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He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw

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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw

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Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless. George Bernard Shaw

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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw

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My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world. George Bernard Shaw

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The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. George Bernard Shaw

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If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion. George Bernard Shaw

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The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen. George Bernard Shaw

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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

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The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die. George Bernard Shaw

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Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of. George Bernard Shaw

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The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor. George Bernard Shaw

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I want to be all used up when I die. George Bernard Shaw

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Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million. George Bernard Shaw

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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw

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Lack of money is the root of all evil. George Bernard Shaw

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If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example. George Bernard Shaw

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Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous George Bernard Shaw

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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw

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The worst sin... is... to be indifferent. George Bernard Shaw

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The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

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Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world. George Bernard Shaw

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Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it. George Bernard Shaw

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What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real. George Bernard Shaw

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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience! George Bernard Shaw

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Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well. George Bernard Shaw

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He who has never hoped can never despair. George Bernard Shaw

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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. George Bernard Shaw

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We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us! George Bernard Shaw

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Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. George Bernard Shaw

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You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race. George Bernard Shaw

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The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. George Bernard Shaw

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Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics. George Bernard Shaw

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Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination. George Bernard Shaw

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The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another. George Bernard Shaw

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The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw

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Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first. George Bernard Shaw

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Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality. George Bernard Shaw

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw

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Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. George Bernard Shaw

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Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life. George Bernard Shaw

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Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy. George Bernard Shaw

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Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. George Bernard Shaw

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Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated. George Bernard Shaw

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I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you. George Bernard Shaw

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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. George Bernard Shaw

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The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians. George Bernard Shaw

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Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. George Bernard Shaw

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Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature! George Bernard Shaw

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The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing. George Bernard Shaw