George Bernard Shaw


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  • ''An interesting play cannot in the nature of things mean anything but a play in which problems of conduct and character of personal importance to the audience are raised and suggestively discussed.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (Revised edition, 1913). The Quintessence of Ibsenism, "The Technical Novelty in Ibsen's Plays," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).
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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).
  • ''Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.''
    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).
  • ''A man of great common sense and good taste—meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Notes: Julius Caesar," Caesar and Cleopatra (1906).
  • ''If we have come to think that the nursery and the kitchen are the natural sphere of a woman, we have done so exactly as English children come to think that a cage is the natural sphere of a parrot: because they have never seen one anywhere else.''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''I can't talk religion to a man with bodily hunger in his eyes.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Barbara 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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