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.
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
"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.'"
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!" :)
Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them!"
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
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."
"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.
achieve some success on this front, and I believe we are beginning to
the very real attractions of the vigorous society to the South of us
attract too many of our able people. Then the human resources and
required to shape and direct a complex industrial economy will simply
available to us in Canada."
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."
"I had no idea Canada could be so much fun."
"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."
"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
vastness of this land. As Canadians we are continuously groping for an
and a sense of love for our nation. We grapple with the concept, find
somewhat distasteful and leave it for another day. We find American
waving, hand over heart while belting out Oh, say, can you see... too
avoid doing the same. We admire their national spirit, but Canadians
contrast, understated. To understand the identity that exists in our
think of our sweepingly majestic home, its quiet, serene beauty... a
recognizable to us all. We are proud of this nation and of who we are.
don't say it. It's like the map. It just sits there on the wall
lines of our coasts, the bulk of our waterways, and the breadth of our northern
Surveying all of this leaves me in awe. It brings a tear to my eye...O Canada..."
"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
A nice way to end this page is with the following flattering Canadian quotes:
"I always thought of this as God's country."
"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. "
"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."
"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.