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George Bernard Shaw

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Biography : Irish playwright critic and polemicis.
Born: 1856 - Died: 1950
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
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All great truths begin as blasphemies.
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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
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The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
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Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may be different.
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The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
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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.
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He who can, does. He who can't, teaches.
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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
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The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.
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My way of joking is telling the truth.
It is the funniest joke in the world.

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Lack of money is the root of all evil.
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Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
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In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
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I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
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The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
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It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
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Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
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There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
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If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
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The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
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Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
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The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
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If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
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There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
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If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
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Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
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The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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