Emma Thompson quote

"~I'm strict about manners. I think that kids have a horrible time with other people if they have bad manners.... The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.~"

Emma Thompson

Born: April 15, 1959

Occupation: Actress

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When you buy Fairtrade products you can guarantee that the farmers who have worked hard to grow them get a minimum price. Fairtrade is a way of giving regular support - and enjoying delicious high quality...

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Piracy is our only option.

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Got up this morning and could not find my glasses. Finally had to seek assistance. Kate [Winslet] found them inside a flower arrangement.

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There's an awful lot of misunderstanding here about what being poor actually means. I don't think people understand that being poor means you have to work from dawn until dusk just to survive through the...

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Girlfriends are vital ... Maggie [Gyllenhaal] and I will always see each other when Maggie's in London or I'm here. We'll always make time to sit and catch up properly.

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I think it's [the AIDS fight] the most important and most pressing one - I think it's a global emergency and I think in a way we all have to address it and engage with it because I think it's the biggest...

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I think we're creating a situation that's incredibly dangerous. There's a lot of chat at the moment about the war on terror and whilst there are many causes for acts of terrorism, what kind of society...

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It's not funny at all that we do all that advertising for children. Why is advertising for children allowed? What possible reason can there be for having those effing adverts on TV for all this crap that's...

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Is love a fancy or a feeling.... or a Ferrars?

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The films I've made for children have been my hardest work, my best, because kids deserve the best.

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I`ve realized that in all the great stories, even if there`s a happily-ever-after ending, there`s something sad.

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Constantly worrying about your reflection and criticizing your body, shape and size is an act of violence against yourself.

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

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A lot of very beautiful women can be a pain because all they're thinking about is how they look.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Maybe I don't take myself so seriously any more. And I don't care how I'm judged. I'm past all that.

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I do think that despite my best efforts to resist it, I am now a grown-up. It's due to lots of very difficult decisions that you make over a long period of time - about motherhood, wifehood, and work,...

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

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British aren't really known for their physical loveliness but firemen, generally speaking, are gorgeous.

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You can't imagine what satisfaction can be gotten from throwing a pie into someone's face.

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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.

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

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When husbands and fathers leave, their wives and daughters tend to value themselves less as a result.

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Sometimes I get to put on posh frocks and be Madam Glamour, the vendor of my wares. My lovely friend Kath, a stylist, puts me into things I'd never dream of. But my real life is very different. It's very,...

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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.

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I was brought up by very witty people who were dealing with quite difficult things: disease and death... I was brought up by people who tended to giggle at funerals.

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

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Film is so much to do with perfection and how differently you can feel about someone at the beginning of the film and the end of the film.

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I don't have technique because I never learnt any.

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I have to write for everyone. What really fascinates me is how you make films or make stories that can genuinely be shared by different groups.

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My worst quality is impatience.

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Sometimes you'll have some things, and sometimes you'll have other things. And you do not need it all at once; it's not good for you.

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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.

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There is that thing about not working with animals and children - I don't think that's true. Although you should never work with donkeys.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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During an election, it's like they're doing my job: they're going around banging the drum for their party and selling their movie. You know, it's the same thing.

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I don't mean being famous is a perk, because one knows that it's not necessarily a perk, but there are certain perks to being well-known and respected in one's field. Public perks. Like, I don't know,...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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If you're actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you'll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.

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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.

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It's not my fault that there is this gap between rich and poor, it is the fault of governments. I want a different world. One where I don't wake up thinking I'm so lucky to be able to feed my daughter.

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London has always been a haven for victims of cruelty, and been improved by them. Yet I can see it changing now. Outsiders are demonised, there are little bits of legislation, people are scared.

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My mother has never approved of high heels. As a result, I have never been able to walk in high heels - and they were all I ever wanted. So of course, my daughter has two pairs.

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The only way you can have it all is by delegating all the running of the home to other people - which I don't ever want to do... So you do it yourself, and it takes time and energy and effort. And if you...

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The thing that influenced me most in relation to 'Nanny McPhee' were the Westerns I watched with my father. All the Spaghetti Westerns; all the Virginians; all the High Chaparrals. Because if you think...

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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.

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This morning, I went to wipe my hands on a tea towel, and while I was using it, it seemed like it felt a bit light. I unfolded it and realized my daughter had cut little bits out of it to make frocks for...

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Laughter is a celebration of our failings. That's what clowns are for. And that's what I am.

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There is a painful difference between the expectation of an unpleasant event and its final certainty.

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

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The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it.

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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...

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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...

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You can't be a great mum and work the whole time necessarily; those two things aren't ideal. We have an awful lot to work on and to debate about in relation to our working lives, because it isn't working...

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We've got people looking at our seamy side and our sad side a lot of the time because that's easier. It's much more difficult to make a film about happiness with lots of jokes in it.

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I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enable you to live.

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I'm an atheist. I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It's not enough to say that I don't believe in God. I actually regard the system as...

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Difficult for actors to extemporise in nineteenth-century English. Except for Robert Hardy and Elizabeth Spriggs, who speak that way anyway.

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I present the nominees, well, not me the Voice of God, for Best Screenplay.

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I am who I am, and there is nothing I can do about that.

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Children are much more understanding of the suddenness and arbitrariness of death than we are. The old fairy tales contain a lot of that, and we've stolen from them, just as they stole from Greek myth,...

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We have to reinvest, I think, in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power.

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We must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days are in fact here for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save...

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I think my first bout of that was when I was doing me and My Girl, funnily enough. I really didn't change my clothes or answer the phone, but went into the theatre every night and was cheerful and sang...

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Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.

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What was important was trying to create something that families could watch together and enjoy together

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We belabour, I think, under a very heavy crust of consumerism really

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Once you're a mom, you've been split into two people. It's like Peter Pan and his shadow.

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Without the ice, the earth will fall

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Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

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Anyone who tries to deny #ClimateChange looks a little bit bonkers.

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We all need somewhere where we feel safe

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Just write. It doesn't matter what you write. Just sit at your desk and write.

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Marianne Dashwood looks at gray skies and sees blue. That's all very well, and it's not something you ever want entirely to lose. But you must lose a little of it; otherwise you're going to get wet.

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It’s about time a 55-year-old British woman is the heroine of an action movie. I may have to write it.

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