I suppose people of our generation aren't able to die for good causes any longer. We had all that done for us, in the thirties and the forties, when we were still kids. There aren't any good, brave causes left.Progress, GenerationsJohn Osborne in Look Back in Anger
Alison: "I don't think I want anything more to do with love. Any more. I can't take it on."
Cliff: "You're too young to start giving up. Too young, and too lovely."
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 in Look Back in Anger
I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don't walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.CriticismJohn Osborne
Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age when no man dies for love except upon the stage.John Osborne
It is not true that drink changes a man's character. It may reveal it more clearly.AlcoholJohn Osborne
There's no such thing as failure - just waiting for success.SuccessJohn Osborne