Quotations by John Osborne

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Born: Thursday, December 12, 1929
Died: Saturday, December 24, 1994 (65 years old)
Profession: Playwright
Nationality: English


Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Building, Old)

Go on - but don't think you can kill my confidence. I've had experts doing it for years.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Confidence, Experts, Years)

Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age when no man dies for love except upon the stage.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Age, Love, Heaven, Man)

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.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: God, Universe)

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
(Keywords: God, Ideas, Heroes, May)

I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don't walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: People, Wrong)

In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Love, London, Scandal, Tea)

It is easy to answer the ultimate questions - it saves you bothering with the immediate ones.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Questions)

It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Character, Man, May)

It is widely held that too much wine will dull a man's desire. Indeed it will in a dull man.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Desire, Man, Will, Wine)

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.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Time, Sex, Sacrifice, People, Beliefs, Careers, First)

There's no such thing as failure - just waiting for success.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Waiting)

They spend their time looking forward to the past.
- John Osborne
(Keywords: Time, Past)

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
(Keywords: Books)







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