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  • 241.
    In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First published 1942). Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality, ch. 16, Atheneum (1963).
  • 242.
    Paradoxes are the only truths.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Tarleton, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • 243.
    I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead—ahead of myself as well as you.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Bishop of Chelsea, in Getting Married.

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  • 244.
    Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Joey Percival, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 245.
    One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1929). Proteus, in The Apple Cart, act 1, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).
  • 246.
    It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. letter, Sept. 25, 1906, to The Times (London). "The Simplified Spelling Proposals," On Language , ed. Abraham Tauber, Philosophical Library (1963).
  • 247.
    The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1923). Bishop Cauchon, in Saint Joan, epilogue, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 6, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1973).
  • 248.
    He said that private practice in medicine ought to be put down by law. When I asked him why, he said that private doctors were ignorant licensed murders.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Jennifer Dubedate, paraphrasing Dr. Blenkinsop, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • 249.
    There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Preface, Getting Married (1908).

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  • 250.
    All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. first published in M.A.P. (Sept. 17, 1898). "In the Days of My Youth," Sixteen Self Sketches, Constable (1949). M.A.P. (Mainly About People).
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