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Topic: Canada Quotes - Famous Canadian Quotes, Quotations,Sayings
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
Pierre Berton
Attributed.

A Canadian is sort of like an American, but without the gun.
Anonymous

After all, we fought the Yanks in 1812 and kicked them the hell out of our country - but not with blanks.
Farley Mowat

Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
J. Bartlet Brebner

America's attic.
Patrick Anderson

As far as I'm concerned, I wouldn't want to go to any other country. It's good enough here.
Orviel Kruse

As we enter our centennial year we are still a young nation, very much in the formative stages. Our national condition is still flexible enough that we can make almost anything we wish of our nation. No other country is in a better position than Canada to go ahead with the evolution of a national purpose devoted to all that is good and noble and excellent in the human spirit.
Lester B. Pearson

Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad.
Arnold Edinborough

Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.
Richard Benner

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.
Pierre Trudeau

Canada is a place of infinite promise. We like the people, and if one ever had to emigrate, this would be the destination, not the U.S.A. The hills, lakes and forests make it a place of peace and repose of the mind, such as one never finds in the U.S.A.
John Maynard Keynes

Canada is an interesting place, the rest of the world thinks so, even if Canadians don't.
Terence M. Green

Canada is one of the planet's most comfortable, and caring, societies. The United Nations Human Development Index cited the country as the most desirable place in the world to live. This year a World Bank study named Canada the globe's second wealthiest society after Australia.
Time magazine

Canada is probably the most free country in the world where a man still has room to breathe, to spread out, to move forward, to move out, an open country with an open frontier. Canada has created harmony and cooperation among ethnic groups, and it must take this experience to the world because there is yet to be such an example of harmony and cooperation among ethnic groups.
Valentyn Moroz

Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world.
Winston Churchill

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.
Marshall McLuhan

Canada's national bird is the grouse.
Stuart Keate

Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not to state directed - something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.
Paul Kopas

Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian.
Richard Staines

Canadians do not like heroes, and so they do not have them.
George Woodcock

Canadians don't deal with the same kind of health care problems and traumas we face. They have a health care system based on treating hockey injuries and curing sinus infections that come from trying to pronounce French vowels.
P. J. O'Rourke

Canadians don't have a very big political lever, we're nice guys.
Paul Henderson

Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians.
Helen Gordon McPherson

Canadians were the first anti-Americans, and the best. Canadian anti-Americanism, just as the country's French-English duality, has for two centuries been the central buttress of our national identity.
Jack Granetstein

Canadians, like their historians, have spent too much time remembering conflicts, crises, and failures. They forgot the great, quiet continuity of life in a vast and generous land. A cautious people learns from its past; a sensible people can face its future. Canadians, on the whole, are both.
Desmond Morton

For many years Canada has held an obscure place among the countries of the globe. Our borders have been pictured as the abode of perpetual snows, and our people as indifferent, easy-going, indolent. But change is taking place.
Charles R. Tuttle

For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say "Canada". Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.
Sandra Gotlieb
Wife of Canadian ambassador to U.S.

God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them!
Anonymous

I always thought of this as God's country.
Jack Granatstein

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.
John Diefenbaker
From the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960

I am deeply moved by the warmth and courage of the Canadian people which I felt so strongly during my recent visit to your country. Your support of the struggle against apartheid restored me in my journey home and reassured me that many just people around the world are with us.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

I am rather inclined to believe that this is the land God gave to Cain.
Jacques Cartier
Referring to what would be called "Canada"

I am so excited about Canadians ruling the world.
John Diefenbaker

I don't even know what street Canada is on.
Al Capone

I just think you Westerners should take over this country if you are so smart.
Pierre Trudeau

I read and learned and fretted more about Canada after I left than I ever did while I was home. I absorbed anything I could on topics that ranged from folklore to history to political manifestos... I ranted and raved and seethed about things beyond my control. In short I acted like a Canadian.
Will Ferguson

If the general attitude of Canadians toward their mighty neighbor to the south could be distilled into a single phrase, that phrase would probably be "Oh, shut up." The Americans talked too much, mainly about themselves. Their torrid love affair with their own history and legend exceeded - painfully - the quasi-British Canadian idea of modesty and self-restraint . . . They were forever busting their buttons in spasms of insufferable yahoo pride or all too publicly agonizing over their crises.
Bruce McCall

If you don't believe your country should come before yourself, you can better serve your country by livin' someplace else.
Stompin' Tom Connors

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.
Bill Clinton

In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.
Stuart Keate

In only a century and a quarter since Confederation, Canadians have shaped out of the North American wilderness one of the most privileged societies on the face of the earth. Ranking among the seven most prosperous nations in the world, Canada is rich not only in the abundance of our resources and the magnificence of our land, but also in the diversity and the character of our people. We have long been known as one of the most tolerant, progressive, innovative, caring and peaceful societies in existence.
George Radwanski and Julia Luttrell
The Will of a Nation: Awakening the Canadian Spirit

It is the task of the rising generation of Canadians to create a new confidence and a new sense of cultural and civic duty in Canada. Unless we achieve some success on this front, and I believe we are beginning to do so, the very real attractions of the vigorous society to the South of us may attract too many of our able people. Then the human resources and skills required to shape and direct a complex industrial economy will simply not be available to us in Canada.
Mitchell Sharp

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.
Emily Carr

It's going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it.
Andrew H. Malcolm

Keep Canada beautiful. Swallow your beer cans.
Anonymous

Many Canadian nationalists harbour the bizarre fear that should we ever reject royalty, we would instantly mutate into Americans, as though the Canadian sense of self is so frail and delicate a bud, that the only thing stopping it from being swallowed whole by the US is an English lady in a funny hat.
Will Ferguson

Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.
Pierre Trudeau

The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off its own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees.
June Callwood

The Canadian is not an American - at least, not entirely, not yet.
Alistair Horne

The Canadians of those days, at least, possessed a roving spirit of adventure which carried them further, in exposure to hardship and danger, than ever the New England colonist went, and led them, though not to clear and colonize the wilderness, yet to range over it as coureurs de bois, or runners of the woods, or, as Hontan prefers to call them, coureurs de risques, runners of risks.
Henry David Thoreau

The crisis of Canada today is the combination of economic problems facing us and the increasing impotency of governments that lack either the will or the resources to do much about it. The tragedy of Canada today is that just when we need a country that's pulling together in common cause, we have one that keeps finding new ways to pull itself apart.
Angus Reid

The huge advantage of Canada is its backwardness.
Marshall McLuhan

The reigning Miss Canada has been arrested for punching out another woman in a bar fight . . . Quite frankly, I think it's refreshing to finally find one beauty pageant winner who is against world peace.
Jay Leno

The romantic life of each colony also has a special flavour - Australian rhyme is a poetry of the horse; Canadian, of the canoe.
William Douw Lighthall

The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend... and sometimes we'd like to give them such a smack!
Rick Mercer

There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.
Winston Churchill

Fuddle Duddle.
Pierre Trudeau
A euphemistic substitution for "fuck" or "fuck off". Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau caused a minor scandal when opposition MPs claimed he had mouthed the words "Fuck off" to them in the House of Commons in February 1971. Pressed by journalists, Trudeau later unconvincingly stated he may have said (or mouthed) "fuddle duddle or something like that." Trudeau likely got the word "fuddle duddle" from the official Hansard transcript of his words for that parliamentary session. The Hansard reporter couldn't make out (or chose not to record verbatim) what Trudeau had mouthed, and chose to write down the now-infamous phrase instead. The phrase then took on a humorous connotation for Canadians.

Until I came to Canada I never knew 'snow' was a four letter word.
Alberto Manguel

Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and illiterate sport fishermen.
P. J. O'Rourke

Vive la Canada. This country is not for sale.
Don Sweet

We are lucky to live in a country as rich as ours. To break it apart would be asinine in the highest degree.
Barry Gerding

We are tremendously proud of our cultures, heritage and achievements and we will continue to break new ground. I am proud to be a Canadian and I hope you are too.
Philip K. Lee

We have it all. We have great diversity of people, we have a wonderful land, and we have great possibilities. So all those things combined there's nowhere else I'd rather be.
Bob Rae
Then Ontario Premier

We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege.
Pierre Trudeau

We shall be Canadians first, foremost, and always, and our policies will be decided in Canada and not dictated by any other country.
John G. Diefenbaker

We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us.
Andy Barrie

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie... and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs.
Anonymous

When I was there I found their jokes, like their roads - very long and not very good, leading to a little tin point of a spire which has been remorselessly obvious for miles without seeming to get any nearer.
Samuel Butler

When I'm in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like.
Jane Fonda

Whether we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; strong in the conviction that the destiny of Canada is to unite, not divide; sharing in cooperation, not in separation or in conflict; respecting our past and welcoming our future.
Lester B. Pearson

With or without the Royals, we are not Americans. Nor are we British. Or French. Or Void. We are something else. And the sooner we define this, the better.
Will Ferguson

You Canadians have given us such hope to carry on. We admire your bravery. You are the neighbour of such a rich, powerful country, and yet you don't mind clashing with them. Well, that gives us more confidence.
Pedro Gutierrez

You look at the history -- the aboriginal people welcomed the first settlers here with open arms, fed us and took care of us ... that continues today, we welcome people from all nations to come in and share.
Peter Stoffer
 


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