Royalty is the gold filling in a mouthful of decay

— John Osborne

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I must be the luckiest man in the world. Not only am I bisexual, I am also Welsh.

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Writers don't need love; all they require is money.

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A refined sort of butcher, a woman is.

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

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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.

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Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.

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

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

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George Bernard Shaw writes like a Pakistani who has learned English when he was twelve years old in order to become an accountant.

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Censorship is the commonest social blasphemy because it is mostly concealed, built into us by indolence, self-interest and cowardice.

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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!

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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.

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About John Osborne

Quotes 35 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

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

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They spend their time looking forward to the past.

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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.

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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.

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Marriage is rather a silly habit.

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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.

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The British public has always had an unerring taste for ungifted amateurs.

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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.

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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.

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There will be a quick rash of hairy American filth, but it shouldn't threaten the existence of decent, serious British filth.

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

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

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That voice that cries out doesn't have to be a weakling's does it?

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Let's pretend that we're human beings and that we're actually alive.

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

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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.

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

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Don't be afraid of being emotional. You won't die of it.

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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