Barry Humphries Quotes

At night, dead on eight, as I tapped away at my typewriter, I was interrupted by a curious humming noise. It was me singing under my breath, the overture to Oliver! a tune which has never completely flushed from the uttermost ventricle of my memory. Today, every time I do a new show it returns […]

New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human. (Dame Edna)

I invented Edna because I hated her. She was a silly ignorant, self-satisfied housewife. I suppose one grows up with a desire to murder one’s parents, but you can’t really do that. So I suppose I tried to murder them symbolically on stage. I poured out my hatred of the little people of their generation.

Australia is an outdoor country. People only go indoors to use the toilet, and that’s only a recent development. (Dame Edna)

In spite of the well known statistic that Australia has got more culture per square inch than a month old mango, there’s a type of ex-pat Australian journo who gets off on shafting his old mates back home, and, frankly, I wouldn’t piss in his ear if his brain was on fire. (Dame Edna)

To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one’s mother. There’s something a little unhealthy about it. (Dame Edna)

In fact, you could say that I’m one of Australia’s most successful exports, along with my bosom pal Clive James, a woman called Germaine Greer, (I’m kidding, darling) and the gorgeous Nicole Kidman. (Dame Edna)

There is perhaps, no more dangerous man in the world than the man with the sensibilities of an artist but without creative talent. With luck such men make wonderful theatrical impresarios and interior decorators, or else they become mass murderers or critics. (Dame Edna)

My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more. (Dame Edna)