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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Irish dramatist, novelist and critic
(1856 - 1950)
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The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
      - [Happiness]

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
      - [Rights]

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
      - [Lying]

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
      - [Humility]

The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.
      - [Happiness]

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
      - [Belief]

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.
      - [Punishment]

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.
      - [Honor]

The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them.
      - [Morality]

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
      - [Friends]

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
      - [Love]

The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.
      - introduction to a catalogue for A.L. Coburn's exhibition
        [Photography]

The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who don't have it.
      - [Cynicism]

The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.
      - [Idols]

The stock actor is a stage calamity.
      - [Actors]

The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
      - [Breeding]

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
      - [Artists]

The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
      - [Idiots]

The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.
      - [Conceit]

The younger generation is knocking at the door, and as I open it there steps spritely in the incomparable Max.
      - in the "Saturday Review" on handing the theatre review to Max Beerbohm
        [Youth]

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.
      - [Experience]

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
      - [Food : Love]

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.
      - [Society]

Those who minister to poverty and disease are accomplices in the two worst of all crimes.
      - [Charity]

Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.
      - [Truth]


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