Quotations by Coward, Noël


The Stately Homes of England,
How beautiful they stand,
To prove the upper classes
Have still the upper hand.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
“The Stately Homes of England” (1938)

Satire on Felicia Hemens, "The Homes of England" (1849).
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You ask my advice about acting? Speak clearly, don’t bump into the furniture and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
(Attributed)


Quoted in Dick Richards, The Wit of Noël Coward (1968): "Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture."

Also attributed to Spencer Tracy.

 

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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
Private Lives, Act I (Amanda) (1930)
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BUNTY: It’s such fun, being reminded of things.
NICKY: And such agony, too.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
The Vortex, Act 1 (1924)
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How foolish to think that one can ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
Diary (3 Jun 1956)
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As one gets older one doesn’t feel quite so strongly any more, one discovers that everything is always going to be exactly the same with different hats on.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) English playwright, actor, wit
Letter (1959)
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More frequently paraphrased (as in The Film Daily in 1964): "As one gets older, one discovers everything is going to be exactly the same -- with different hats on."
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