Canada Quotes

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Jon   Stewart
“I've been to Canada, and I've always gotten the impression that I could take the country over in about two days.”
Jon Stewart

Peter Singer
“To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Rick Riordan
“Here's a tip, Alyconeus. Next time you choose the biggest state for your home, don't set up base in the part that's only 10 miles wide.
Welcome to Canada, idiot.”
Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune

Michael Ondaatje
“I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of pre-occuopation.”
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Britney Spears
“I get to go to overseas places, like Canada.”
Britney Spears

Craig Ferguson
“Canada is not the party. Its the apartment above the party.”
craig ferguson

“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 G. Diefenbaker

Sara Gruen
“How is it that everyone on this train has so much alcohol?"
"We always head to Canada at the beginning of the season," she says taking her seat again. "Their laws are much more civilized. Cheers.”
Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

Adam Rex
“Can I see some ID?"


Doug stiffened. Jay sounded crazy. Doug tried looking extra sane to even things out.”
Adam Rex, Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

Rebecca McNutt
“Mandy would much rather have imaginary friends who were real than real friends who were imaginary.”
Rebecca McNutt, Smog City

Patrick Califia-Rice
“ body has become
another country
and I feel like an unemployed
illegal alien
how will I survive
where I do not belong
I belong with you”
Patrick Califia-Rice

Rick  Mercer
“In the United States I have always believed that there was a big difference between Conservative and stupid. Boy is it getting harder to prove that one by the minute.”
Rick Mercer

“Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver.”
Gilles Vigneault

Craig Ferguson
“It 's the time of year when Canadians mate.”
Craig Ferguson

Sarah McLachlan
“Oh darkness, I feel like letting go.”
Sarah McLachlan

Sarah Vowell
“Because of the "city upon a hill" sound bite, "A Model of Christian Charity" is one of the formative documents outlining the idea of America. But dig deep into its communitarian ethos and it reads more like an America that might have been, an America fervently devoted to the quaint goals of working together and getting along. Of course, this America does exist. It's called Canada.”
Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates

“It's a sort of piss-take on culture, because a drag queen is a clown - a parody of our society. It's a sarcastic spoof on culture, which allows us to laugh at ourselves - but in a way that is inclusive of everyone.”

Adam Rex
“What part of Canada are you from, honey?"

"THE LEFT PART," said Jay.”
Adam Rex, Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

“It has been our experience that American houses insist on very comprehensive editing; that English houses as a rule require little or none and are inclined to go along with the author's script almost without query. The Canadian practice is just what you would expect--a middle-of-the-road course. We think the Americans edit too heavily and interfere with the author's rights. We think that the English publishers don't take enough editorial responsibility. Naturally, then, we consider our editing to be just about perfect. There's no doubt about it, we Canadians are a superior breed! (in a letter to author Margaret Laurence, dated May, 1960)”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

Margaret Atwood
“Every Canadian has a complicated relationship with the United States, whereas Americans think of Canada as the place where the weather comes from.”
Margaret Atwood

Rebecca McNutt
“Yeah, you’re right about having entire rooms full of film and photos… in that Sydney Mines house I have a darkroom, I have boxes of film and home movie footage… I have a few projectors, I have piles of Kodachrome slides… I like photographs. The world is always running away from society and the only way to keep the stuff that’s happened in the past is by taking photographs, I can keep memories of things alive with photographs,” Alecto responded. “People say that a time machine can’t be invented, but they’ve already invented a device that can stop time, cameras are the world’s first time machines… The steel mill, the coal mines, the train tracks, the smog in the sky, I’ve been able to rescue it on super-8 and Kodachrome, and no one can remediate those photographs, I can keep them as long as I want to.”
Rebecca McNutt, Smog City

Annie Proulx
“By January it had always been winter.”
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

“To survive the Canadian winter, one needs a body of brass, eyes of glass, and blood made of brandy.”
Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce Lahontan

“North of the 49th parallel we value equality; south of it, they treasure freedom.”
Michael Adams
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Jan Wong
“Living in China has made me appreciate my own country, with its tiny, ethnically diverse population of unassuming donut-eaters.”
Jan Wong, Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now

“For [Stephen] Harper, a national daycare plan bordered on being a socialist scheme, a phrase he had once used to describe the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. For [Paul] Martin, whose plan would have transferred to the provinces $5 billion over five years, the national program was what Canadianism was all about. "Think about it this way," [Martin] said. "What if, decades ago, Tommy Douglas and my father and Lester Pearson had considered the idea of medicare and then said, 'Forget it! Let's just give people twenty-five dollars a week.' You want a fundamental difference between Mr. Harper and myself? Well, this is it.”
Lawrence Martin, Harperland: The Politics Of Control

Rebecca McNutt
“…I’m afraid of what the digital age will do to the world, to the things we think are important… it’s almost like people want to believe in some illusion that they’re robots and forget altogether that they’re real, living people… but everything these days is disposable, even people themselves, and that’s why I’m afraid for the world,” Mandy confessed, looking depressed and worried.

“So am I… but I’ll still watch all of it as the world dooms itself, because I want to see how it ends, and whether or not they’ll be intelligent enough to forget all of this digital illusion afterwards,” Alecto explained. “I’m sure that they’ll be able to realize how wrong it all is… even though the idiots outnumber most people these days, there are still enough intelligent people to fight against it.”
Rebecca McNutt, Smog City

Heather O'Neill
“I was always moved when mean people were suddenly nice to me. It was a weakness that would lead me into some bad relationships later in life.”
Heather O'Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals

Susanna Moodie
“When things come to the worst, they generally mend.”
Susanna Moodie, Roughing It in the Bush

Rebecca McNutt
“If you ever want to know how functional Canada's criminal justice system is, just know this: we released Vince Li, a man who stabbed, killed and ate body parts of a total stranger on a Greyhound bus, after only a few brief years, because he was deemed mentally ill. We have Karla Homolka, a woman convicted of aiding in the murders and rapes of multiple girls, including her own sister - Karla now volunteers at a public school around minor children. We also have Ashley Smith, a mentally ill and troubled minor child, arrested for throwing crab apples at somebody in what was more or less a stupid joke. Ashley Smith choked herself to death in prison after relentless isolation, torment and abuse. Canada is kind of tragically funny in this way - monsters walk among us on the streets, while kids have their childhoods eaten away by cracks in the system. Not a uniquely Canadian problem, but still a big problem.”
Rebecca McNutt

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