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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Irish dramatist, novelist and critic
(1856 - 1950)
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A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
      - [Doctors]

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
      - [Critics]

A family enjoying the unspeakable peace and freedom of being orphans.
      - [Family]

A family is a tyranny ruled over by it's weakest member.
      - [Family]

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
      - [Happiness]

A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
      - [Sleep]

A pessimist thinks that everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
      - [Pessimists]

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
      - [Liquor]

All religions begin with a revolt against morality, and perish when morality conquers them.
      - [Religion]

Always let your flattery be seen through for what really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
      - [Flattery]

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
      - [Satisfaction]

As long as more people will pay admission to a theater to see a naked body than to see a naked brain, the drama will languish.
      - [Theatre]

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
      - [Character]

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
      - [Capitalism]

Capitalism justified itself and was adopted as an economic principle on the express ground that it provides selfish motives for doing good, and that human beings will do nothing except for selfish motives.
      - [Capitalism]

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
      - [Censorship]

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.
      - [Chess]

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.
      - [Christianity]

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is Genius.
      - [Common Sense]

Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.
      - [Crime]

Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of organized life.
      - [Generalizations]

Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and pretense of reluctance.
      - [Cruelty]

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
      - [Fashion]

[Dancing is] a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
      - in the "Statesman" [Dancing]

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
      - [Democracy]


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