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Emma Thompson Quotes and Sayings

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I don't have technique because I never learnt any.
- Emma Thompson

The fact is that young people are going to have sex
whether you like it or not.
- Emma Thompson

We belabour, I think, under a very heavy crust of consumerism really.
- Emma Thompson

My appearance has changed a lot over the years,
but it has far more to do with how I feel about being a woman.
- Emma Thompson

 

Any problem, big or small, within a family,
always seems to start with bad communication.
Someone isn't listening.
- Emma Thompson

My worst quality is impatience.
- Emma Thompson

If you don't want women to do whatever they need to
do then you must provide them with food,
you must provide them with shelter and their basic human rights.
- Emma Thompson

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Tell him I mind having to look pretty,
that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort.
- Emma Thompson

Indeed - judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine.
No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals.
- Emma Thompson

Children are the most wonderful audiences.
What's struck me most is that that they watch it so silently,
until the end when they shriek and shout and clap.
- Emma Thompson

What was important was trying to create something that
families could watch together and enjoy together.
- Emma Thompson

Its unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn't have to say this,
but I really like human beings who have suffered.
They're kinder.
- Emma Thompson

Children don't need much advice but they really do
need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.
- Emma Thompson

I don't think people understand that being poor means
you have to work from dawn until dusk just to survive through the day.
I think there's some notion that poor people lie about
all day not doing anything.
- Emma Thompson

I've a problem with the word charity because I think that NGOs,
as I prefer calling them, really do take the work of
moral and social responsibilities that ought to be taken on by governments.
- Emma Thompson

I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene
I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is,
of course, a typical scene from my daily life,
so isn't much of a stretch.
- Emma Thompson

I hate the way market forces try to separate us out
in to the appropriate demographic -
basically in order to sell us things.
We need to find stories that we can enjoy together,
not separately.
- Emma Thompson

I think that my work is my attempt, I suppose,
is to try and become a piece of connective tissue.
I'm trying to communicate with people here and in America -
in rich countries -
about what I see on the ground in badly affected areas.
- Emma Thompson

We need men and women to sit down and talk to each
other about sex honestly and openly.
That would help us fight Aids so immediately.
But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.
- Emma Thompson

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself.
I feel I've failed.
I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly.
I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me.
- Emma Thompson

I think the point about ActionAid is what it's asking
people to do is engage with poor people in developing
countries and understand what their lives are like
and understand how the way we live our lives impacts on theirs.
- Emma Thompson

But certainly in Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa,
people don't really talk about sex and certainly religious leaders -
some of them -
up to now have been very unwilling to accept,
for instance, the promotion of condom use.
- Emma Thompson

If you've got to my age, you've probably had your heart broken many times.
So it's not that difficult to unpack a bit of grief
from some little corner of your heart and cry over it.
- Emma Thompson

It is remarkable how many misconceptions there are
here about life in the developing world and I think
that that knowledge gap has done a lot to contribute
to the imbalance quite frankly.
- Emma Thompson

I have had lots of friends who've been affected by
Aids and a very good friend of mine,
Oscar Moore, died of Aids and I was with him in his last year quite a bit.
And of course he was a man living in a very rich culture
with a wealthy family who was able to afford health care.
- Emma Thompson

The trouble is it's very difficult to pin-point the
most important thing because Aids affects everyone
in different levels of society,
differently and you have to respond to it differently.
- Emma Thompson

And it's absolutely true that male sexual behaviour
and female responses to male demands change a lot when
they start communicating -
and the levels of the communication that I've seen on the ground in very,
very poor areas are so high and I think why don't we have that here?
- Emma Thompson

The Catholic Church - it's so difficult because I don't
want say anything offensive but it makes me very angry
that religious leaders from this faith have tried to
respond negatively to sexual education and to the promotion of condom use.
- Emma Thompson

A lot of people in my world - in the acting world -
have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because
its origin in our culture,
in New York for instance, was in the gay community.
- Emma Thompson

It was Noel Coward whose technique I envied and tried to emulate.
I collected all his records and writing.
- Kenneth Williams

Technique is the test of sincerity.
If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say,
it is of inferior value.
- Ezra Pound

In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our foe;
at such critical times,
unity of mind and technique is essential -
do not let your heart waver!
- Morihei Ueshiba

I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times
version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.
- Elia Kazan

I have played Dracula a thousand times on stage and
I find I have become thoroughly settled in the technique
of the stage and not of the screen.
- Bela Lugosi

I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing
technique as diligently as they possibly can,
because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me.
- Richard Thompson

I have no guitar technique.
- Warren Zevon

I don't feel that I have any great grasp of technique
that I should pass along to people.
- Carol Kane

The value of music is not dazzling yourself and others with technique.
- Herbie Hancock

Other composers have taken this particular technique
much further than I in the meantime,
with the result that the Law of Diminishing Returns has begun to apply.
- Brian Ferneyhough

If technique is of no interest to a writer,
I doubt that the writer is an artist.
- Marianne Moore

You need better technique than I have to play jazz,
but what you have to do is the same thing,
isn't it?
- Charlie Watts

I continued studying by myself in the field of jazz
with my own technique of improvisation,
walking bass lines, rhythms, all kinds of stuff,
which I created for myself.
- Miroslav Vitous

I used the best technique that I knew to protect my files.
- Wen Ho Lee

I never presumed that a technique of composition or
an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee
the quality of the music.
- Robert Morris

It's like when you want to make a house...
the technique is very important.
- Cecilia Bartoli

Technique is everything and we play a contact sport.
- Troy Vincent

By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique,
but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision.
- Bruno Walter

Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those
who have not mastered it.
- Leon Trotsky

Hemingway is terribly limited.
His technique is good for short stories,
for people who meet once in a bar very late at night,
but do not enter into relations.
But not for the novel.
- W. H. Auden

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 would be easier to say, what was the difference
in style from many years ago.
Many years ago, the old violinists, they also had a good technique,
they were not tonally as good.
- Ruggiero Ricci

You have actors who begin at a certain young age and
there's very little change in their technique and the
depth of their performances;
they're the same 30 years later.
- Alec Baldwin

Thus, the technique of metropolitan life is unimaginable
without the most punctual integration of all activities
and mutual relations into a stable and impersonal time schedule.
- Georg Simmel

Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied.
For what is useful above all is technique,
and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.
- G. H. Hardy

To me, the technique was almost irrelevant;
it was what was coming across.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Everything good that I know was taught to me by great
teachers and I feel like giving back and sharing the
technique is the thing to do.
- Betty Buckley

Just because people play songs with great technique
doesn't mean the records are better.
- Kenny G

I think the fundamental part of my technique is my vibrato.
- Robin Trower

Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director's
job to make it appear real...
an audience should not be conscious of technique.
- David Lean

I don't get wrapped up in technique and the like.
- Fay Godwin

Well, all I can say is thank goodness I had 15 years
of theater before ever I did film roles.
You build technique that you can rely on.
- Chris Cooper

At the beginning of all experimental work stands the
choice of the appropriate technique of investigation.
- Walter Rudolf Hess

I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition,
for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique,
etc.
- Jeff Vandermeer

Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion.
- Martha Graham

I succeeded on sort of chutzpah and charm.
No technique at all, didn't know what I was doing,
but it worked and the character suited me.
- Jeremy Irons

Of course, today at the Karolinska Institute,
I am working with some top experts -
even some Nobel prize winners.
They have the latest news and I have the technique.
- Lennart Nilsson

You know, comedy's hard.
With drama, you have a responsibility to the emotional truth,
but with comedy, you have emotional truth and you have technique on top of it.
- Julianne Moore

Acting classes, I guess, are good and I would like
to maybe sometime take one.
But I would feel like I was learning someone else's technique.
I like mine.
- Frankie Muniz

Lock it out so you can perform your movement,
disarm, or technique.
- Burton Richardson

I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use.
Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish
and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
- Lee Iacocca


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