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By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

The insanity of consumption bothers me. Talk about the opiate of the masses. It ain't religion anymore. It's stuff.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

Why do we wear them? They're so painful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 threat to the human race that we have ever faced.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 made by poor people in poor countries that we sell our children who have too much?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

I ask Laurie it it's possible to get trained fish. Lindsay says this is how we know I've never produced a movie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

If you can't fail then how can you possible develop as a communicator or as a creator of anything? We are locked into a deeply unhealthy notion that somehow you've got to succeed all the time. An appalling notion. Any painter or writer will tell you that that is no way to proceed. One of the things that will kill off a decent actor, especially a young actor early on and they will never recover from it, is too much success. It's disastrous. You stop being criticized, therefore you stop challenging yourself. You then can't afford to fail because there's too far to fall.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

We all need somewhere where we feel safe

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them. I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enables you to live, to do something. And sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Emma Thompson

Sense and Sensibility signs litter Devon -- arrows with S & S on. Whenever Ang [Lee] sees a B & B sign he thinks it's for another movie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I've never been on the cover of Empire. I'm very bitter. I've got an award but now I feel sad and cross.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 are you creating if you allow civil society in Africa to die and create millions upon millions of orphans? Where are they going to go? What kind of cults, what kind of militias, what's going to happen? The accession of violence in those countries, the possibility of that, to me is very terrifying.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 the Lambeth Walk. She said: “The only thing I could do was write. I used to crawl from the bedroom to the computer and just sit and write, and then I was alright, because I was not present. “Sense and Sensibility really saved me from going under, I think, in a very nasty way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

Press conference [on the movie Carrington] yielded the usual crop of daftness. I've been asked if I related personally to Carrington's tortured relationship with sex and replied that no, not really, I'd had a very pleasant time since I was fifteen. This elicited very disapproving copy from the Brits ... No wonder people think we don't have sex in England.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

Well, I met Sandy Bullock at an awards thing a couple years ago, and she said to me, “If I were gay, you’d be the one.” I said, “I’m there!”

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

It doesn't matter how good the movie is. What matters is what it takes during the opening weekend. It's slightly distressing sometimes but that's how it works.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

Without the ice, the earth will fall

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

If there's a role you're playing and there's a great deal of material to explore because the person was real then it's a completely different preparation time and message to playing someone fictional.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think that the Bible as a system of moral guidance in the 21st century is insufficient, to put it mildly. I feel quite strongly that we need a new moral lodestone if we can't rely on what is inside our own selves. Which I think, actually, is pretty reliable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 for a lot of people, particularly for a lot of women.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Emma Thompson

My godfather sad that story was abut taking the chaotic jigsaw of life, making it into a picture and putting a frame around it so that we could look at it, have control over it. Story and art are the humanizing elements of us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

[Fighting Climate Change] is important for every single person on the planet, which is why it has to be the greatest grassroots movement of all time. This is the battle of our lives. We're fighting for our children.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

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, and all the things that one has to make decisions about.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

[Over breakfast] We discussed the 'novelisation' question. This is where the studio pay someone to novelise my script and sell it as Sense and Sensibility. I've said if this happens I will hang myself. Revolting notion. Beyond revolting. Lindsay [Doran] said that the executive she had discussed it with had said 'as a human being I agree with you -- but ...' I laughed until my porridge was cool enough to swallow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 day. I think there's some notion that poor people lie about all day not doing anything. 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

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 distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Qur'an and I refute them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Emma Thompson

Edward finds Elinor crying for her dead father, offers her his handkerchief and their love story commences. Ang [Lee] very anxious that we think about what we want to do. I'm very anxious not to do anything and certainly not to think about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I understand what it's like to come with your family, and to uproot yourself and come to another culture. You need a lot of support. People say, 'She's got her daughter; she's got her husband.' Yeah, but she hasn't got anyone else.