British comedian, singer, actress (1910-1979)
- Stately as a galleon, I sail across the floor,
Doing the military two-step, as in the days of yore.
- Stately as a Galleon (1978), "Stately as a Galleon"
- They look quite promising in the shop, and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels sorry for them.
- Stately as a Galleon (1978), "English Lit." (of new clothes)
- Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as chaos.
- Stately as a Galleon (1978), "English Lit."
- If I should go before the rest of you,
Break not a flower, nor inscribe a stone,
Nor, when I’m gone, speak in a Sunday voice,
But be the usual selves That I have known.
- Poem If I should go before the rest of you
- I don't understand Ethel.
I don't, I don't really.
She's one of my very best friends,
Just about the best, nearly.
She's an awfully nice girl, Ethel is,
Dainty and refined,
I mean she'd never do or say
But get her inside a stadium
And she seems to go out of her mind.
- Poem Ethel
- I was allowed to slave for them
For ever and evermore.
Oh, I was allowed to fetch and carry
For my Three Brothers,
Jim and Bob and Harry.
- Poem Three Brothers
- George - don't do that.
- Catch phrase, used as the title of her book George - Don't Do That (1977)
- Joyce was a wonderful woman, but she wasn't Prime Minister, was she?
- American journalist, seeing the long queue for her memorial service.