George Bernard Shaw


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  • ''I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Alfred Doolittle, in Pygmalion, act 5.
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  • ''Democracy means the organization of society for the benefit and at the expense of everybody indiscriminately and not for the benefit of a privileged class.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Everybody's Political What's What? Ch. 5, Constable (1944).
  • ''It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Stray Sayings," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''It is always necessary to overstate a cast startlingly to make people sit up and listen to it, and to frighten them into acting on it.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Everybody's Political What's What? Ch. 6, Constable (1944).
  • ''Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: The Golden Rule," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Everybody's Political What's What? Ch. 30, Constable (1944).
  • ''Self-denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Virtues and Vices," Man and Superman (1903).
  • ''The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). Anderson, in The Devil's Disciple, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • ''It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1911). Fanny O'Dowda, in Fanny's First Play, introduction, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • ''The function of comedy is to dispel ... unconsciousness by turning the searchlight of the keenest moral and intellectual analysis right on to it.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in the Saturday Review (March 27, 1897). "Meredith on Comedy," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).

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