian of Wales and of the world." - Kenneth O. Morgan

"Aristocracy is a relative thing. And there are plenty of out-of-the-way places where the son of an upholsterer is the arbiter of fashion and reigns over a court like any young Prince of Wales." - Marcel Proust

"Nor do I think that any other nation than this of Wales, nor any other language, whatever may hereafter come to pass, shall on the day of severe examination before the Supreme Judge, answer for this corner of the earth." - Giraldus Cambrensis

"Wales was in ancient times divided into three parts nearly equal, consideration having been paid, in this division, more to the value than to the just quantity or proportion of territory." - Giraldus Cambrensis

"On one night of my debut the Prince of Wales, the Princess, and the duchess of London came to see me. They loved me for what I was and what I gave them." - Lillie Langtry

"I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood - people stick together more." - Catherine Zetajones

"I came from a very, very small valley in the middle of South Wales. I grew up there with my father, who's a coal miner, and my mother worked in a normal factory." - Aneurin Barnard

"I was planning to stay in the Army all my life, but I ended up being posted to a training camp in Wales and was so bored there, I wrote a novel." - Antony Beevor

"I have - I have more than an interesting task in piloting Wales into our new democracy, without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else - I can assure of that." - Ron Davies

"My favorite movie is 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' with Clint Eastwood, a guy who gets his family killed by the bad guys then goes on a journey of revenge, eventually discovering himself - very existential." - Frank Grillo

"To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed." - Brian Harris

"I don't know, 'Zorro' was just so great for me because, knowing where I came from, everyone spoke Spanish to me, like, forever after that. And I'm, like, from Wales." - Catherine Zetajones

"I haven't become an American! Having a house in LA is just where the house is. It's just a convenience thing living there. I carry Wales around inside me. I'd consider moving back there one day. I never really left." - Tom Jones

"Wales was in ancient times divided into three parts nearly equal, consideration having been paid, in this division, more to the value than to the just quantity or proportion of territory." - Gerald of Wales

"If you make a film about a pig farmer in Wales and you are a huge hit as the pig farmer's wife, the next thing is you'll be asked to do a film about a sheep farmer in Scotland." - Kristin Scott Thomas

"The Bristol Channel was always my guide, and I was always able to draw an imaginary line from my bed to our house over in Wales. It was a great comfort." - Roald Dahl

"Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales, where we have a cottage in the mountains, and in Vermont, USA, with my sister - who is a children's writer married to a poet." - Anne Stevenson

"One of the greatest objections which families have to New South Wales, is their apprehension of the moral effects that are likely to overwhelm them by bad example, and for which no success in life could compensate." - Charles Sturt

"The staple of our Australian colonies, but more particularly of New South Wales, the climate and the soil of which are peculiarly suited to its production, - is fine wool." - Charles Sturt

"It is to be feared that those who emigrate to New South Wales, generally anticipate too great facility in their future operations and certainty of success in conducting them; but they should recollect that competency cannot be obtained without labour." - Charles Sturt

"The year 1826 was remarkable for the commencement of one of those fearful droughts to which we have reason to believe the climate of New South Wales is periodically subject." - Charles Sturt

"I have dual citizenship; it just so happens I live in America. I would like to go back to Wales. I'm obsessed with my childhood, and at least three times a week dream I am back there." - Anthony Hopkins

"I'm launching my own festival in South Wales. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. It's going to be held at Margam Park, because I wanted the venue to be as close to my home as possible." - Katherine Jenkins

"I was involved with the landmines before the Princess of Wales, and nobody gave a damn about people losing their limbs. It only became a success when she came along." - Joanna Lumley

"Even when I was Archbishop of Wales and working with new bishops, I used to say, not realising quite how true it was, 'One of the things you will do as a bishop is disappoint people'." - Rowan Williams

"I don't know how you get dressed if you live in Wales, because it's pouring rain and then it's hot sunshine, and then it might hail. It's just so confusing." - Piper Perabo

"Thatcher came under pressure from right wing backbenchers to shut up the Prince of Wales and there was a deal done between them where he did actually shut up in the end." - Anthony Holden

"I personally felt that his ad hominen attacks on British architects were not the sort of thing a Prince of Wales should be doing because, apart from anything else, they put various people out of business." - Anthony Holden

"Years ago I met Richard Burton in Port Talbot, my home town, and afterwards he passed in his car with his wife, and I thought, 'I want to get out and become like him'. Not because of Wales, because I love Wales, but because I was so limited as a child at school and so bereft and lonely, and I thought becoming an actor would do that." - Anthony Hopkins

"When the Prince of Wales [later King George IV] and the Duke of York went to visit their brother Prince William [later William IV]at Plymouth, and all three being very loose in their manners, and coarse in their language, Prince William said to his ship's crew, "now I hope you see that I am not the greatest blackguard of my family." - Horace Walpole

"Do you miss Wales?" Tessa inquired. Will shrugged lightly. "What's to miss? Sheep and singing," he said. "And the ridiculous language. Fe hoffwn i fod mor feddw, fyddai ddim yn cofio fy enw." "What does that mean?" "It means 'I wish to get so drunk I no longer remember my own name,' Quite useful." - Cassandra Clare

"One girl, actually, in the UK - it was a really small show in Wales - a girl came up to me and said that because of one of my songs she was still alive. She"d decided not to commit suicide. It was a really emotional moment." - Lights

"You don't sound very patriotic," observed Tessa. "Weren't you just reminiscing about the mountains?" "Patriotic?" Will looked smug. "I'll tell you what's patriotic," he said. "In honor of my birthplace, I've the dragon of Wales tattooed on my-" "You're in a charming temper, aren't you, William?" interrupted Jem, though there was no edge to his voice." - Cassandra Clare

"Do you miss Wales?" Tessa inquired. Will shrugged lightly. "What's to miss? Sheep and singing," he said. "And the ridiculous language. Fe hoffwn i fod mor feddw, fyddai ddim yn cofio fy enw." "What does that mean?" "It means "I wish to get so drunk I no longer remember my own name," Quite useful." - Cassandra Clare

"From the 15th century to 1688, England and Wales, like Scotland, had been peripheral kingdoms in the European power game, more often at war with each other that with Continental powers, and - except under Oliver Cromwell - scarcely very successful on those occasions when they did engage the Dutch, or the French, or the Spanish." - Linda Colley

"These developments - a massive transfer of land by way of inheritance and purchase, an unprecedented rise in the profitability of land and increasing intermarriage between Celtic and English dynasties - helped to consolidate a new unitary ruling class in place of the more separate and specific landed establishments that had characterised England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the Tudor and Stuart eras." - Linda Colley

"One girl, actually, in the UK - it was a really small show in Wales - a girl came up to me and said that because of one of my songs she was still alive. She'd decided not to commit suicide. It was a really emotional moment." - Lights

"The Montefiores have taken Australia for their own, and there is not a gold field or a sheep run from Tasmania to New South Wales that does not pay them a heavy tribute. They are the real owners of the antipodean continent. What is the good of our being a wealthy nation, if the wealth is all in the hands of German Jews?" - Will Hughes



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