The English, a spirited nation, claim the empire of the sea; the
French, a calmer nation, claim that of the air.
[Fr., Les Anglais, nation trop fiere
S'arrogent l'empire des mers;
Les Francais, nation legere,
S'emparent de celui des airs.]
Quotes, by Louis XVIII
, Source: said in 1783 when he was Comte de Provence during period of Montgolfier aeronautical experiments