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British girls are as temperamental as Americans. ...
by Ivor Novello

British girls are as temperamental as Americans.
- Ivor Novello

The cinema is an institution nowadays,
with its roots sunk deep in the hearts of the millions
of people who find enjoyment and entertainment in going to the pictures.
- Ivor Novello

Behind the footlights there is always the applause,
which stimulates the actors.
On the screen it is a different matter.
- Ivor Novello

A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself.
It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening;
it gives a change from the surroundings of home,
however pleasant.
- Ivor Novello

 

You cannot isolate yourself from the crowd -
even if you want to.
- Ivor Novello

There's something Vichy about the French.
- Ivor Novello

We were asked to believe that the variety and the novelty
of even the crude films of the early days would provide
a means of entertainment which would cut out the stage.
- Ivor Novello

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Every blessed one of you feels better for that burst of laughter.
- Ivor Novello

There are very few misanthropes, thank goodness!
- Ivor Novello

Things which do not require effort of some sort are seldom worth having.
- Ivor Novello

After the war, in which I served as a pilot in the Air Force,
I took up films.
- Ivor Novello

The beautiful heroine might be thinking,
How long must I bury my face on this wretched man's
shoulder? Such is not the always the case,
but quite often it is.
- Ivor Novello

The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness,
the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.
- Ivor Novello

The crowd may be influenced easily, largely because it is a crowd.
- Ivor Novello

The inconvenience, the glaring lights,
the long hours of waiting, and the repetition of every
scene are all calculated to defeat anything more than
a real mastery of love technique.
- Ivor Novello

It has been argued that British girls are incapable
of deep feeling or brilliant acting owing to their lack of temperament.
This, I am positive, is not true.
- Ivor Novello

When the cinematograph first made its appearance,
we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered.
- Ivor Novello

The average person is gregarious; there is something
in the spirit of the crowd that adds to the enjoyment of entertainment.
- Ivor Novello

I began my career with infantile dreams of becoming a composer.
- Ivor Novello

Love-making is an art which must be studied.
- Ivor Novello

A couple of seats at a good picture house cost comparatively
little but give a generous return in the shape of freshened
minds and freedom from the worries that even the best
regulated homes cannot always avoid.
- Ivor Novello

Television, they say, will permit a person to be entertained at home,
without the effort of going to a picture house,
without the trouble of booking seats,
without the presence of other people.
- Ivor Novello

There is an atmosphere about the picture theatre that
speaks of entertainment and relaxation.
The charming surroundings, good music,
and the fact that each visitor is determined to enjoy
a few hours of holiday all exert an influence on the mind.
- Ivor Novello

Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable
if playing the part of lovers to an audience.
It is equally true that sympathy between actors who
are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere.
- Ivor Novello

Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different
from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
- Roland Joffe

We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally's
strategic independence from Europe.
- Richard Perle

No, men and women of the Irish race,
we shall not fight for England.
We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire
and the construction of an Irish republic.
- James Larkin

There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance;
its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine,
there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
- Robert Trout

We embrace policies that have, first and foremost,
the continued survival of the British people at their core,
and in that respect I think we are beyond left and right.
- Steve Blake

I know the British people and they are not passengers -
they are drivers.
- David Cameron

We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British
consumers will have access to the Internet,
whether it be through a personal computer,
a set-top box or a mobile phone.
- Richard Branson

If you do a story about a British journalist rescuing a child from Sarajevo,
then Sarajevo just becomes an exotic location,
and the story's about this British journalist.
- Michael Winterbottom

British actors behave like Europeans;
they are also extremely well trained.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu
way of life similar to that of the British at the time
the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.
- Louis Leakey

I don't think the British carry a historical consciousness either.
- Tom Paulin

If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British
theatre would cease to exist.
- David Soul

I'm actually going in to ER as the new British intern.
- Parminder Nagra

Working on the accent helped, enormously.
I will tell you that when I brought Michael a correct "British" accent,
one that my dialect coach was happy with,
he hated it.
- Madeleine Stowe

When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain,
sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles,
- but never England.
- George Mikes

We went to the British Museum, and I was looking up my family in the books -
pages and pages on it.
- Nicholas Lea

Usually, certainly British singers, adopt an American
accent when they sing and I think that usually people
are thinking of somebody else,
but I just think of very specific people.
- Jane Horrocks

I'd rather do theater and British films than move to
LA in hopes of getting small roles in American films.
- Kate Winslet

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

Once, when a British Prime Minister sneezed,
men half a world away would blow their noses.
Now when a British Prime Minister sneezes nobody else
will even say 'Bless You'.
- Bernard Levin

The British government says that for Sinn Fein to be
involved in talks the guns must be left at the door.
- Martin McGuinness

The parallel development in American blues to the British
movement has resulted in Johnny Winters.
- Alexis Korner

As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity,
and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
- Alistair Cooke

You British plundered half the world for your own profit.
Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.
- Paddy Chayefsky

My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial
possession where class and race were very important.
- Sidney Poitier

However British you may be, I am more British still.
- Henry James

The reason is that a military defeat of Britain will
bring about the disintegration of the British Empire.
This would not be of any benefit to Germany.
- Franz Halder

The Irish and British, they love satire,
it's a large part of the culture.
- Ben Nicholson

I went over before the British Open and played Valderrama
thinking that I might make the team,
might be a captain's pick.
I made the effort to go over there.
- Payne Stewart

In 1973 we moved to the British Isle of Man,
and I put my first band together for one year,
named Melody Fair.
- Andy Gibb

I was determined that no British government should
be brought down by the action of two tarts.
- Harold MacMillan

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev.
He had a wonderful influence.
- Ninette de Valois

Were British protesters, armed with little more than
a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers,
really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire?
- Mark Thomas

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience,
but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil,
Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
- Bernard Cornwell

I was never too keen on the British music press.
They've called us a supermarket hype,
and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
- Freddie Mercury

The British do not expect happiness.
I had the impression, all the time that I lived there,
that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
- Quentin Crisp

British fashion is self confident and fearless.
It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant
flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.
- Alexander McQueen

The British keep employing me, and that makes me like them.
It also makes me think they're very intelligent.
- John Cusack

My unbeaten record and the 10 British Open wins have not been equalled.
- Jahangir Khan

I am certainly not racist; I even like the British.
- Giorgio Moroder

I received an OBE from the Queen, which probably doesn't
mean anything in America but is quite nice in England -
the Order of the British Empire for services to drama.
- Joan Collins

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
- Michael Caine

I wil not compare the education of an ancient Spartan
with that of a British nobleman.
- Thomas Day

The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.
- Queen Elizabeth II


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