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New Zealand Quotes


New Zealand Quotes

New Zealand Quotes

Some quotes about New Zealand by some famous personalities:


A great number of these quotes about this isolated nation can be quite insulting and derogatory.

American writer and author of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, Richard Bach, born in 1936 said:


“Anyone desperate enough for suicide...should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems: elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try.”


Said Robert Muldoon: “New Zealand was colonized initially by those Australians who had the initiative to escape”An anonymous quote went this way: “If an English butler and an English nanny sat down to design a country, they would come up with New Zealand”

But some can be quite complimentary:

English actor, Orlando Bloom, born in 1977 said: “I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be?”

The Queen of the United Kingdom and New Zealand, Elizabeth II has been quoted as saying: “I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”


It would appear though that those born or at least have spent a considerable amount of time in New Zealand have a more favorable, almost nationalistic, impression of the country.
Australian actor, Russell Crowe, born in 1964 in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand was quoted saying: “God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.”

He also said, “I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.”
And of course, how could anyone not talk about how prolific the sheep of New Zealand are and how they outnumber the New Zealanders?


Quoted from Irish playwright, essayist, literary critic, and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, George Bernard Shaw, “When George Bernard Shaw visited New Zealand a reporter asked him his impression of the place and, after a pause, Shaw is said to have replied: "Altogether too many sheep”

Writer, comic, and actor Barry Humphries, born in 1934 said: “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”

And still a few more can be a bit cryptic:

Quoted from Madeleine Albright, “I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.”

Quoted from Francis X. Clines:“Peter Utley, the newspaper's obituary editor cheerfully checked with Primrose Palmer, his assistant, on the day's soul traffic. The late archbishop from New Zealand sounded promising, it was agreed, but then again it was lunch time, and who knew what had been happening in some now-ending life.”

Quoted from Thomas Babington:“When some traveler from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St Paul's.”



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