George Bernard Shaw


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  • ''A third variety of drama ... begins as tragedy with scraps of fun in it ... and ends in comedy without mirth in it, the place of mirth being taken by a more or less bitter and critical irony.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. speech, Nov. 30, 1921, at Tolstoy Commemoration. "Tolstoy: Tragedian or Comedian?" The Drama Observed , ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).
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  • ''This comes of James teaching me to think for myself, and never to hold back out of fear of what other people may think of me. It works beautifully as long as I think the same things as he does.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Candida, in Candida, act 2. Of her husband Morell.
  • ''In Ireland they try to make a cat cleanly by rubbing its nose in its own filth. Mr. Joyce has tried the same treatment on the human subject. I hope it may prove successful.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. letter, Oct. 10, 1921, to Joyce's publisher. Letters of James Joyce, vol. 3 (1966). Shaw, commenting on Ulysses, called it a "revolting record of a disgusting phase of civilisation; but it is a truthful one," though he refused the invitation to purchase a copy. In The Table Talk of G.B.S., Shaw wrote, "I could not write the words Mr. Joyce uses: my prudish hands would refuse to form the letters."
  • ''The sex illusion is not a fixed quantity: not what mathematicians call a constant. It varies from zero in my wife's case to madness in that of our stepsister.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1949). Secondborn, in Buoyant Billions, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 7, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1974).
  • ''Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Too True to Be Good, preface (1931).
  • ''I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Liza Doolittle, in Pygmalion, act 2.
  • ''That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Sergius, in Arms and the Man, act 2.
  • ''My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Undershaft, in Major Barbara, act 2.
  • ''When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1919). Captain Shotover, in Heartbreak House, act 1, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • ''Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Lord Summerhays, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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