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  Proverb Zone > Author > George Bernard Shaw

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A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.

Do not waste your time on social questions. What is the matter with poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

If you can not get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

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.

Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

The definition of virtue: insufficient temptation.

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.

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.

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.

There is no sincerer love than love of food.

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

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