04/07/2012 05:40 BST | Updated 03/07/2013 19:46 BST

Happy Fourth Of July! 40 Funny Quotes About America

Happy Independence Day, American friends! And just to prove that there's no hard feelings, we'd like to help you celebrate in true British style. Namely, by employing sarcasm and irony. (Just kidding - we know you invented both those things.)

So from Stephen Colbert to Winston Churchill, we've rounded up 40 of the greatest, funniest things ever said about the US of A. They include quotes from Brits like Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry, Americans like Mark Twain and Lily Tomlin, and strange foreign types like Marlene Dietrich, Georges Clemenceau and Clive James.

Because if there's something that unites the world, it's the desire to have a little pop at America - in the fondest possible way, of course...