I remember when our whole island was shaken with an earthquake some
years ago, there was an impudent mountebank who sold
pills which (as he told the country people)
were very good against an earthquake. Joseph Addison In The Tatler, no.240, 21 Oct.
Possibly the symbol for America is the Frontier The corresponding
symbol for England is the Island The central symbol for
Canadais undoubtedly Survival, la Survivance. Margaret Eleanor Atwood Survival: a Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature,
Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for
a man's footprint. Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm Zuleika Dobson, ch.2.
We shall not flag or fail.We shall go on to the end.We shall fight in
France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall
fight with growing confidence and growing strength in
the air, we shall defend our island whatever the cost
may be.We shall fight on the beaches, weshall fight
onthelanding grounds, weshall fight inthe fields and in
thestreets, we shall fight inthehills.We shall never surrender. Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill Speech in the House of Commons,4 Jun, after the
This island rock in space turns flowering endlessly To peaks of cloud
still mounting where you took Your last high
passage and your faltering luck. Cicero full name MarcusTullius Cicero 'Elegy for Kurt Porjescz, Missing in Action,1
If it was ever intended that I should go across salt water, doyou suppose
Providence would have cast my lot inan island? CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens Miss Pross. A Tale of Two Cities, bk.1, ch.4.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a
part of the main. John Donne Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation
And as the moon rose higher the unessential houses begantomelt awayuntilgradually
Ibecameaware ofthe old island here
that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyesa fresh, green
breast of the new world For a transitory
enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the
presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic
contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to
face for the last time in history with something
commensurate to his capacity for wonder. F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, ch.9.
Here is the heart of our island: the Chilterns, the North Downs, the South
Downs radiate hence. The fibres of England unite in Wiltshire, and did we condescend to worship her, here
should we erect our national shrine. E(dward) M(organ) Forster The Longest Journey, ch.13.
From the lone shieling of the misty island Mountains divide
us, and the waste of seas Yet still the blood
is strong, the heart is Highland, And we in dreams
behold the Hebrides! Fair these broad
meads, these hoary woods are grand; But we are exiles
from our fathers' land. John Galt 'Canadian Boat Song', a translation from the Gaelic
attributed to Galt,
published in Blackwood's Magazine, Sep. It has also been
attributed to Walter Scott.
Then, beneath the nine-tailed cat Shall they who use
it writhe, sir; And curates lean,
and rectors fat, Shall dig the
ground they tithe, sir. Down with your
Bayleys, and your Bests, Your Giffords, and
your Gurneys; We'll clear the
island of the pests, Which mortals name
attorneys. 1st Baron 'A Radical War Song', stanza 8. The names are those
of lawyers and judges
who figured in the trial of the Cato
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of
wonder. Joseph MacInnis Quoted by Donald
Grant in The Globe and Mail, 8 Nov1986.
systems! Away with a corrupt world! Let us breathe the air of
the Enchanted island.Golden lie the meadows; golden run
the streams; red gold is on the pine-stems. The
sun's coming down to earth, and walks the fields and the
waters. The sun is coming down to earth, and the
fields and the waters shout to him golden shouts. George Meredith The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, ch.19.
Jeder Engl a« nder ist eine Insel. Every Englishman is
an island. Novalis pseudonym of Friedrich von Hardenberg Schriften, II, Fragmente.
Theactionoftheplay takesplace onanisland intheWest Indies as not yet
self-determined by White Mariners. The form of native
government is, for the time being, an Empire. Eugene Gladstone O'Neill The Emperor Jones, scene direction.
Just seehow well shegoverns! She is onlya woman,
only the mistress of
half an island, and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by
France, by the Empire, byall! SixtusV originally Felice Peretti Of Elizabeth I. Quoted in L von Pastor The History
of the Popes (edited by
Kerr R F,1932), vol.22, p.34.
In a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, At the sea-down's
edge between windward and lee, Walled round with
rocks as an inland island, The ghost of a
garden fronts the sea. Algernon Charles Swinburne Poems and Ballads (2nd edn),'A Forsaken Garden'.
And little Revengeherself went down by the island crags To be lost evermore
in the main. Tennyson 'The Revenge', stanza14, l.118^19.
Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a
nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a
distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mist of
time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.
Margaret HildaThatcher, Baroness Thatcher General election campaign speech, Bolton, 2 May.
Your daughters, I hope, will be married to Americans, and not in this
dirty, despicable little island. Horace, 4th Earl of Orford Walpole Letter to Lady Ossory,11 Dec. InW S Lewis (ed)
Selected Letters of