John Osborne Quotes

Miss Western: Well, unless I am deceived, my niece is desperately in love. Squire Western: In love! In love! Without my consent! I'll disinherit her, and turn her out of doors stark naked without a farthing. Where is she? Miss Western: Supposing she should have fixed on the very person you would have wished? Squire Western: No, no. She can love who she pleases, but she'll marry the man I chose.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. Miss Western (Edith Evans), Squire Western (Hugh Griffith), Tom Jones, when Miss Western mistakenly believes Sophie (Susannah York) is in love with Blifil (David Warner) (1963).
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Damn me, what a misery it is to have daughters when a man has a good mare and dogs.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. Squire Western (Hugh Griffith), Tom Jones, after Sophie (Susannah York) refuses to marry Blifil (David Warner) (1963).
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In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, as Miss Western (Edith Evans) and Lady Bellaston (Joan Greenwood) are having tea (1963).
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Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age when no man dies for love except upon the stage.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, after it looks as if Northerton (Julian Glover) has killed Tom Jones (Albert Finney) (1963).
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It is widely held that too much wine will dull a man's desire. Indeed it will—in a dull man.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, while Tom Jones (Albert Finney) is drinking (1963).
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Tom had always thought that any woman was better than none, while Molly never felt that one man was quite as good as two.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, speaking of Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and Molly Seagrim (Diane Cilento) (1963).
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It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, after Squire Allworthy recovers (1963).
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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.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, as Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) are about to begin a lascivious meal (1963).
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Damn you, England. You're rotting now, and quite soon you'll disappear. My hate will outrun you yet if only for a few seconds. I wish it could be eternal.
John Osborne (b. 1929), British playwright. Letter, August 1961, to the left-wing Tribune.
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I wish you'd stop yelling, I can't hear myself shout.
John Osborne (1929-1994), British screenwriter, and Tony Richardson. Archie Rice (Laurence Olivier), The Entertainer, during a family squabble (1960).
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