portrait of George Bernard Shaw
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Quotes of the Day for 26 July 2004 – 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:

All great truths begin as blasphemies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
     - All from George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950

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