Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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  • The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Mrs. Warren, in Mrs. Warren's Profession, act 2.

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  • Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Personal Sentimental Basis of Monogamy," preface, Getting Married (1908).

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  • Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Mrs. Hushabye, in Heartbreak House, act 2.

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  • Martyrdom ... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). General Burgoyne, in The Devil's Disciple, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Election speech, 1904. G.B.S. 90, p. 155, ed. S. Winsten, Dodd, Mead (1946). Also quoted in A. Emil Davies, "G.B.S. and Local Government."
  • Man can climb to the highest summits; but he cannot dwell there long.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). Morell, in Candida, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).
  • What right has any human being to talk of bringing up a child? You do not bring up a tree or a plant. It brings itself up. You have to give it a fair chance by tilling the soil.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Menace of the Leisured Woman," Platform and Pulpit, Hill and Wang (1961).

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  • We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1914). Misalliance, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • Only where there is pecuniary equality can the distinction of merit stand out.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1928). The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism, ch. 22, Constable (1949).
  • You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Irrational Knot, preface (1905).
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