Joanna Lumley quotes

Born
1 May 1946, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, British India.

Occupation
Actress, model.

Joanna Lumley is an English actress.

I can’t see any difference in having your hair dyed, your teeth fixed, your nose done, or your face smoothed out or lifted.
– Joanna Lumley
There is something so quiet and so industrious, something so Viking about the Scots.
– Joanna Lumley
I cut my hair myself and colour it. I know everybody in the hairdressing business despairs of me, but it’s so much easier to do it yourself.
– Joanna Lumley
I switch off lights like a maniac. I drive at reasonable speeds so that I don’t waste petrol.
– Joanna Lumley
I cut the labels out of my clothes because they scratch. Clothes are just little workhorses, aren’t they?
– Joanna Lumley
If the Gurkhas can’t live in Britain, then I don’t want to, either.
– Joanna Lumley
I never mind scrubbing floors, vacuuming or bending and carrying stuff. Each time I do it I think, this is instead of going to the gym.
– Joanna Lumley
In Kenya you’ve got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It’s a chance to remember what the world is really like.
– Joanna Lumley
I was once kissed on the lips by a giraffe, and I don’t think I’ve ever got over it.
– Joanna Lumley
NASA space scientists have been studying giraffe skin so they can apply what they learn from it to the construction of spacesuits.
– Joanna Lumley
I can’t cut out a piece of cloth and make a lovely dress, but I can mend tears in shirts and sew on buttons.
– Joanna Lumley
I’m not terribly good at three-page recipes – I tend to skip bits – or anything that involves marinating things in juniper berries.
– Joanna Lumley
If your family loves you, you’re fine. What you can’t grow up without is love.
– Joanna Lumley
If you’re an enthusiast and you love the world like I do, it comes naturally. But I think charity must become more fun to give, more interactive and imaginative.
– Joanna Lumley
I find it a great antidote… lipstick and mirrors and hairspray.
– Joanna Lumley
I have never felt the constraints of social acceptability.
– Joanna Lumley
If you haven’t understood that if you are born you die, you scarcely deserve to be able to be alive.
– Joanna Lumley
I love a cardboard coffin. Both Mummy and Daddy went off in cardboard coffins, painted – Daddy’s was rifle green. Beautifully made.
– Joanna Lumley
It’s not often you get to hang out with someone you’re really intrigued by. So when Will.i.am invited me to visit him at home, I couldn’t resist.
– Joanna Lumley
I’ve never felt the constraints of social acceptability.
– Joanna Lumley
I’ve looked forward to being older because you will have that many more miles covered. We mustn’t be led into thinking getting old is bad. Growing old is good.
– Joanna Lumley
I admire politicians. It is a really tough assignment, and I would fall at the first fence.
– Joanna Lumley
There was one ‘crime’ during the whole time I was at school, when a fountain pen went missing. Stealing just didn’t happen. I was taught not to shoplift, not to steal, not to behave badly. We weren’t even allowed to drop litter.
– Joanna Lumley
I am mean as cats’ meat about handbags: mine don’t ever look chic. I always prefer bags that aren’t made of leather.
– Joanna Lumley
As soon as you reach a certain age, you’re thrown onto a kind of mental scrap heap.
– Joanna Lumley
It’s an incredibly difficult thing to bring a giraffe down. They can kill a lion with a single blow from their feet.
– Joanna Lumley
Way back in the 1970s, I was eating a steak, and I looked down, and for the first time it suddenly looked like flesh to me – like a dead creature. In a flash, I realized that every time I ate any kind of meat, something had been killed for me, and I stopped eating all animals, not just cows and pigs but chickens and fish.
– Joanna Lumley
You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque. Charity is almost the wrong word – I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world.
– Joanna Lumley
Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons. Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense. It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama.
– Joanna Lumley
The press have given me affairs I’ve never had and killed a few I did have. After a while, you learn.
– Joanna Lumley
Giraffes are completely tranquil – they have no predators as adults because there’s not an animal in the jungle stupid enough to go for them.
– Joanna Lumley
Nobody tells you Rwanda looks like Tuscany with its tiled roofs.
– Joanna Lumley
Buy an atlas and keep it by the bed – remember you can go anywhere.
– Joanna Lumley
I used to panic and get rattled when I was young, but as I’ve got older, I’ve started literally to live day to day. With age, you work out what matters.
– Joanna Lumley