An Inspector Calls Quotes

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The Inspector (PART 2)

“And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, when they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish”

"This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her"


"We don't live alone. We are members of one body."


"Public men Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges"

 “It is better to ask for the earth than take it”

“I've thought that it’d do us all a lot of good if we tried to put ourselves in the place of the young women counting their pennies in their dingy back bedrooms”

(To Birling) “And you think young women ought to be protected against unpleasant and disturbing things?” “Well, we know one young woman who wasn’t, don’t we?”

“We have to share something. If there’s nothing else, we’ll have to share our guilt”

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The Inspector (PART 3)

(To Birling)  “Why should you do any protesting? It was you who turned the girl out in the first place”

“I think you’ve done something terribly wrong and you’ll spend the rest of your life regretting it”.

"Massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them."

"I'm waiting... To do my duty"

"Of course he knows."- Sheila


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Eva Smith

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Mr Birling (PART 1)

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Mr Birling (PART 2)

(About Inspector) “Probably a socialist”

"I was an alderman for years and lord major two years ago and I’m still on the bench"

"Your father and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time now--though Crofts limited are both older and bigger than Birling and company-- and now you've brought us together"

(To Gerald) "Your mother -Lady Croft- while she doesn’t object to my girl- feels you may have done better for yourself socially"

(About Eric stealing money) "I've got to cover this up as soon as I can."

"We've no proof it was the same photograph and therefore no proof it was the same girl."

"There wasn't the slightest proof that this Daisy Renton really was Eva Smith."

“Look at the Titanic! Absolutely unsinkable!”

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Mr Birling (PART 3)

“I’m talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business.  And I say there isn’t a chance of war”

(To Eric) “You damned fool why didn’t you come to me when you found yourself in this mess?”

“The world’s developing so fast it will make war impossible”

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Gerald Croft

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Mrs Birling

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Sheila (PART 1)

"And I know I’m to blame - and I’m desperately sorry"


"So I’m really responsible?"


"These girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"


(Writers description) "Pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited"

(To Inspector) “I don’t understand about you”


“Last summer, when you never came near me”


(To her parents) “It frightens me the way you talk”


“He’s giving us the rope - is that we’ll hand ourselves”


"It’s all my fault isn’t it"

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Sheila (PART 2)


(To Gerald) "Why--you fool--he knows. Of course he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don’t know yet."


"You can’t pretend nothing has happened"

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Eric (PART 1)

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