Top Quotes by Miriam Margolyes

Communication is something we all take for granted.

Miriam Margolyes

Mummy was absolutely the rock in my life. It was not that I didn’t love my father; he was such a quiet man, and she was not. She was the most vivid person I have ever known. She was accomplished and brave and fearless. She used to say to me, ‘I want you to be able to talk to anyone about anything.’

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I’m not a comedian, but I do make people laugh. I’m good at it.

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Home is wherever I hang my hat.

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Nobody likes Jews. You can’t say people like Jews. We’re not popular. We’re too smart to be liked. But it has been unacceptable to express anti-Semitism since the Holocaust.

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I think life is sweeter shared; and if anything were to happen to my partner, I would find it really hard without her because she’s the perfect person for my life.

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I don’t have a very positive attitude towards rappers.

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Israel is stupid for allowing people to vent their anti-Semitism.

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I want a comfortable old age and to be looked after – I have arthritis – and money is a factor.

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What most infuriates me is the cell phones. If I see someone texting during the show, I walk off the stage.

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Being in Australia makes me happy. My partner is Australian, and my home is in Australia, and it’s ridiculous not to be Australian – it’s a logical step to take.

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One of the worst things about ageing is the waning of your physical powers. I live in a house with 64 stairs, and I cannot run up and down them any more; my knee has conked out.

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People tend to think I’m funny and fluffy, but I can switch on a sixpence from extreme happiness to utter despair. I’m aware that doesn’t make it easy for people sometimes.

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I really have fallen in love with myself.

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What’s the difference between herpes and love? Herpes is forever.

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The curious thing is that I embraced homosexuality with as much joy and delight as I’ve embraced everything else in my life.

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My father was a doctor, so I thought I was going to be a doctor, too, but I couldn’t do maths; I couldn’t do science. I was hopeless at chemistry.

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The main fear about growing old as an actor is not losing the looks. I never had any to speak of, and what I had I’ve still got, but losing the memory is another matter.

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As I get older, people do come up to me just to give me a hug.

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Unfortunately, I don’t know many black people.

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People who were gay were pitied and ridiculed by my parents – they had no modern sense of people being allowed to be who they were.

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I think all actors get scared because we’re frightened to disappoint.

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I may have a talent for acting, but I am incapable of doing anything else.

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The first piece of property that I bought was in Tuscany in 1973.

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While researching my ancestry I have unearthed many skeletons. It would seem that I come from a long line of ne’er-do-wells, especially on my mother’s side.

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I love political cartoons from the 19th century, and whenever I complete a piece of acting work that I’m particularly proud of, be it a film or play, I treat myself to a picture by caricaturist James Gillray.

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Old people have a much better time in India because they’re respected.

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I wouldn’t consider retiring to India: there are too many people, and it’s difficult walking along the pavements. I’d love to spend two or three months a year there.

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I have a class prejudice – against the upper class, which is foolish.

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If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, I would say, ‘Lose weight.’

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I’ve been fat my whole life and pretended I don’t mind. But I do mind. It’s really stupid that I’ve gone on being greedy and fat.

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I’m going to be 75 in May. How can I have lived this long and not know anything?

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I still miss my parents every day; I adored them. And when you have no children, friends are even more important to you.

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I don’t for a second regret my closeness to them because they were wonderful, golden parents who gave me so much confidence.

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I used to get into bed with my mother every morning, almost until she died, and talk about everything. She was my closest confidante always. I had no secrets from her.

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Although my parents both liked her, they just didn’t approve of a same-sex relationship. Nowadays, people say that you must let children be what they are, but when I was growing up, the parents defined the child – and my parents had a definite vision of how they wanted me to be.

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My feeling is that the English are naturally anti-Semitic.

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I don’t like religion.

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I’m a silly little needy person sometimes, and I crouch in a room all alone and think of all the people that I wish were with me.

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Confidence was the backbone of my upbringing. I was an only child, so I was spoilt, loved, and given an enormous amount of confidence by my parents.

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There’s a strong melancholic streak in me.

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My mother died of a stroke in 1974, and for a long time, I blamed myself. She was utterly devastated when I told her I was a lesbian not long before.

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My vocabulary is vast and expert, and I don’t think I overuse any word.

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Glenda Jackson called me an amateur in 1976 when we were in a play, ‘The White Devil.’ I’ve never forgiven her.

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I had a very good kiss from Bob Monkhouse once. I thought, ‘If I was straight, I would go for Bob.’

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I have no secrets. I decided very early on in life that the strongest position was to be completely open.

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Sydney has taken my money, Melbourne has my respect, but Adelaide has taken my heart; I shall return.

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My home in Adelaide was the Adina Hotel.

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Adelaide’s charms are compelling. It’s not a huge place; the size is manageable, the traffic absurdly light.

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People seem comfortable with me. And maybe that’s got a lot to do with shows like Graham Norton. You just tell it like it is on those programs.

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I do say things possibly other people don’t say. So I shouldn’t be too surprised when they are picked up.

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I enjoy finding the right word and giving each its full measure, its full space in a sentence.

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