Noel Coward Quotes

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Bed is the perfect climate.
— Noel Coward
Work is much more fun than fun.

work work & play

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
— Noel Coward

music

It's amazing how potent cheap music can be.
— Noel Coward
Television is for appearing on, not looking at.
— Noel Coward

television

Success took me to her bosom like a maternal boa constrictor.

success

Do I believe in God?  Let's say we have a working relationship.

God

Time is the reef upon which all of our frail mystic ships are wrecked.

time

Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.
— Noel Coward

wit

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

virtue honesty

Wit is like caviar; it should be savored in small elegant proportions, and not spread about like marmalade.

wit

Having to read a footnote resembles having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love.

footnotes

Criticism and Bolshevism have one thing in common. They both seek to pull down that which they could never build.

criticism

People are wrong when they say that opera is not what it used to be. It is what it used to be. That is what is wrong with it.
— Noel Coward

opera

The day when I shall begin to worry is when the critics declare: 'This is Noël Coward's greatest play.' But I know they bloody well won't.
— Noel Coward

critics

It isn't difficult, you know, to be witty or amusing when one has something to say that is destructive, but damned hard to be clever and quotable when you are singing someone's praises.

praise

Consider the public. Never fear it nor despise it. Coax it, charm it, interest it, stimulate it, shock it now and then if you must, make it laugh, make it cry, but above all never, never, never bore the living hell out of it.
— Noel Coward

theater

Consider the public. ... Never fear it nor despise it. Coax it, charm it, interest it, stimulate it, shock it now and then and if you must, make it laugh, make it cry, but above all ... never, never, never bore the living hell out of it.
— Noel Coward

the public