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July 26, 2004

o pshaw

Filed under: — David Giacalone @ 7:24 pm

quote marks right


In this political season, here are some of our favorite George Bernard Shaw quotations (from quotations page.com): 



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


You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. 
                      ”Misalliance”


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you
were born in it.            


You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
                       “Misalliance”


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. 

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a
drunken man is happier than a sober one.


He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
                        Major Barbara (1907) act 3



Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
                      Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”


We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth
without producing it.
                     Candida (1898) act 1


Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability. 
                     The Devil’s Disciple (1901) act 3


All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
                     The Doctor’s Dilemma (1911) act 1


When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
                     Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)


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

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