Quotes with tag:
I was a terrible English student.
English football is so physical and fast that when you see a space, you have to go into it with all your speed.
I grew up listening to English music.
I enjoy the reaction I get in the U.S.A. when people discover I have an English accent. They don’t expect that, and it’s kind of a kick.
Seeing The English Patient is wonderfully draining, but imagine acting in it for six months.
People are always saying, English, English, English rose, and I just feel so completely different.
When I speak English, I’ve been told, I have this patrician way of speaking that’s very irritating. It’s the whole class thing.
I first went to Barcelona in 1975 after university, and I stayed for three years. I learnt Catalan because that’s what everyone speaks in the mountains. They speak English to foreigners, but what people say to each other is much more important than what they say to you.
I was very priggish as a child. I saved up for a book on medieval English nunneries, for which I was despised by my friends.
Dickens belongs to the English people.
I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people because they didn’t understand her English, because she was Chinese.
Writing about our gods in English is unnatural, but I believe language is just a carrier – a means to an end.
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
Nothing in my younger life could have told me I would have needed to know how to speak English.
I get work because I’m primarily a novelist but I’ve become script doctor. I can work back and forth between French and English.