Quotes by John Osborne

John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter and actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV.

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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.'

Love, Breakup & Lovesick, Giving UpJohn Osborne in 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 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