Authors - George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. - Wikipedia

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Quote 15by Anonymous on 07/12/2010

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
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    Quote 183by Anonymous on 20/12/2010

    The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
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      Quote 210by Anonymous on 21/12/2010

      Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
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        Quote 387by Anonymous on 01/01/2011

        Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
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          Quote 428by Anonymous on 02/01/2011

          Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
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            Quote 509by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

            A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.
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              Quote 579by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

              The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
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                Quote 590by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

                In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
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                  Quote 614by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

                  Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.
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                    Quote 717by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                    We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
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                      Quote 783by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                      I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
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                        Quote 833by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                        The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
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                          Quote 1033by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

                          Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
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                            Quote 1294by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                            First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
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                              Quote 1547by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                              Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
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                                Quote 1688by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                                Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
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                                  Quote 1749by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                                  A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
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                                    Quote 1833by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                                    Hell is full of musical amateurs.
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                                      Quote 1937by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                                      This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances.
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                                        Quote 1976by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                                        Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.
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                                          Quote 2049by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

                                          Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
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                                            Quote 2191by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                            A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
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                                              Quote 2240by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

                                              Imagine what you desire. Will what you imagine. Create what you will.
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                                                Quote 2282by Anonymous on 27/01/2011

                                                Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
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                                                  Quote 2341by Anonymous on 28/01/2011

                                                  Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
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                                                    Quote 2371by Anonymous on 28/01/2011

                                                    Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
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                                                      Quote 2468by Anonymous on 30/01/2011

                                                      Lack of money is the root of all evil.
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                                                        Quote 2591by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                        Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
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                                                          Quote 2597by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                          Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
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                                                            Quote 2639by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                            The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
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                                                              Quote 2670by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                              Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
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                                                                Quote 2709by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                It is necessary for the welfare of society that genius should be privileged to utter sedition, to blaspheme, to outrage good taste, to corrupt the youthful mind, and generally to scandalize one's uncles.
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                                                                  Quote 2711by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                  Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
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                                                                    Quote 2995by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                    The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
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                                                                      Quote 3062by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                      Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
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                                                                        Quote 3253by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                        Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
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                                                                          Quote 3508by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                          A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected.
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                                                                            Quote 3558by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                            The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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                                                                              Quote 3670by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                              If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
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                                                                                Quote 3703by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                                Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.
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                                                                                  Quote 3889by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                  All great truths begin as blasphemies.
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                                                                                    Quote 3905by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                    If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
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                                                                                      Quote 3966by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                      When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves.
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                                                                                        Quote 4010by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                        Some men see things as they are and say why - I dream things that never were and say why not.
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                                                                                          Quote 4036by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                          A reasonable man adapts himself to his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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                                                                                            Quote 4039by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                            Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
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                                                                                              Quote 4267by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                              The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
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                                                                                                Quote 4291by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
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                                                                                                  Quote 4296by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                  A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
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                                                                                                    Quote 4417by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                                                                                    If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton. You may as well make it dance.
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                                                                                                      Quote 4509by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                                      Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!
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                                                                                                        Quote 4718by Anonymous on 26/02/2011

                                                                                                        Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
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                                                                                                          Quote 4781by Anonymous on 27/02/2011

                                                                                                          It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
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                                                                                                            Quote 4875by Anonymous on 03/03/2011

                                                                                                            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.
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                                                                                                              Quote 4884by Anonymous on 20/04/2011

                                                                                                              In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
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                                                                                                                Quote 4954by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                                                                                                A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
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                                                                                                                  Quote 5410by Anonymous on 27/06/2011

                                                                                                                  Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
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                                                                                                                    Quote 5995by Anonymous on 11/09/2011

                                                                                                                    I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
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                                                                                                                      Quote 6244by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                                                                                                                      Alcohol is a very necessary article... It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
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                                                                                                                        Quote 6318by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                                                                                                        If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a footrule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.
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                                                                                                                          Quote 6321by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                                                                                                          Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
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                                                                                                                            Quote 6362by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                                                                                                            Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
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                                                                                                                              Quote 6424by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                              What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.
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                                                                                                                                Quote 6775by Anonymous on 07/10/2011

                                                                                                                                A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
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                                                                                                                                  Quote 6874by Anonymous on 12/10/2011

                                                                                                                                  Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
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                                                                                                                                    Quote 6936by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                                                                                                                                    He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
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                                                                                                                                      Quote 7445by Anonymous on 14/11/2011

                                                                                                                                      There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
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                                                                                                                                        Quote 7546by Anonymous on 18/12/2011

                                                                                                                                        Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
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                                                                                                                                          Quote 7827by Anonymous on 20/02/2012

                                                                                                                                          The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
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                                                                                                                                            Quote 8123by Anonymous on 23/04/2012

                                                                                                                                            You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
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                                                                                                                                              Quote 8207by Anonymous on 28/04/2012

                                                                                                                                              I asked my daughter when she was 16, What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss. But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth.
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                                                                                                                                                Quote 8363by Anonymous on 07/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
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                                                                                                                                                  Quote 8378by Anonymous on 08/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                  Anything is good if it's made of chocolate.
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                                                                                                                                                    Quote 8456by Anonymous on 14/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                    Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
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                                                                                                                                                      Quote 8916by Anonymous on 05/06/2012

                                                                                                                                                      A man should never neglect his family for business.
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                                                                                                                                                        Quote 8998by Anonymous on 09/06/2012

                                                                                                                                                        Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important.
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                                                                                                                                                          Quote 9521by Anonymous on 01/08/2012

                                                                                                                                                          Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
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                                                                                                                                                            Quote 9784by Anonymous on 23/08/2012

                                                                                                                                                            One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
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                                                                                                                                                              Quote 10948by Anonymous on 12/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                              Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
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                                                                                                                                                                Quote 11070by Anonymous on 20/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                                Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
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                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 11096by Anonymous on 22/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                                  I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
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                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 11416by Anonymous on 28/12/2012

                                                                                                                                                                    Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
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                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 11671by Anonymous on 15/01/2013

                                                                                                                                                                      An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means.There is no such thing in the country.
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                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 11843by Anonymous on 26/01/2013

                                                                                                                                                                        No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
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                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 12029by Anonymous on 18/02/2013

                                                                                                                                                                          Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 12061by Anonymous on 24/02/2013

                                                                                                                                                                            We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
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                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 12197by Anonymous on 15/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                              It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
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                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 12237by Anonymous on 18/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 12253by Anonymous on 19/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                  All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 12315by Anonymous on 24/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                    If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 12580by Anonymous on 30/04/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                      Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 12671by Anonymous on 08/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                        Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 12705by Anonymous on 13/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                          Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 12769by Anonymous on 18/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                            Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 12933by Anonymous on 02/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                              Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 12951by Anonymous on 04/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 13146by Anonymous on 22/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 13208by Anonymous on 27/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                    An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 13252by Anonymous on 01/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                      He who has never hoped can never despair.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 13275by Anonymous on 03/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down airport concourses carrying bags.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 13350by Anonymous on 10/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 13487by Anonymous on 26/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich--something for nothing.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 13579by Anonymous on 04/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed but that he cannot believe anyone else.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 13665by Anonymous on 18/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 13700by Anonymous on 24/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
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