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Joyce Grenfell

  • There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.

    • Joyce Grenfell,
    • in The Observer ()
  • ... ideas are never scarce; it is only one's panic sense of limitation that blocks the way.

  • I have a theory that I did most of my observing probably before I was twenty, stored it, and am still drawing on it.

  • I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same. Giving and receiving — not giving and taking.

  • He's a professional musician. I mean, he can do it even when he's not in the mood.

    • Joyce Grenfell,
    • "Shirley's Girl Friend," "Stately As a Galleon" ()
  • Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos.

    • Joyce Grenfell,
    • "Eng. Lit.," "Stately As a Galleon" ()
  • Let me give freely lest my giving take / With it freedom. Not the frailest strand / Of obligation must go with my gift ...

    • Joyce Grenfell,
    • "Sonnet" (1940), in Reggie Grenfell and Richard Garnett, eds., Joyce By Herself and Her Friends ()
  • ... the thing I would wish for anybody I loved would be the possibility of never coming to the end of discovery. I think it is what makes life worth living.

    • Joyce Grenfell,
    • "Sonnet" (1940), in Reggie Grenfell and Richard Garnett, eds., Joyce By Herself and Her Friends ()
  • We can never lose anything that is good, never lose love or the memories of great happiness because they are true.

    • Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell, English actor, comedian, monologist, singer-songwriter

(1910 - 1979)

Full name: Joyce Irene Phipps Grenfell, OBE.