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Man and Superman Quotes from the play by George Bernard Shaw



But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
Man and Superman
Act 1

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Man and Superman
Act 1

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
Man and Superman
Act 1

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
Man and Superman
Act 1

Vitality in a woman is a blind fury of creation.
Man and Superman
Act 1

You think that you are Ann’s suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued … Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey.
Man and Superman
Act 2

Mendoza: I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.
Tanner: I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.
Man and Superman
Act 3

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
Man and Superman
Act 3

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
Man and Superman
Act 3

Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allows them to do.
Man and Superman
Act 3

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine.
Man and Superman
Act 3

In the arts of peace Man is a bungler.
Man and Superman
Act 3

When the military man approaches, the world locks up its spoons and packs off its womankind.
Man and Superman
Act 3

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married
Man and Superman
Act 3

Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You cannot have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock him in If he is not, why pretend that he is
Man and Superman
Act 3

Nobody could stand an eternity of heaven.
Man and Superman
Act 3

Your friends are all the dullest dogs I know. They are not beautiful: they are only decorated. They are not clean: they are only shaved and starched. They are not dignified: they are only fashionably dressed. They are not educated: they are only college passmen. They are not religious: they are only pewrenters. They are not moral: they are only conventional. They are not virtuous: they are only cowardly. They are not even vicious: they are only ‘frail.’
Man and Superman
Act 3

Heaven is the most angelically dull place in all creation.
Man and Superman
Act 3

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
Man and Superman
Act 4

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days
Man and Superman
Act 4

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Man and Superman
Epistle Dedicatory



Man and Superman - a four-act drama written by George Bernard Shaw in 1903. The series was written in response to calls for Shaw to write a play based on the Don Juan theme. Shaw was born July 26, 1856, and died on November 2, 1950.




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