George Bernard Shaw


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  • ''The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Reason," Man and Superman (1903).
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  • ''I claim to be a conscientiously immoral writer.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993). Minutes of evidence, July 30, 1909, before the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the [Censorship of] Stage Plays.
  • ''It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Ellie, in Heartbreak House, act 2.
  • ''Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Royalty," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''The danger of crippling thought, the danger of obstructing the formation of the public mind by specially suppressing ... representations is far greater than any real danger that there is from such representations.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993). Minutes of evidence, July 30, 1909, before the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the [Censorship of] Stage Plays.
  • ''We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1936). Epifania, in The Millionairess, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).
  • ''Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Royalty," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''If women were as fastidious as men, morally or physically, there would be an end of the race.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Epistle Dedicatory," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Self-Sacrifice," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''Nothing can save us from a perpetual headlong fall into a bottomless abyss but a solid footing of dogma; and we no sooner agree to that than we find that the only trustworthy dogma is that there is no dogma.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1932). The Elder, in Too True to be Good, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).

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