Quotation by Freya Stark

I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn't got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don't believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.
Freya Stark (1893–1993), British travel writer. letter, Feb. 19, 1944, to Field-Marshal Lord Wavell, written in Los Angeles. Over the Rim of the World: Selected Letters, ed. Caroline Moorehead (1988).

"One ought not to make sweeping statements about countries one doesn't know," Stark added, "but a people that prides itself on monotony deserves it."
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