portrait of George Bernard Shaw
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Quotes of the Day for 26 July 2002 – Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was born at Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1856, and became the idol of anyone that cherishes quotes. I've picked six snippets of Shavian wit, but was delighted to have to choose them from well over a hundred in my files.

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The quotes:

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

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.

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

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.

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
     - All today's quotes are from George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950

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