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by George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion Society and Class Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #10

HIGGINS. The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another. (5.197)

Higgins claims that the key to acting correctly is treating all people in the same way, acting as if class distinctions did not exist. He thinks that the only society that matters is the society of human souls, to which all men belong.

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