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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

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

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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