MGM studio chief Samuel Goldwyn once attempted to purchase the film rights to several of George Bernard Shaw's plays. After protracted bargaining over the terms, Shaw elected not to sell. "The trouble is, Mr. Goldwyn," he drily declared, "you are interested only in art and I am interested only in money."
["You know something, Mr. Shaw," Goldwyn is said to have told the playwright. "If I had my choice, I would rather make a great artistic picture than -- than eat a good meal!"]