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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Irish dramatist & socialist [more author details]
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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"
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1893) act II
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (1893), act III
Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
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George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" (1913)
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
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George Bernard Shaw, "The Apple Cart" (1930), act I
The worst sin toward 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, "The Devil's Disciple" (1901), act II
We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.
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George Bernard Shaw, "You Never Can Tell" (1898), act I
"Do you know what a pessimist is?" "A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."
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George Bernard Shaw, An Unsocial Socialist (1887) ch. 5
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
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George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska (1919)
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
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George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah (1921) pt. 5
Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
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George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah, 1921
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