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1856 - 1950, Irish playwright and novelist

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
George Bernard Shaw

Success covers a multitude of blunders.
George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot
change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you
have before you die; and do not outlive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from
people.
George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
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Life is not a "brief candle." It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as
possible before handing it on to future generations.
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Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe
anyone else.
George Bernard Shaw

The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming
is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.
George Bernard Shaw

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of
opportunity.
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Alcohol is the anethesia by which we endure the operation of life.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt
few.
George Bernard Shaw

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his
duty.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
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A woman waits motionless until she is wooed. That is how the spider waits for the fly.
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A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
George Bernard Shaw

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of the knowledge not the knowledge in pursuit of
the child.
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The best way to get your point across is to entertain.
George Bernard Shaw

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in
life for its own sake.
George Bernard Shaw

It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as
long as he can.
George Bernard Shaw

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.
George Bernard Shaw

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the
door of course.
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In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and
unhappiness.
George Bernard Shaw

I created nothing; I invented nothing; I imagined nothing; I perverted nothing; I simply
discovered drama in real life.
George Bernard Shaw

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measure anew every time he
sees me, whilst all the rest go on with their old measurements, and expect them to fit me.
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Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich - something for nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen
by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
George Bernard Shaw

I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.
George Bernard Shaw

The longer I live, the more I realize 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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Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as
their lunatic asylum.
George Bernard Shaw

Only lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt from jury duty.
George Bernard Shaw

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has
the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
George Bernard Shaw

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