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 :: 1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist

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A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Heartbreak]

 

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A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Fellowship]

 

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A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Taxes and Taxation]

 

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Mistakes]

 

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A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Happiness]

 

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A man of great common sense and good taste -- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Taste]

 

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A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Vegetarianism]

 

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A man who has no office to go to -- I don't care who he is -- is a trial of which you can have no conception.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Unemployment]

 

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A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Interest]

 

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A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Miracles]

 

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A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Sleep]

 

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A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Self-conflict]

 

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A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Dance and Dancing]

 

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A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Hell]

 

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A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Pessimism]

 

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All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Truth]

 

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All problems are finally scientific problems.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Problems]

 

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All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Professions and Professionals]

 

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All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Progress]

 

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All progress means war with society.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Progress]

 

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