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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Dramatist
Nation: Irish
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The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

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He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

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Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

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There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

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Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.

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If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.

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A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

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Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

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

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Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.

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Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.

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Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

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Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

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There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

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Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

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Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.

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It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

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

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The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

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Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

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The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

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Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

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Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!

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You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'

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Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

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The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

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The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.

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A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.

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I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

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The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.

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I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.

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Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

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Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.

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Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.

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Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

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The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.

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All great truths begin as blasphemies.

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In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.

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An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.

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Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

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The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.

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When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

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Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

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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.

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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

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Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.

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Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.

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Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.

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A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

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If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.

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Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.

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

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An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.

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The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.

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Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

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Hell is full of musical amateurs.

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

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No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.

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The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

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A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.

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Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.

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I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.

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A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

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Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.

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

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Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.

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I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

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Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

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The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.

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Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

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The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.

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There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

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Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.

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Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.

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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.

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If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.

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Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.

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Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.

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Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.

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The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.

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The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.

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When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

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One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.

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Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.

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Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.

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It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.

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Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.

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The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

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Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

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The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

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Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.

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Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

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The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

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In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.

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We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

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Lack of money is the root of all evil.

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Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

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