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Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

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  • 11.
    Those who do not know how to live must make a merit of dying.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1919). Heartbreak House, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 12.
    Hypocrisy ... is only bad when it is improperly used.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Letter, 1878, to a six-year old girl. My Dear Dorothea, Phoenix House (1956).
  • 13.
    When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1901). Apollodorus, in Caesar and Cleopatra, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • 14.
    The more reasonable a student was in mathematics, the more unreasonable she was in the affairs of real life, concerning which few trustworthy postulates have yet been ascertained.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (Written 1887). An Unsocial Socialist, ch. 6, Constable (1950).

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  • 15.
    I do not, like the Fundamentalists, believe that creation stopped six thousand years ago after a week of hard work. Creation is going on all the time.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Speech, April 11, 1933, at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. The Political Madhouse in America and Nearer Home, Constable (1933).

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  • 16.
    A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Ann, in Man and Superman, act 4.

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  • 17.
    What is any respectable girl brought up to do but to catch some rich man's fancy and get the benefit of his money by marrying him?—as if a marriage ceremony could make any difference in the right or wrong of the thing!
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1898). Mrs. Warren, in Mrs. Warren's Profession, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).

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  • 18.
    There is a disease to which plays as well as men become liable with advancing years. In men it is called doting, in plays dating. The more topical the play the more it dates.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1898). The Philanderer, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).
  • 19.
    A contract for better for worse is a contract that should not be tolerated.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1911). Getting Married, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • 20.
    All great truths begin as blasphemies.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1918). Annajanska, in Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
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