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Quotations From JOHN OSBORNE

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  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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).
  • 4.
    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).
  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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).
  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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).
  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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