Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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).
  • A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Ann, in Man and Superman, act 4.

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  • Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Mrs. Hushabye, in Heartbreak House, act 2.

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  • You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Irrational Knot, preface (1905).
  • He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Andrew Undershaft, in Major Barbara, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
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