George Bernard Shaw

26 Jul 1856 // 2 Nov 1950
Playwright / Critical


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What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it
What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves
Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than poor women without chastity
People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them
Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented, clerking is the very worst
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man
No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."