Jane Austen’s new £10 note and the worst quotes to use on currency

New £10 note

How the new £10 note will look, complete with picture of Jane Austen, and a quote from Pride And Prejudice

While it is lovely indeed to see Jane Austen on the back of the new plastic, scratches-your-fingers-when-you-get-it-out-of-your-pocket £10 note, it is a shame that the quote the Bank of England has used is so rubbish.

The quote is “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” which on the surface seems like an excellent sentiment. Reading is great, and there should be more of it about the place. Yay reading.

The problem is that the quote comes from Pride And Prejudice and is spoken by Caroline Bingley, who is trying to bag Mr Darcy – a man – and pretending to share his interests, which include reading, swimming in most of his clothes, and looking like Colin Firth.

But it is not the first time a quote has been snaffled and used out of context to honour somebody. The motto for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, for example, is “Above us only sky”, which comes from the former Beatle’s Imagine, and is a reference to there being no such thing as Heaven, which is a cause for some debate.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport logo
The logo for Liverpool John Lennon Airport: The Archbishop of Canterbury might have something to say about it

And so it falls to us at Dave to make a short list of the least appropriate quotes to be used in the event that various cultural luminaries are chosen to appear on banknotes…

JK Rowling

“Tired of walking in on Harry, Hermione, and Ron all over the school, Professor McGonagall had given them permission to use the empty Transfiguration classroom at lunchtimes.” (from Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire)

David Bowie

“Ha ha ha, hee hee hee. I’m a laughing gnome and you don’t catch me.” (from The Laughing Gnome)

Roald Dahl

“So I’ve killed him.” (from Lamb To The Slaughter)

Sir Paul McCartney

“Bom, bom, bom. Aieeya. Bom, bom, bom. Aieeya” (from We All Stand Together)

Nick Hornby

“Pint of gold top, please” (from note to milkman)


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