New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.
I suffer greatly from nerves. I have stage-fright badly, and it gets worse, but the stage is still my life.
I've decided the secret of parenting is benevolent neglect.
Now the point of comedy is not just looking funny, it's use of language. We have at our disposal a great language... and the imaginative, creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.
Sex is the most beautiful thing that can take place between a happily married man and his secretary.
Most of my contemporaries at school entered the World of Business, the logical destiny of bores.
My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more.
To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother.
Glamour comes from within. My beauty regime begins with my personality.
I denied this for many, many years and years... but you cannot help but not see a little of my mother in the character of Edna.
I really feel sorry for kids who aren't interested in history - recent history, either, because it is this that made us what we are.
I say things other people wish they could say. I don't pick on people - I empower them.
I think of myself as an actor. The duty of an actor is to be able to impersonate anything - a child, an old man, a tree, a chair, a woman.
I'm approaching 70. Unfortunately, from the wrong direction.
I've never looked at my Facebook page or my website, because I'm fundamentally an amateur.
I've turned from an ordinary Australian housewife into a gigastar, icon, talk-show host, swami, spin doctor... and now I'm a style guru!
In Australia, they really want to turn me into a religion. A religion! Can you imagine? The Church of Edna? Oh. I don't want to be over-revered.
People only watch my shows for me, and those shows have remained evergreen long after the guests are forgotten.
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were friends and the last people I expected would predecease me. They were, in a sense, casualties of fame.
Political correctness means nothing to me. Nothing. It's the new Puritanism, darling. Preventing us from expressing ourselves.