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Irish dramatist, novelist and critic
(1856 - 1950)
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Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
      - Man and Superman [Explorers : Warnings]

But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
      - Man and Superman [Happiness]

Decency is Indecency's conspiracy of silence.
      - Man and Superman [Decency]

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
      - Man and Superman [Democracy]

Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do.
      - Man and Superman [England : Slavery]

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
      - Man and Superman [Age]

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
      - Man and Superman [Music]

Home is the girl's prison and the woman's workhouse.
      - Man and Superman [Home]

I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.
  I am a gentlemen: I live by robbing the poor.
      - Man and Superman [Robbery]

If you strike a child take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
      - Man and Superman [Punishment]

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine.
      - Man and Superman [Death : War]

In the arts of peace Man is a bungler.
      - Man and Superman [Peace]

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.
      - Man and Superman [Wives]

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
      - Man and Superman [Liberty]

Life levels all men: death reveals the eminent.
      - Man and Superman [Death]

Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
      - Man and Superman [Cowardice]

Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman.
      - Man and Superman [Artists]

Self-denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
      - Man and Superman [Prudence]

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
      - Man and Superman [Sacrifice]

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
      - Man and Superman [Care]

The man who listens to Reason is lost: Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.
      - Man and Superman [Reason]

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
      - Man and Superman [Humility]

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
      - Man and Superman [Progress]

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
      - Man and Superman [Food]

Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners were left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You can't have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock him in? If he is not, why pretend that he is?
      - Man and Superman [Marriage]

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