George Bernard Shaw Archive

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This soul’s prison we call England

This soul’s prison we call England. George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House (Hector in Act III)

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The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language

The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language. George Bernard Shaw, widely attributed beginning in the 1940s, e.g. Reader’s Digest (November 1942). Not found in his published works. Variant: The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language

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The majesty and grandeur of the English language

I know your head aches. I know you’re tired. I know your nerves are as raw as meat in a butcher’s window. But think what you’re trying to accomplish—just think what you’re dealing with. The majesty and grandeur of the English language; it’s the greatest possession we have. The noblest thoughts that

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England has three great things

England has three great things: tea, that comes from India, and Oscar Wilde and me, who are Irishmen. George Bernard Shaw

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Englishmen enslave you on imperial principles

There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles. George Bernard Shaw,

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The British class system revisited

Recently the BBC came up with a test (with the pretentious name of “Great British Class Survey”) so that every Brit could be able to ascertain the class they belong in. To start with, I could find it hard to imagine any other people or nation (especially when the initiative comes from one
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