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“Why don't we have a little game? Let's pretend that we're human beings, and that we're actually alive.”
John Osborne, 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, Look Back in Anger
“Jimmy: The injustice of it is almost perfect! The wrong people going
hungry, the wrong people being loved, the wrong people dying!”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“That voice that cries out doesn't have to be a weakling's does it?”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Jimmy: (in a low, resigned voice) They all want to scape from the pain of being alive. And, most of all, from love. (...) It's no good to fool yourself about love. You can't fall into it like a soft job, without dirtying up your hands.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“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.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“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. (Jimmy Porter)”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Jimmy: One day, when I'm no longer spending my days running a sweet-stall, I may write a book about us all. It's all here. (slapping his forehead) Written in flames a mile high. And it won't be recollected in tranquillity either, picking daffodils with Auntie Wordsworth. It'll be recollected in fire, and blood. My blood.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“A refined sort of butcher, a woman is.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Jimmy: I hope you won't make the mistake of thinking for one moment that I am a gentleman.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“If you’ve no world of your own, it’s rather pleasant to regret the passing of someone else’s.”
John Osborne, 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.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Am impresia că toată viaţa mi-o petrec luându-mi rămas bun.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Jimmy: You'll end up like one of those chocolate merengues my wife is so fond of [Alison starts banging jars]...sweet and sticky on the outside, and sink your teeth in it [savouring every word]-inside, all white, messy and disgusting. [offering teapot sweetly to Helena] Milk?”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“Anyone who's never watched somebody die is suffering from a pretty bad case of virginity. For twelve months, I watched my father dying - when I was ten years old.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“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.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger
“To be as vehement as he is is to be almost non-committal.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

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