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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Irish dramatist & socialist [more author details]
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The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
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George Bernard Shaw
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed but that he cannot believe anyone else.
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George Bernard Shaw
The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
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George Bernard Shaw
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
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George Bernard Shaw
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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George Bernard Shaw
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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George Bernard Shaw
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.
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George Bernard Shaw
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
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George Bernard Shaw
We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.
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George Bernard Shaw
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
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George Bernard Shaw
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
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George Bernard Shaw
When you prevent me from doing anything I want to do, that is persecution; but when I prevent you from doing anything you want to do, that is law, order and morals.
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George Bernard Shaw
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
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George Bernard Shaw
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
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George Bernard Shaw
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Answers to Nine Questions"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
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George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman" (1903), act 4
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman" (1903), act I
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman" (1903), act I
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Misalliance"
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