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 :: 1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist

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All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Religion]

 

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An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Sanity]

 

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An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Elections]

 

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An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Morality]

 

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As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Improvement]

 

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As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Dissatisfaction]

 

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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Assassination]

 

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Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Beauty]

 

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Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Virtue]

 

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Better never than late.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Punctuality]

 

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Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Payment]

 

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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 - [Equality]

 

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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 - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Censorship]

 

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Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Elections]

 

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Common people do not pray; they only beg.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Prayer]

 

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Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Voting]

 

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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Democracy]

 

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Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Giving]

 

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