It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
1941 Blithe Spirit.
The stately homes of England, How beautiful they stand, To prove the upper classes Have still the upper hand.Noël Coward
People are wrong when they say that the opera isn't what it used to be. It is what it used to be that's what's wrong with it!Noël Coward
The stately homes of England we proudly represent, We only keep them up for Americans to rent. Tho' the pipes that supply the bathroom burst And the lavat’ry makes you fear the worst It was used by Charles the First (quite informally), And later by George the Fourth on a journey north, The state apartments keep their historical reknown, It's wiser not to sleep there in case they tumble down; But still if they ever catch on fire Which with any luck they might, We'll fight for the stately homes of England.Noël Coward
Charles: Anything interesting in The Times ? Ruth: Don't be silly, Charles.Noël Coward
Hollywood is a place where some people lie on the beach and look up at the stars, whereas other people lie on the stars and look down at the beach.Noël Coward
Television is for appearing on, not looking at.Noël Coward
If by any chance a playwright wishes to express a political opinion or a moral opinion or a philosophy, he must be a good enough craftsman to do it with so much spice of entertainment in it that the public get the message without being aware of it.Noël Coward
Your motivation is your pay packet on Friday. Now get on with it.Noël Coward
I'll see you again, Whenever spring breaks through again.Noël Coward
[On the phone] "My dear Jim's dead...No dear, he jumped off Waterloo Bridge - Yes, the one next to Charing Cross - No, no, no that's Blackfriars."Noël Coward