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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Hi guys, I've been reading through some of GB Shaw's quotes and was wondering if anyone could tell me what the three quotes stated below are taken from? I know, aside from novels and plays, GB wrote a few essays, which I suspect they may belong to, but if anyone can identify the actual sources for me I'd be very grateful.

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'Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.'


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'Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.'


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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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Patriotism...: The World, 15 Nov 1893.


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Hi, Phaedrus, thanks for the reply. Is 'The World' an essay title? I can't find anything on it.


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It must be some sort of periodical, probably out-of-print.


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Yeah, from what I can find it seems to be a periodical GBS wrote criticisms for over about 15 years, but I don't think any articles have survived onto the net.

If it's any interest to anyone else, I think I've discovered the source of one of the quotes:
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The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.


It's taken from Androcles and the Lion, Preface (1916)


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