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Irish dramatist, novelist and critic
(1856 - 1950)
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To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
      - [Heaven : Hell]

Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
      - [Wickedness]

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
      - [Humility]

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.
      - [Faith]

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
      - [Honesty]

We throw the whole drudgery of creation on one sex, and then imply that no female of any delicacy would initiate any effort in that direction.
      - [Sex]

We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way.
      - [Civilization]

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
      - [Cynicism]

What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it.
      - [Originality]

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
      - [Education]

With the exception of capitalism, there is nothing so revolting as revolution.
      - [Revolution]

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
      - [Art]

Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.
      - [Words]

You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it, better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
      - [Honor]

You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
      - [Risk]

You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold.
      - [Gold]

You see things; and you say, "Why"; But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
      - [Questions]

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
      - [Art]

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
      - [Youth]

Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
      - An Unsocial Socialist [Pessimism]

Revolutionary moments attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.
      - Androcles and the Lion [Revolution]

The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still. . . must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions.
      - Androcles and the Lion [Thinking]

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
      - Annajanska [Truth]

Oh, you are a very poor soldier--a chocolate cream soldier!
      - Arms and the Man [Soldiers]

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.
      - Arms and the Man [Soldiers]

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