George Bernard Shaw

26 Jul 1856 // 2 Nov 1950
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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing
Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is
Beware of the man whose god is in the skies
A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering
The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car
Revolutionary moments attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them
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