In a quote the famous English writer Samuel Johnson (1709-84) – who was often referred to as Dr. Johnson – summed up his view on the difference between a Frenchman and an Englishman:
“A Frenchman must be always talking, whether he knows anything of the matter or not; an Englishman is content to say nothing when he has nothing to say.”
Clarke, Stephen. 1000 Years of Annoying the French. London: Black Swan, 2010.
The German-Jewish journalist and writer Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935) once tried to point out the differences between the English, French and Germans by stating as follows:
“People in England want something to read, the French something to taste, and the Germans something to think about.”
Watson, Peter. The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century. London: Simon & Schuster, 2010.