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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Irish dramatist & socialist [more author details]
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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
He who has never hoped can never despair.
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George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) act 4
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
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George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) Act III
Majesty: when a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares it as his duty.
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George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra, act III
Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: they are the only things that are true.
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George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898) act 1
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
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George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898) act 1
Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
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George Bernard Shaw, Everybody's Political What's What? (1944) ch. 9
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
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George Bernard Shaw, Everybody's Political What's What? (1944) ch. 30
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.
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George Bernard Shaw, John Bull's Other Island (1907) act 2
Alcohol is a very necessary article... It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
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George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 2
I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
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George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 2
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