Arthur Birling Quotes in An Inspector Calls
There’s a good deal of silly talk about these days—but—and I speak as a hard-headed business man, who has to take risks and know what he’s about—I say, you can ignore all this silly pessimistic talk. When you marry, you’ll be marrying at a very good time.
I tell you, by that time you’ll be living in a world that’ll have forgotten all these Capital versus Labor agitations and all these silly little war scares. There’ll be peace and prosperity and rapid progress everywhere.
A man has to make his own way—has to look after himself—and his family, too, of course, when he has one—and so long as he does that he won’t come to much harm. But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive.
If we are all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?
Birling: It’s a free country, I told them.
Eric: It isn’t if you can’t go and work somewhere else.
You know, of course, that my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago and that he’s still a magistrate?
There’ll be plenty of time, when I’ve gone, for you all to adjust your family relationships.
This girl killed herself—and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her. Remember that. Never forget it. But then I don’t think you ever will.