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  • I must ... warn my readers that my attacks are directed against themselves, not against my stage figures.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1898). Plays Unpleasant, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).
  • The weakness of the man who, when his theory works out into a flagrant contradiction of the facts, concludes "So much the worse for the facts: let them be altered," instead of "So much the worse for my theory."
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1895). The Sanity of Art, Major Critical Essays, Constable (1948).
  • A country where every citizen is free to suppress liberty.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1907). The Sanity of Art, preface, Major Critical Essays, Constable (1948).
  • I believe in Michael Angelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Louis Dubedat, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 4, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • It's a dangerous thing to be married right up to the hilt, like my daughter's husband. The man is at home all day, like a damned soul in hell.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1919). Captain Shotover, in Heartbreak House, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • I have to get your room ready for you: to sweep and dust, to fetch and carry. How could that degrade me if it did not degrade you to have it done for you?
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1894). Louka, in Arms and the Man, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).
  • Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1933). Sir Arthur Chavender, in On the Rocks, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).
  • A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (Preface written in 1901). Cashel Byron's Profession, preface, Constable (1950).

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  • I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Lubin, in "The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas," Back to Methuselah.
  • There is the eternal war between those who are in the world for what they can get out of it and those who are in the world to make it a better place for everybody to live in.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1933). Sir Arthur Chavender, in On the Rocks, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).

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