Royalty is the gold filling in a mouthful of decay— John Osborne
The most useful John Osborne quotes that are free to learn and impress others
I must be the luckiest man in the world. Not only am I bisexual, I am also Welsh.
Writers don't need love; all they require is money.
A refined sort of butcher, a woman is.
Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
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.
Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
The schoolteacher is certainly underpaid as a childminder, but ludicrously overpaid as an educator.
George Bernard Shaw writes like a Pakistani who has learned English when he was twelve years old in order to become an accountant.
Censorship is the commonest social blasphemy because it is mostly concealed, built into us by indolence, self-interest and cowardice.
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!
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.
It is easy to answer the ultimate questions - it saves you bothering with the immediate ones.
They spend their time looking forward to the past.
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.
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.
Marriage is rather a silly habit.
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.
The British public has always had an unerring taste for ungifted amateurs.
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.
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.
There will be a quick rash of hairy American filth, but it shouldn't threaten the existence of decent, serious British filth.
I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don't walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.
It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.
That voice that cries out doesn't have to be a weakling's does it?
Let's pretend that we're human beings and that we're actually alive.
There's no such thing as failure - just waiting for success.
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.
Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age when no man dies for love except upon the stage.
Don't be afraid of being emotional. You won't die of it.
Why do I do this every Sunday? Even the book reviews seem to be the same as last week's. Different books same reviews.
Go on - but don't think you can kill my confidence. I've had experts doing it for years.
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.
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?