Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.— George Jean Nathan
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Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.
I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
I drink to make other people interesting.
The most loyal and faithful woman indulges her imagination in a hypothetical liaison whenever she dons a new street frock for the first time.
It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself.
Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
A ham is simply any actor who has not been successful in repressing his natural instincts.
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.
I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie.
Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
Art is the sex of the imagination.
Great drama is the souvenir of the adventure of a master among the pieces of his own soul.
All that is necessary to raise imbecility into what the mob regards as profundity is to lift it off the floor and put it on a platform.
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
The bachelors admired freedom is often a yoke, for the freer a man is to himself the greater slave he often is to the whims of others.
So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater.
Opening Night: The night before the play is ready to open.
The triumph of sugar over diabetes.
Marriage is based on the theory that when a man discovers a brand of beer exactly to his taste, he should at once throw up his job and go to work inthe brewery.
A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money.
Another equally ready way to lose him is to refuse to lend him money. It is six of one and a half dozen of the other.
Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing more than man's transparency.
Men go to the theatre to forget; women, to remember.
Impersonal criticism?is like an impersonal fist fight or an impersonal marriage, and as successful.
A poet, any real poet, is simply an alchemist who transmutes his cynicism regarding human beings into an optimism regarding the moon, the stars, the heavens, and the flowers, to say nothing of Spring, love, and dogs.
The Russian dramatist is one who, walking through a cemetery, does not see the flowers on the graves. The American dramatist . . . Does not see the graves under the flowers.
An abstainer is the sort of man you wouldn't want to drink with even if he did.
The dramatic critic who is without prejudice is on the plane with the general who does not believe in taking human life.
Sex touches the heavens only when it simultaneously touches the gutter and the mud.
Like everybody else, when I don't know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds.
Musicals are to the theater what wines are to a substantial dinner.
A broken heart is a monument to a love that will never die;
fulfillment is a monument to a love that is already on its deathbed.
Hollywood is ten million dollars worth of intricate and high ingenious machinery functioning elaborately to put skin on baloney.
All one has to do to gather a large crowd in New York is to stand on the curb a few minutes and gaze intently at the sky.
Drama - what literature does at night.
It is the mark of a superior person that, left to themselves they are able endlessly to amuse, interest and entertain themselves out of their personal stock of meditations, ideas, criticisms, memories, philosophy, humor and what not.
A man may be said to love most truly that woman in whose company he can feel drowsy in comfort.
One does not go to the theater to see life and nature;
one goes to see the particular way in which life and nature happen to look to a cultivated, imaginative and entertaining man who happens, in turn, to be a playwright.
I drink so the others become interesting.
Shaw writes plays for the ages, the ages between five and twelve.