Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries

Quotes: Barry Humphries

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    Although there were many who did the dirty on him in the envious world of letters, Stephen* never let any of them live rent-free in his brain.
    Source: My Life as Me: A Memoir
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    Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift... the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.
    Source: Op Broadway in Dame Edna Back With A Vengeance 2004
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    And so I set these things down before the onset of the first of a thousand small physical degradations as, in a still-distant suburb, Death strides whistling towards me.
    Source: My Life as Me: A Memoir
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    I really feel sorry for kids who aren't interested in history - recent history, either, because it is this that made us what we are.
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    I've played Beckett. I put on in the 1950s the first Australian production of 'Waiting for Godot.' I played Estragon. The most interesting conversation I've had about Beckett was with a Dublin taxi driver.
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    In Edna, I created a satiric portrait of my hometown of Melbourne, a large provincial English city paradoxically in far Southeast Asia. She's a theatrical figure, related to vaudeville in some respects. She inhabits a world in which there are comparatively few female exponents of comedy.
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    Most of my contemporaries at school entered the World of Business, the logical destiny of bores.
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    My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more.
    Source: More please
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    New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.
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    Now the point of comedy is not just looking funny, it's use of language. We have at our disposal a great language... and the imaginative, creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.
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    Oddly enough, Dame Edna is not interested in show business. Her friends in Los Angeles are mostly in the world of petroleum. She used to have some acting friends. Sadly, Joan Rivers has passed on. Larry Hagman was a close friend. A number of others.
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    People only watch my shows for me, and those shows have remained evergreen long after the guests are forgotten.
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    Political correctness means nothing to me. Nothing. It's the new Puritanism, darling. Preventing us from expressing ourselves.
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    Sex is the most beautiful thing that can take place between a happily married man and his secretary.
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    There is no more terrible fate for a comedian than to be taken seriously.
    Source: My Life as Me: A Memoir
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