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The first half of the quotation is from George Bernard Shaw, as reported by his biographer Hesketh Pearson. The second half is from Pearson himself. On the evening of October 10th [1946] my wife and I called to see him [Shaw]. Whitehall Court had been buzzing with reporters, two of whom had taken a flashlight photo of him, but the excitement Was now ...


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TL;DR: he didn't say it This answer is based entirely off a Quote Investigator article. They found several instances of the same idea being expressed, just none by Bernard Shaw. QI starts off with: QI has found no substantive evidence that George Bernard Shaw wrote or spoke this statement. The earliest citation that QI found for this quote is a 1925 book. ...


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Since Spagirl didn't want to post an answer, I'm going ahead and writing one. Anarchists are generally non-religious and frequently anti-religious. You can read more about anarchism and religion on Wikipedia (with many references), but this is the essential point: that anarchists are typically opposed to religion. This would explain why they don't know the ...


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Bluntschli has spent fifteen years as a soldier, in "barracks and battles". He has lived a life of adventure, which for him has been a serious business, with his very life frequently at risk. He suggests that Raina, being much younger than he is, has "her imagination full of fairy princes and noble natures and cavalry charges and goodness ...


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The introduction of Catherine tells us that she is a hearty and robust woman, unlike the epitome of elegant delicacy and cosmopolitan sophistication represented by Viennese women of fashion, Turn-of-the-century Vienna, with a population of nearly two million, was the political, cultural and fashion center of the multi-national Austro-Hungarian empire. ...


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TL;DR: In context this is sarcasm: for ‘happiness’, read ‘unhappiness’. At the start of Act I of Man and Superman, we learn that in his will, the late Mr Whitefield appointed Roebuck Ramsden and Jack Tanner guardians to his daughter Ann. Tanner does not relish this responsibility: TANNER. It’s only too hideously true. Ramsden: get me out of it somehow. You ...


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There doesn't seem to be any evidence that Shaw was inspired by Shakespeare specifically in writing this line. Shaw on Shakespeare Shaw's opinion of Shakespeare, in general, is somewhat complicated. He's well known for being openly critical of the immense prestige given to Shakespeare in the field of English literature, and has written as negatively about ...


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This line captures how Catherine, while being quite exceptional in her surroundings, longs to be fancier and more "desirable" than she is. The text describes her as "a very splendid specimen of the wife of a mountain farmer". Farmers are not generally known for their beauty (Buttercup and Westley aside); farmers being generally more ...


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They shook hands to seal the bargain they'd made a few lines earlier, she to visit his cannon works and he to come to her shelter. I will make a bargain with you. If I go to see you to-morrow in your Salvation Shelter, will you come the day after to see me in my cannon works? Shaking hands is a semi-formal way of making the compact a little more real. ...


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