AN INSPECTOR CALLS MR BIRLING QUOTES

“Now, Sheila, don’t tease him. When you’re married, you’ll realize that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business. You’ll have to get used to that, just as I did.”

“But the whole story’s different now. You’re not the same man who came to see us then. You’re the police now. You’re the one who’s going to bring this all out.”

“I’m talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business. And I say there isn’t a chance of war. The world’s developing so fast that it’ll make war impossible.”

“The Germans don’t want war. Nobody wants war, except some half-civilized folks in the Balkans.”

“The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything. You still think you can promise yourself cheap labour and high profits, and damn the consequences.”

“Still, I can’t accept any responsibility. If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?”

“If you don’t come down sharply on some of these people, they’d soon be asking for the earth.”

“You’ll hear some people say war’s inevitable. And to that, I say fiddlesticks!”

“I can’t imagine any real harm comes from it, except to the pocket of the unfortunate shopkeeper.” “I’m a public man. And as such, I have certain responsibilities.”

“It’s about time you all started dealing with your own problems instead of interfering with other people’s business.”

“It’s my duty to keep labour costs down, and if I’d agreed to this demand for a couple of shillings more a week, I’d have added about twelve percent to my labour costs,”

“I’m talking about your responsibilities. A man has to make his own way – has to look after his family – and so long as he does that he’s not bothering anybody. Like what you did, Inspector, turning the girl out of this employment.” QUOTES GATE

“I’m a prosperous man, and a man of business, and I’m proud of my record in the town. And I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense.”

“I’m not a purple-faced old bachelor, like your father. And I’m not going to stand for any nonsense from you.”

“If there’s nothing else, we’ll have to share our guilt. And if we have to share our guilt, then we must also share our responsibilities.”

“If you want to find out who’s responsible for this young woman’s death, you need look no further than yourselves.”

“I’ve done nothing wrong – and you know it. Everything’s all right now, Sheila. What about you, Eric? Aren’t you going to congratulate me?”

“My dear fellow, you mustn’t take it like that. Hey, come on – no histrionics, please! It’s my duty to ask questions.”

“I tell you, son, a man has to mind his own business and look after his own family.”

“Well, inspector, I don’t see that we can get much further with this conversation. Yes, you’ve had some nonsense drilled into you by some cranks – but don’t worry about that.”

“You don’t seem to realize – ”

“But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people.”

“I say there isn’t much chance of war. The world’s developing so fast that it’ll make war impossible.”