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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Irish dramatist & socialist [more author details]
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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, Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 1
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), Maxims for Revolutionists
A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
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George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory
Liberty also means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
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George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
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George Bernard Shaw, Parents and Children (1914) "Children's Happiness"
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
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George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant (1898)
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
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George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1916) preface
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
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George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1916) preface
What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.
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George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Act 2
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
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George Bernard Shaw, Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (1911) "Limits to Toleration"
I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
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George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart (1930)
Martyrdom... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
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George Bernard Shaw, The Devil's Disciple (1901) act 3
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
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George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911) act 1
The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
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George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer (1898) act 2

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