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Act 1 Key Quotes


“They might. But after all it’s better to ask for the Earth than to take it”

“(dryly) I don’t play golf.”

“(slowly) Are you sure you don’t know? (He looks at Gerald, then at Eric, then at Sheila)”

“A nice little promising life there, I thought, and a nasty mess somebody’s made of it”

“(harshly) Yes, but you can’t. It’s too late. She’s dead.”


Act 2 Key Quotes


“You think young women ought to be protected against unpleasant and disturbing things?”

“(sternly to them both) You see, we have to share something. If there’s nothing else, we’ll have to share our guilt”

“(cutting in, with authority) he must wait his turn”

“(massively) Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges”

“(very deliberately) I think you did something terribly wrong - and that you’re going to spend the rest of your life regretting it”

“(As Birling tries to protest, turns on him.) don’t stammer and hammer at me again, man.”


Act 3 Key Quotes


“Each if you helped to kill her. Remember that. Never forget it. (He looks from one to the other of them carefully.) But then I don’t think you ever will”

“One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us”

“We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.”

“Time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night”