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March 11, 2017

Quotations by John Osborne


JOHN OSBORNE (1929 –1994) WAS AN ENGLISH PLAYWRIGHT, SCREENWRITER AND ACTOR, NOTED FOR REVITALIZING THE POSTWAR BRITISH THEATRE WITH HIS PLAY “LOOK BACK IN ANGER”.

“If you’ve no world of your own, it’s rather pleasant to regret the passing of someone else’s.”  ~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“If you’ve no world of your own, it’s rather pleasant to regret the passing of someone else’s.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“Anyone who's never watched somebody die is suffering from a pretty bad case of virginity. For twelve months, I watched my father dying - when I was ten years old.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“It's no good fooling about with love you know. You can't fall into it like a soft job without dirtying up your hands. It takes muscle and guts. If you can't bear the thought of messing up your nice, tidy soul, you better give up the whole idea of life and become a saint, because you'll never make it as a human being. It's either this world... or the next.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“Why don't we have a little game? Let's pretend that we're human beings, and that we're actually alive.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“You're hurt because everything is changed. Jimmy is hurt because everything is the same. And neither of you can face it. Something's gone wrong somewhere, hasn't it?”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“I must say it's pretty dreary living in the American Age - unless you're an American of course. Perhaps all our children will be Americans.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“Jimmy: The injustice of it is almost perfect! The wrong people going hungry, the wrong people being loved, the wrong people dying!”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“You see I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry - angry and helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about - love... betrayal... and death, when I was ten years old than you will probably ever know in your life.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“A refined sort of butcher, a woman is.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“The whole point of 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, Look Back in Anger                              

“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-nothingvery-much-thank-you. About as pointless and inglorious as stepping in front of a bus.”
~ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
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