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Major Barbara Quotes from the play by George Bernard Shaw



The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty … our first duty – a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed – is not to be poor.
Major Barbara
Preface

Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity, and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness, and ugliness.
Major Barbara
Preface

Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentleman.
Major Barbara
Act 1

Alcohol is a very necessary article… It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
Major Barbara
Act 2

I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
Major Barbara
Act 2

I can’t talk religion to a man with bodily hunger in his eyes.
Major Barbara
Act 2

Wot prawce Selvytion nah
Major Barbara
Act 2

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
Major Barbara
Act 3

Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.
Major Barbara
Act 3

When you vote, you only change the names of the cabinet. When you shoot, you pull down governments, inaugurate new epochs, abolish old orders and set up new.
Major Barbara
Act 3

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
Major Barbara
Act 3

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
Major Barbara
Act 3



Major Barbara - a three act play by George Bernard Shaw, written and premiered in 1905 and first published in 1907. Shaw was born July 26, 1856, and died on November 2, 1950.




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