Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

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  • 231.
    The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1903). John Tanner, in Man and Superman, act 1, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • 232.
    A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality, ch. 9 (1942). Shaw, Pearson reported, believed vegetarians had radically different experiences from meat-eaters: "The odd thing about being a vegetarian is, not that the things that happen to other people don't happen to me—they all do—but that they happen differently: pain is different, pleasure different, fever different, cold different, even love different."
  • 233.
    A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Technical Problem," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).

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  • 234.
    No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Boanerges, in The Apple Cart, act 1.
  • 235.
    The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1903). John Tanner, in Man and Superman, act 1, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • 236.
    What is laisser-faire but an orthodoxy? The most tyrannous and disastrous of all the orthodoxies, since it forbids you even to learn.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Technical Problem," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).
  • 237.
    My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I am a free citizen.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1894). Bluntschli, in Arms and the Man, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).
  • 238.
    You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. John Bull, in Other Island, preface (1907).

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  • 239.
    In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Statue, in Man and Superman, act 3.
  • 240.
    A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1907). John Bull's Other Island, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
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