National stereotypes

GK Chesterton, The defendant: A Spanish nobleman, when commanded by the King to receive a high-placed and notorious traitor, said: ‘I will receive him in all obedience, and burn down my house afterwards.’
Pepys’ Diary: My Lord told me that among his father’s many old sayings that he had writ in a book or his, this is one: that he that doth get a wench with child and marries her afterward it is as if a man should shit in his hat and then clap it upon his head.

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