Funny Belgians Quotes

C. JoyBell C.
“When you walk into a chocolate store, suddenly the most difficult decision you will ever have to make in your life, is which chocolates to pick! It is pure torture! Especially when you are in Belgium surrounded by Belgian chocolates!”
― C. JoyBell C.

Lawrence M. Krauss
“I like to say that while antimatter may seem strange, it is strange in the sense that Belgians are strange. They are not really strange; it is just that one rarely meets them.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Daniel O’Malley
“With the sort of power these new processes granted them, the members of the brotherhood were in the perfect position to seize power. In any other country, a massive, bloody war would have ensued. Horrors would have stalked the land, unholy amalgamations of flesh would have fought on the fields, and the nights would have new, unspeakable terrors.
Fortunately, this is Belgium we’re talking about.”
― Daniel O’Malley, The Rook

“Belgium is the best remedy against patriotism.”
― Geert van Istendael

Hugo Claus
“[…] zoals zij in de bus op weg naar Wierenbeke achter de chauffeur had gezeten met al het verdriet van Belgie in haar ogen.”
― Hugo Claus, Het verdriet van België

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Belgium, where there occurred one of the rare appearances of the hero in history, was lifted above herself by the uncomplicated conscience of her King and, faced with the choice to acquiesce or resist, took less than three hours to make her decision, knowing it might be mortal.”
― Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August

Erik Larson
“As Wilson mourned his wife, German forces in Belgium entered quiet towns and villages, took civilian hostages, and executed them to discourage resistances. In the town of Dinant, German soldiers shot 612 men, women, and children. The American press called such atrocities acts of “frightfulness,” the word then used to describe what later generations would call terrorism. On August 25, German forces bean an assault on the Belgian city of Louvain, the “Oxford of Belgium,” a university town that was home to an important library. Three days of shelling and murder left 209 civilians dead, 1,100 buildings incinerated, and the library destroyed, along with its 230,000 books, priceless manuscripts, and artifacts. The assault was deemed an affront to just to Belgium but to the world. Wilson, a past president of Princeton University, “felt deeply the destruction of Louvain,” according to his friend, Colonel House; the president feared “the war would throw the world back three or four centuries.”
― Erik Larson, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

C. JoyBell C.
“I’ve always liked Belgian waffles, but I must say, I didn’t think I would one day be having Belgian waffles in Belgium! I just sort of POOF found myself there and there I was with a gigantic Belgian waffle in my hands, standing on a sidewalk in Belgium!”
― C. JoyBell C.

“La rue est une musée pour tous!”
― Hergé

“La quantité de critiques reçues concernant tout sujet est inversement proportionnelle à la valeur exacte du sujet”
― Louis Joseph Antoine De Potter, Histoire Philosophique, Politique Et Critique Du Christianisme Et Des Eglises Chr Etiennes: Depuis J Esus Jusqu’au 19. Silecle, Volume 7…

Nicolas de Potter
“Appartenir à une patrie, c’est aussi s’engager pour le siècle où l’on y vit (source: émission sur la Russie sur Arte le 28/02/2012). Nos démocraties ne valent que par les hommes qui les servent. Elles ne sont donc jamais parfaites mais elles reposent sur un socle inamovible. Le passé renforce le présent et les pas hésitants qui conduisent à ce présent trouvent le chemin de l’avenir. TELL ME WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE”
― Nicolas de Potter, Louis de Potter. Révolutionnaire Belge en 1830.

“I also liked they Belgian brewers are notoriously rebellious and mock Americans’ obsession with categorizing beers by style; I saw them as arrogant expressionists ensnared with creation, not categorization.”
― Lucy Burningham

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