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We’ve collected the best Brussels Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Nigel Farage, Andrea Leadsom, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Stromae, Marcela Valladolid. Use them as an inspiration.

I’ve always been the outsider. I’ve always been regarded as some extraordinarily dangerous figure. I’m none of those things! I’m just a middle-class boy from Kent who likes cricket and who happened to have a strong view about a supernational government from Brussels.
By cutting the red tape that comes out of Brussels, we will free our farmers to grow more, sell more, and export more great British food whilst upholding our high standards for plant and animal health and welfare.
Like broccoli, their closely related cousins, Brussels sprouts benefit from extremely high heat and browning, to the point of a near-char, in order to intensify their sweetness and bring out their unique nutty flavor without turning them overwhelmingly sulfurous.
When I listen to an American singer, I wanna listen to his music in his language, because he’s more spontaneous – he’s more natural – and I need his point of view. And our point of view here in Brussels is French and Flemish.
We do two things almost every week – either grilled steaks marinated in herbs or roasted chicken. There’s always a roasted vegetable, like Brussels sprouts or sweet potatoes or broccolini – whatever‘s in season.
I was very fortunate to grow up with parents who love to travel, so I traveled from a young age. My dad‘s a heart surgeon and goes to conferences all over the world. By the time I was seven, I traveled outside the country for the first time. We went to Paris. The next year, we went to London, and then Brussels.
In Brussels, you are able to have a lot of appointments in a day. In Paris, you can have one, two, maybe three, but you spend all your time on the road, in the car or in the suburbs. In Brussels, everything is easy. It’s not a very big city, and the people are very quiet and warm.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Brussels’ stance against Poland is not just… they should give more respect to the Poles.
I’m going to reduce the size of the Cabinet, cut the number of ministers, reduce the size of the House of Commons, campaign for a European Parliament with 100 fewer members, halve the number of political advisers, and abolish a huge swathe of Labour‘s regional bureaucracies and agencies and their offices in Brussels.
We must make it clear that our problem is not in Mecca but in Brussels.
I’m obsessed with broccoli, carrots, celery, string beans, snap peas, black kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage – I could go on! They used to call me ‘rabbit‘ when I was a kid. I hate mushrooms, though. I apologize to fungi lovers, but this way, there’s more for you!
My father drove a bus in Anderlecht and he took me to training every day in Brussels from when I was 11 to 18.
We have more and more rules coming out of Europe telling us what to do, and I think people are getting a bit fed up with it. This was supposed to be a common market. I don’t remember them ever saying we would be governed by Brussels and become a satellite of Europe.
I used to get very, very frustrated by people being told what to do by nanny in Brussels. And I remember once I rang the official who was actually responsible for banning the prawn-cocktail-flavoured crisp, which I think contained a dye called Arithrazine or something like that.
Brussels has become inefficient and very bureaucratic, which makes it slow to do things. The concept of the United States of Europe will never work.
They get the faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg who have ruled and told the Brits how to live and making promises for them that their lives would get better and talking about a future based on globalism versus family and individual and local community. That’s what Brexit was all about.
We want to make our own Netherlands, to close our borders and to keep all that money that we give to the foreigners, there is billions, to Africa for development, to Brussels, to Greece, to asylum seekers in the Netherlands, we will stop that and give all that money to the Dutch people living in the Netherlands.
I love peas and can happily tuck into a big bowl, but my favourite vegetables are Brussels sprouts. I talk about them so much that my fans call themselves Sam‘s Sprouts.
How can you compare my life to any other MEP? I mean, come on, it’s crackers, isn’t it? Look, other MEPs do five days a week in Brussels and pop home for weekends. I’m working seven bloody days a week, all the hours God sends. If you include the socialising, it’s over 100 hours a week.
I believe that transatlantic relations are very important and that President Bush‘s visit to Brussels, in a few days, will have a major impact on that.
The working class who toil everyday to pay their rent and put food on their familiestables are tired of being lectured by the fat cats in Washington and Brussels who preach what we need and when we need it.
Thinly slicing even the bulkiest vegetables, like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, or cabbage, then aggressively cooking them in a hot skillet and finishing with a shower of spices means they cook and develop flavor super quickly.
I want to highlight that Italy, every year, sends 6 billion euros in cash to Brussels. I cannot give these 6 billion euros to Brussels and then let them damage us on the fronts of agriculture, migration, fishing, commerce and finance. Why am I giving 6 billion to receive nothing in return?
The Withdrawal AgreementTheresa May’s flagship policy, devised and drafted by Brussels, endorsed and supported by the entire Government machinemarks the surrender and capitulation of our country. If it were to become U.K. law, it would represent a national humiliation.
In some of the great cities of Europe – Paris, Vienna, Prague, and Brussels – tourists bored with life above ground can descend below. All these cities have sewer museums and tours, and all expose their underbelly willingly to the curious. But not London, arguably the home of the most splendid sewer network in Europe.
Conservative and Labour governments have arguably championed British rights in Brussels so ostentatiously in order to deflect public attention away from their deference to Washington.
I’ve lived and worked in Brussels and New York at the U.N. and worked all over the world. I would jump on a plane and be in Kabul one week and then Dafur the next.
For 47 years, the U.K. has been forced to follow rules set by Brussels bureaucrats, many of whom have never set a foot on British soil.
My mother arrived in Brussels in 1938 from a small town near Krakow. But strangely enough, in 1942 or 1943, she was taken back to Auschwitz, which was just 30 miles from where she grew up. Her parents died there and a lot of her family.
Chantal Akerman
The EU will face problems similar to the US: an increasing gap between the citizens and decision makers in Brussels and a perceived or even real lack of democracy.
Boris Johnson‘s experience in life is telling a lot of porkies about the European Union in Brussels and then becoming prime minister.
As a wheelchair user, you can’t move about freely. That’s the only thing that bothers me a little. When I’m in the Euro Group in Brussels, colleagues who want to talk to me have to come to me. But I hope they know that this has nothing to do with arrogance.
As David Cameron so brutally found out in 2015-16, there is limited appetite in Brussels to be helpful or flexible towards Britain.
The Brits are perfectly capable of managing the Brits and don’t need Brussels telling them how to manage things.
Brussels sprouts are misunderstood – probably because most people don’t know how to cook them properly.
Around 10:30 or 11, I’ll make poached eggs and maybe some Brussels sprouts – kind of random, but delicious. Sometimes I’ll do bacon. I’ve been on a more fat/protein diet with fewer carbs and less saturated stuff, which has actually been feeling really good.
I grew up in Brussels.
If you want to get really crazy, Brussels sprouts love cured pork. Crisp up some bacon, pancetta, or chorizo in a skillet; save the crisp bits; use the fat to roast the sprouts; then toss them together with the meat when they come out of the oven.
A notorious network of violent Islamist hoodlums, concentrated in the rough-and-tumble district of Molenbeek in Brussels, has been operating in plain sight since the 1990s, planning, plotting and carrying out dozens of elaborate jihadi missions from Afghanistan to Algeria.
Brussels and its multifarious networks provide member states not just with trading access but also a guarantee of regular encounters, negotiations, contacts, informants, and alliances.
The EU should be concentrated on adapting to globalisation and global competitiveness, not building more powerful centralised institutions in Brussels.
The wedding ring on my left hand was bought by my grandfather, Samuel Miliband, in Brussels in 1920. I never knew him, as he died when I was one. But his ring was kept by my aunt until it was placed on my finger by my wife Louise 32 years later.
My grandparents were very well-educated people, but in the Jewish tradition. They knew everything about the Bible. And then they had to come to Brussels, to run away from Poland, because there was too much anti-Semitism. They lost everything they had.
Chantal Akerman
When I look at the chaotic and volatile debate right now, both in Germany and around the world, my impression and concern is that the daily barrage of proposals and political statements is making markets and consumers even more nervous. Still, Brussels is pressing for a joint European approach.
The people must have the opportunity to vote for the liberation from slavery and blackmail imposed by technocrats in Brussels to return sovereignty to the country.
I like digging around. I’m a real magpie. I used to raid the old music shops in the early ’50s in Paris and Brussels. You could pick up some incredible and often valuable music for almost nothing back then.
Richard Bonynge
The last thing an Englishman wants to hear is a man from Brussels trying to imitate his language – you want to hear a different point of view. You may not be able to understand the details, but you can understand the feeling.
My husband is the cook at our house. I can make dessert and salad, but I stay away from meals. He makes amazing omelets, fish, and grilled vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
My partner, Patrick, and I live in an old house in Belgium that was built in 1840 and is out in the countryside between Antwerp and Brussels.
My favorite meal would be a big piece of steak with salad and then Brussels sprouts and Jerusalem artichokes.
Brussels sprouts are really quite versatile.
There’s water on Mars, and there’s life beyond Brussels.
Moving from Rome to Brussels was hard.
I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with – dogs and cats, for example – from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts.
Hydrogen peroxide-based bombs were used in the London bombings in 2005; in al Qaeda’s foiled plot to attack subways in New York City in 2009 and also in the ISIS-directed Paris attacks in 2015 and the ISIS-directed attacks in Brussels a year later.