John Osborne Quotes (28 Quotes)


    She's like the old line about justice - not only must be done but must be seen to be done.

    But I have a go, lady, don't I Pave a go. I do.

    Why do I do this every Sunday? Even the book reviews seem to be the same as last week's. Different books same reviews.

    I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don't walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.

    Laughter's the nearest we ever get, or should get, to sainthood. It's the state of grace that saves most of us from contempt.


    What are we hoping to get out of it, what's it all in aid of - is it really just for the sake of a gloved hand waving at you from a golden coach

    It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.

    But I have a go, lady, don't I I 'ave a go. I do.

    In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.

    Go on - but don't think you can kill my confidence. I've had experts doing it for years.

    A lot of my players from Hancock who live in Santa Barbara,

    And even in the hatred of the majority, there's a kind of triumph because I know that, although they'd never admit it, they secretly respect me.

    Here we are, we're alone in the universe, there's no God, it just seems that it all began by something as simple as sunlight striking on a piece of rock. And here we are. We've only got ourselves. Somehow, we've just got to make a go of it. We've only ourselves.

    They spend their time looking forward to the past.

    Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us and many of us much worse.

    We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a check every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.

    He really deserves some sort of decoration . . . a medal inscribed 'For Vaguery in the Field'.

    I don't think one comes down' from Jimmy's university. According to him, it's not even red brick, but white tile.

    Up until recently, the state of California really wasn't doing anything about recycling of monitors. The landfill issues along with our reputation as a company were drivers for me.

    It is widely held that too much wine will dull a man's desire. Indeed it will in a dull man.

    There's no such thing as failure - just waiting for success.

    The whole point of a sacrifice is that you give up something you never really wanted in the first place. People are doing it around you all the time. They give up their careers, say - or their beliefs - or sex.

    It is easy to answer the ultimate questions - it saves you bothering with the immediate ones.

    The schoolteacher is certainly underpaid as a childminder, but ludicrously overpaid as an educator.

    They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past

    Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age when no man dies for love except upon the stage.

    Thank God we're normal, normal, normal, Thank God we're normal, Yes, this is our finest shower.

    Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.


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