Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw was a force to reckon with. Known to be bold, unapologetic, and unabashed with his words and ideas, he has inspired many generation of playwrights with his style.
Although Shaw’s plays are known mainly for the ideas they contain, they are always a delight to read and see.
One such play is Man and superman: a satire on society and the clash between male and female, it is full of his legendary wit and sarcasm.
Here are 10 lines from Man and Superman that proves that George Bernard Shaw was the King of sass, sarcasm, wit and wisdom:
#1 A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
#2 The devil is not so black as he is painted.
#3 Our minds are nothing but this knowledge of ourselves; and he who adds a jot to such knowledge creates new mind as surely as any woman creates new men.
#4 There is no love sincere than the love of food.
#5 Construction cumbers the ground with institutions made by busybodies. Destruction clears it and gives us breathing space and liberty.
#6 The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor: he took my measure anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
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#7 It is this consideration of other people- or rather this cowardly fear of them which we call consideration- that makes us the sentimental slaves we are.
#8 If there is no harm in it there is no point in doing it.
#9 A movement which is confined to philosophers and honest men can never exercise any real political influence: there are too few of them. Until a movement shows itself capable of spreading among brigands, it can never hope for a political majority.
#10 There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.