Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

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  • 1.
    The domestic career is no more natural to all women than the military career is natural to all men.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1891). The Quintessence of Ibsenism, "The Womanly Woman," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).

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    At all events, as she, Ulster, cannot have the status quo, nothing remains for her but complete union or the most extreme form of Home Rule; that is, separation from both England and Ireland.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. New Statesman (London, June 7, 1913).

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    Faith in reason as a prime motor is no longer the criterion of the sound mind, any more than faith in the Bible is the criterion of righteous intention.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1891). The Quintessence of Ibsenism, "The Two Pioneers," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).

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  • 4.
    There are two things necessary to Salvation.... Money and gunpowder.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Andrew Undershaft, in Major Barbara, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • 5.
    Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Irrational Knot, ch. 14 (1905).

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  • 6.
    Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.
    George Bernard Shaw (20th century), Irish playwright and author. Back to Methuselah, pt. 5 (1921).

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  • 7.
    Religion is a great force: the only real motive force in the world; but what you fellows don't understand is that you must get at a man through his own religion and not through yours.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1908). Hotchkiss, in Getting Married, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • 8.
    You'll never have a quiet world til you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1917). O'Flaherty, in O'Flaherty, V.C., The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 9.
    The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Reforms Also Come from the Laity," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).
  • 10.
    No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Psychology of Self-Respect in Surgeons," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).

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