The Little Foxes: Quotes from Plays

In the home where Regina, Birdie, and the other characters operate, nothing is left unsaid. A few hidden sentiments exist at first, but by the end, the audience has come into direct contact with every thought, emotion, and secret that has run through the minds of the family. For a script that dates back to 1939, the points-of-view expressed have a sense of currency that makes the audience question whether the world we live in will ever change.

Here are a few of my favorite lines from Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes that sound like something you might hear within the walls of a stately abode today:

  • “Then, too, one loses today and wins tomorrow.” – Ben
  • “He wasn’t mored. I don’t believe he was bored. He’s a very educated, cultured gentleman. ” – Birdie


The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
Photo from Manhattan Theatre Club Facebook Page
  • “I’m sick of your brothers and their dirty tricks to make a dime. There must be better ways of getting rich than building sweatshops and pounding the bones of the town to make dividends for you to spend. You’ll wreck the town, you and your brothers. You’ll wreck the country, you and your kind, if they let you. But not me, I’ll die my own way, and I’ll do it without making the world worse. I leave that to you.” – Horace
  • “Sometimes it is difficult to learn new ways.” – Marshall
  • “I was lonely when I was young. Not in the way people usually mean. I was lonely for all the things I wasn’t gonna get. ” – Regina
  • “Four conversations are three too many.” – Ben
  • “Alexandra, I’ve come to the end of my rope. Somewhere there’s got to be what I want, too. Life goes too fast. You can go where you want, do what you want, think what you want.” – Regina
  • “The ones that are rich enough to give are smart enough to want.” – Oscar

We just saw the current revival of this play, and it was beautiful. Traditionally done with top-shelf performances all around.


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