Mrs Patrick Campbell

From Quotes
Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beatrice Stella Tanner Campbell (9 February 1865 - 10 April 1940) British actress; the first actress to play "Eliza Doolittle", in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, which was the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady. Born Beatrice Stella Tanner she was most commonly known as Mrs. Patrick Campbell or "Mrs. Pat" in reference to her first husband, who died in the Boer War.


  • Does it really matter what these affectionate people do— so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!
    • Reply to a young actress who asserted that an older actor in a production showed too much affection for the leading man (c.1910); as reported by Alan Dent in Mrs. Patrick Campbell, p. 78 (1961).
    • Variants: "My dear, I don't care what they do, so long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."
      "I don’t mind where people make love, so long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."
      "It doesn't make any difference what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."
      "Does it really matter what these affectionate people do, so long as they don't do it on the street and frighten the horses?"
    • A similar comment has been attributed to Victor Hugo regarding politicians, but without any definite sources. Aside from other incongruities, that comment seems one that is likely to be derived from Mrs. Campbell's rather than hers from one of Hugo's.
  • The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge.
    • Quoted in Alexander Woollcott, “The First Mrs. Tanqueray,” While Rome Burns (1934).


  • She has such pretty little eyes— And they're so close together!
  • Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
  • When you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said 'hush' just once.

Quotes by others about Mrs. Campbell

  • "I want my dark lady. I want my angel. I want my tempter. I want the lighter of my seven lamps of beauty, honour, laughter, music, love, life and immortality. I want my inspiration, my folly, my happiness, my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my final sanity and sanctification, my transfiguration, my purification, my light across the sea, my palm across the desert, my garden of lovely flowers, my million nameless joys, my day's wage, my night's dream, my darling and my star." ~ George Bernard Shaw in a letter to Mrs. Campbell.

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