Canadian Quotes

This page highlights some famous Canadian Quotes spoken by well-known and not so well-known, as well as anonymous people. While some reveal the dubious Canadian identity, others bring a smile on your face or make your heart swell with pride if you live in this beautiful country.

Canadian Quotes

Funny Canadian Quotes

Under this category I'd like to especially point out to what two of my favourite Americans have to say about this country, namely Jon Stewart from the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report:

On Obama's first visit to Canada, this is what Jon Stewart had to say:
"Canada has world leaders sign their guest book?? Are you a country or a Bed and Breakfast?!" :)

He also said:
"I don't trust any country that looks around a continent and says, 'Hey, I'll take the frozen part.'"

Stephen Colbert said this on his March 30, 2009 show about Americans and narcissism:
"Thinking that other people might be better than you is what makes you Canadian, not American."

And Canada's own satirist, Rick Mercer from the Rick Mercer Report, said this:
"The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend... and sometimes we'd like to give them such a smack!" :)

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

Canadian Quotes & the Dubious Canadian Identity

The following Canadian quotes reveal the identity crisis Canadians are secretly dealing with:

"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

"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."

"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

"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

Canadian Quotes That Make Canadians Proud

Some Canadian quotes are special, because they were made by famous Americans, which makes Canadians extra proud, because whether they like to admit it or not, most Canadians do get excited when they get noticed by the Americans, and by people from other countries as well.

The following Canadian quotes make the Canadian heart swell with pride:

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

"I had no idea Canada could be so much fun."
-Bruce Willis

"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

"Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States."
-Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister from 1968 to 1979)

"I think every Canadian should have a map of Canada in his or her house. It should be displayed in a place where one can sit and contemplate the wonderful vastness of this land. As Canadians we are continuously groping for an identity and a sense of love for our nation. We grapple with the concept, find it somewhat distasteful and leave it for another day. We find American flag waving, hand over heart while belting out Oh, say, can you see... too much and avoid doing the same. We admire their national spirit, but Canadians are, in contrast, understated. To understand the identity that exists in our hearts, think of our sweepingly majestic home, its quiet, serene beauty... a beauty recognizable to us all. We are proud of this nation and of who we are. We just don't say it. It's like the map. It just sits there on the wall displaying the lines of our coasts, the bulk of our waterways, and the breadth of our northern territories. Surveying all of this leaves me in awe. It brings a tear to my eye...O Canada..."
-Debora O'Neil

"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."
-Sir Winston Churchill

"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

More Flattering Canadian Quotes

A nice way to end this page is with the following flattering Canadian quotes:

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

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

"Canada is a nation of people who came from somewhere else. "
-Microsoft Encarta 

"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."
-The Will of a Nation: Awakening the Canadian Spirit by George Radwanski & Julia Luttrell

"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 like a bird, it likes to soar freely."

May you get a pretty good idea of this country through these Canadian quotes. Do explore other sections of this Web site to get an even deeper knowledge of Canada... it's certainly worth it, if you want to immigrate to this country.

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