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Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

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  • 91.
    The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbour to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Speech, April 11, 1933, New York City.
  • 92.
    Parentage is a very important profession; but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of children.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), British (Irish-born) playwright. Everybody's Political What's What . . ., ch. IX (1944).

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  • 93.
    Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Servants," Man and Superman (1903).

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  • 94.
    When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). The He-Ancient, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 95.
    Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Stay Sayings," Man and Superman (1903).
  • 96.
    I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Broadcast, July 11, 1932.

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  • 97.
    Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Servants," Man and Superman (1903).
  • 98.
    A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavour to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The elderly gentleman, in "Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman," Back to Methuselah.

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  • 99.
    If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic.
  • 100.
    We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1936). Epifania, in The Millionairess, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).

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