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  • 191.
    It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Stray Sayings," Man and Superman (1903).
  • 192.
    What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say "I know" instead of "I am learning," and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for scepticism and activity.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "The Latest Theories," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).
  • 193.
    The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Androcles and the Lion, preface (1916).

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  • 194.
    The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and His Art (1920). "From the Point of View of the Playwright," The Drama Observed , ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).

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  • 195.
    It is easy—terribly easy—to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Morell, in Candida, act 1.

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  • 196.
    Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright and critic. "The Latest Theories," preface, The Doctor's Dilemma (1911).
  • 197.
    The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). Anderson, in The Devil's Disciple, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • 198.
    It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1911). Fanny O'Dowda, in Fanny's First Play, introduction, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).
  • 199.
    The function of comedy is to dispel ... unconsciousness by turning the searchlight of the keenest moral and intellectual analysis right on to it.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in the Saturday Review (March 27, 1897). "Meredith on Comedy," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).
  • 200.
    My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1904). Father Keegan, in John Bull's Other Island, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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