Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.
~ Character in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
~ in Maxims For Revolutionists
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
~ in The Revolutionists Handbook
A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself.
Power does not corrupt men; but fools, if they get into a position of power, corrupt it.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
When we want to read of the deeds that are done for love, whither do we turn? To the murder column.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’
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“George Bernard Shaw once sent Winston Churchill two tickets for the opening night of one of his new plays, noting, “Bring a friend — if you have one”; to which Churchill wrote back to say that hew was othewise engaged opening night, but would appreciate tickets for the second performance, “it there is one.” (Andreas I. Aristides, in The Gentle Art of the Resounding Put-Down)
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