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 Louis XVIII once said...

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.]

In Possession Quotes, by Louis XVIII , Source: said in 1783 when he was Comte de Provence during period of Montgolfier aeronautical experiments

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