Emma Thompson Quotes


27 Emma Thompson quotes:



"I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word -- politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit."
"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?"
"Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening."
"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."
"Children don't need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear."
"I don't have technique because I never learnt any."
"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."
"My worst quality is impatience."
"Tell him I mind having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort."
"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."
"The way, I think, anything has ever really changed on this planet is through large groups of very ordinary people saying something finally."
"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."
"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."
"We belabour, I think, under a very heavy crust of consumerism really."
"What was important was trying to create something that families could watch together and enjoy together."
"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."
"I think if you took charities and NGOs out of the mix, certainly in developing countries, you would find that there would be huge trouble immediately."
"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."
"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."
"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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