Noël Coward

English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)

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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
I can take any amount of criticism as long as I can consider it unqualified praise.
I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.
I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age -- which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
I've sometimes thought of marrying, and then I've thought again.
Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.
My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.
Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.
That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
The higher the building the lower the morals.
The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.
There's always something fishy about the French.
When you feel your song is orchestrated wrong, Why should you prolong your stay? When the wind and weather blow your dreams sky-high, Sail away, sail away, sail away!
Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.
Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.
Work is more fun than fun.
Your motivation? Your motivation is your pay packet on Friday. Now get on with it.

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