It has no share in the leadership of thought: it does not even reflect its current. It does not create beauty: it apes fashion. It does not produce personal skill: our actors and actresses, with the exception of a few persons with natural gifts and graces, mostly miscultivated or half-cultivated, are simply the middle-class section of the residuum.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. first published in the Saturday Review (Oct. 10, 1896). "William Morris as Actor and Dramatist," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).