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All Quotes by author - Jane Birkin
" A Birkin bag is a very good rain hat; just put everything else in a plastic bag. "
" Any film I see at two o'clock in afternoon with my mother seems to cast a strange spell that means we both come out sobbing. "
" Big Ben... hearing the chimes makes me feel at home. "
" David Attenborough... has that wonderful, breathy voice, and he's always so fascinated by what he's seeing. There's nothing about him that I can't find attractive. "
" He painted me when I was young because he was in love with me, but now that he has loved me he doesn't paint me anymore. "
" I colour my hair mousy brown and I wear makeup only on stage. I use Laura Mercier - something called Biscuit, I think. I run one tiny sponge over my face and cover the red blotches. If I've got some rouge, I'll bung it on my mouth and cheeks. "
" I don't know why people keep banging on about the '60s. I came from a conventional family and I didn't go off with different people - I rather wish I had now, seeing all the fun everyone else was having. "
" I don't like getting older, but there's nothing I can do. Hitting 60 wasn't great, but I think I was lucky in not being that beautiful; it can be really cruel on people who have been stunning. "
" I'd rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes. "
" I feel most comfortable in an old pair of jeans, Converse, and a man's jersey. My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors. "
" If I were mayor, I'd invite everyone to have free boat trips on the river and free balloon rides over the city. I'd let the elderly in residential homes wander free. "
" If you fall in love with a country and its people, that makes any country warm to you. "
" I grind my teeth and keep my thumbs in so tight that I've dislocated them, just not to scream. Sometimes as an actor one is lucky enough to be asked to scream. "
" I have never written a book about my life, despite being offered purses of gold. I made 'Boxes' because I wanted to make a sincere depiction of a daughter who has lost her father, or the jealousy one can feel towards a daughter who has become more beautiful than you and whose stepfather starts to take her shopping. "
" I know what it's like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I've seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror. "
" I love Dickens because it makes me chuckle to myself so. He has taken me to another world and out of so many earthly miseries. "
" I only like boutiques. "
" I put some red stuff on my mouth and cheeks so I look healthy - any old red lip pencil and a lip colour from Dr. Hauschka in a crushed berry tone. I never put anything on my eyes, or I look like Joan Crawford. "
" Keep smiling - it takes 10 years off! "
" My distinguishing feature is the gap between my teeth. I had to wear a brace because my teeth used to stick out like guns from a fortress. "
" My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust. "
" People always like things that seem exotic. "
" Robert Louis Stevenson... I'm focusing on the late short stories that I was ignorant of. I always thought he was a boys' author, but he's not at all. "
" When I arrived in France aged 20, I marched against the death penalty, which was an unpopular thing to protest against at the time. "
" When I was at school I used to scream in trains, in those concertina things between the carriages. I used to try to be so good that sometimes I couldn't bear it any more. "
" When you start recognising that you're having fun, life can be delightful. "
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