John Osborne Quotes

Talent got a bit thin when it came down to me. And the courage, too.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British screenwriter, and Tony Richardson. Frank Rice (Alan Bates), The Entertainer, about not going into show business (1960).
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I never thought as it was any harm to say a young man was handsome. But I shall never think of him any more now. For handsome is as handsome does.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. Honor (Patsy Rowlands), Tom Jones (1963).
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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.
John Osborne (b. 1929), British playwright. Jean, in The Entertainer, no. 12.
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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?
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright. Jean, in The Entertainer, no. 10 (1957).
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Oh heavens, how I long for a little ordinary human enthusiasm. Just enthusiasm—that's all. I want to hear a warm, thrilling voice cry out Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I'm alive!
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright. Jimmy, in Look Back in Anger, act 1 (1956).
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We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a cheque every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.
John Osborne (b. 1929), British playwright. Jimmy, in Look Back in Anger, act 2, sc. 1.
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Why do I do this every Sunday? Even the book reviews seem to be the same as last week's. Different books—same reviews.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright. Jimmy Porter, in Look Back in Anger, act 1 (1956). Opening words of play.
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There aren't any good, brave causes left. If the big bang does come, and we all get killed off, it won't be in aid of the old-fashioned grand design. It'll just be for the Brave New-nothing-very-much-thank-you. About as pointless and inglorious as stepping in front of a bus. No, there's nothing left for it, me boy, but to let yourself be butchered by the women.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright. Jimmy Porter, in Look Back in Anger, act 3, sc. 1 (1956).
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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.
John Osborne (b. 1929), British playwright. Jimmy Porter, in Look Back in Anger, act 3, sc. 1.
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Miss Western: Tell me, child, what objections can you have to the young gentleman? Sophie: A very solid objection, in my opinion. I hate him. Miss Western: Well, I have known many couples who have entirely disliked each other, lead very comfortable, genteel lives.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. Miss Western (Edith Evans), Sophie (Susannah York), Tom Jones, speaking of Blifil (David Warner) (1963).
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