Here’s Paul O’Grady’s (And Lily Savage’s) Best Quotes

'You need two things in a riot – flat shoes and a pram'

Lily Savage quotes

by Charlotte Roberts |
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Tributes have poured in for national treasure Paul O’Grady, following his death aged 67. The TV star’s partner, Andre Portasia, announced Tuesday 28 March the For The Love Of Dogs presenter had passed away ‘unexpectedly but peacefully.'

The statement read, ‘He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.”

Paul had become a regular fixture in the homes of thousands across the UK, rising to fame as the drag queen Lily Savage before charming us all with The Paul O’Grady Show and his total adoration for animals.

And after bringing us many laughs and tears over the years –with more than one impressive pantomime performance - there’s some moments we simply will never forget. In fact, 'Lily Savage quotes' is a trending topic on Google right now as people seek to share those very hilarious moments we grew to love Paul O'Grady for.


Paul O'Grady and Lily Savage's Best Top 12 Quotes

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1. Hand Holding

'I don’t live with people, that’s why my relationships last. I’m not romantic. Even when I was a teenager, if somebody asked if they could hold my hand I’d say, no, it’s not heavy. I can hold it myself, thank you.’ - on his love life.

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2. Top Student

‘I enjoyed school – although I ran away on the first day. I’d reminded the teacher that it was nearly time for Watch With Mother on TV.’

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3. Alter-Ego

'My name's Lily Savage. Oh God, it's not Lily Savage. It's Paul O'Grady!' - on his Drag Queen persona.

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4. Girlband Dreams

‘I stayed in bed for two days when Girls Aloud split.'

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5. Rubber Gloves

'Well, well. Looks like we have help with the washing up' - Lily Savage, when Police stormed iconic LGBTQ+ venue, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, in 1987. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, officers wore rubber gloves to arrest people.

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6. Lily's Life Advice

'Life’s too short to clean an oven.'

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7. Animal Love

‘I am not bothered about sex, money or fame. I just want a mongoose.’

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8. Ciggies and Tea

‘I like a Blackpool breakfast, me – 20 ciggies and a pot of tea.’ - Lily Savage

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9. Sailor Boy

‘I was a really picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we’d hum the popeye tube, and then I’d happily eat it.’

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10. Career heights

‘I don’t want to sound like Catherine Cookson, but I’ve worked since I was eight, with a paper round and in a fruit and veg shop. Taking a pay cut won’t demotivate me, not at all. It’s not about money in the first place. It’s about the job.’ - on his career.

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11. Lad Culture

'It’s this new breed, isn’t it? Fellas now, they’re called lads. I know what I’d call them… Gobs*****' - Lily Savage on lad culture.

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12. Silk Cuts

'Your chest clears up but you’ve got piles by the end of the week' – Lily Savage on Silk Cut cigarettes.

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13. Game Show

'I dress up as a middle-aged prostitute and do a game show' - Lily Savage on her career

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14. Frocks On

'Have I got to get changed? I’m f*cking sick of this. I’m in and out. The frocks on, the frocks off. I'm like an Amsterdam tart – and not a sh*g in the middle of it' - Lily Savage on her costume changes.

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15. Riots

'You need two things in a riot – flat shoes and a pram' - Lily Savage

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16. Miss Hannigan

'I was a familiar sight at Victoria, dressed as Miss Hannigan with 12 orphans behind me, staggering across the street' - Lily Savage

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17. Road Trips

'I’m travelling light this time, but when I used to go on the road, I’d take my Baby Belling oven and my electric frying pan' - Lily Savage

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18. Girl Talk

'When a girl’s skint, the best thing to do is have a break-in' - Lily Savage

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Paul was always a fan of dogs and other animals

'To take any animal into your life will inevitably end in heartache, but you don't worry about the hangover when you're at the party.' Paul was a devout animal lover and hosted Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs from 2012 and the show lasted nine series.

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Alan Carr and Paul O'Grady

In a tribute to Paul, Alan Carr shared a story from when he and a friend had dinner with Paul and said, 'do you think you'll go to heaven, Paul?'. He replied, 'quick as a whip': 'I hope not! I won't know anyone.' A legend.

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