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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


George Bernard Shaw

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You sometimes have to answer to a woman according to her womanishness, just as you have to answer a ...
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eterni...
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I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else...
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To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer
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The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
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Dancing: The vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.
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You cannot be a hero without being a coward
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At present, intelligent people do not have their children vaccinated, nor does the law now compel th...
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap
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It shows how dangerous it is to be too good
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Nothing but the natural ignorance of the public, countenanced by the inoculated erroneousness of the...
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Morality can go to its father the devil.
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THE DEVIL. As far as I went, yes. But I will now go further, and confess to you that men get tired o...
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We cut the throat of a calf and hang it up by the heels to bleed to death so that our veal cutlet ma...
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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the...
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You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.
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We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
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Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English
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He who has never hoped can never despair
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What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to ...
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No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-...
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Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, t...
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Woman's dearest delight is to wound Man's self-conceit, though Man's dearest delight is to gratify h...
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Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who ...
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He knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything - that clearly points to a political career
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Changeable women are more enduring than monotonous ones. They are sometimes murdered but seldom dese...
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People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them
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Golf is typical capitalist lunacy.
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My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I'm a free citizen.
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What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to ...
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Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulde...
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The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some.
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No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-...
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[But that was how it was in a workaday Britain generally addicted to merit, rather than one increasi...
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No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, y...
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Imprisonment is as irrevocable as death.
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There is only one belief that can rob death of its sting and the grave of its victory.. For without ...
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Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.
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Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.
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I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is...
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Science is always simple and profound. It is only half truths that are dangerous.
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Whisky is liquid sunshine.
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