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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

Lines from the Plays

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

If you are going to pick and choose your acquaintances on moral principles, you had better clear out of this country, unless you want to cut yourself out of all decent society.

What right have you to choose your own father?

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

It’s unwise to be born; it’s unwise to be married; it’s unwise to live; and it’s wise to die.

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.

The truth is the one thing that nobody will believe.

A coquette is a woman who rouses passions she has no intention of gratifying.

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

The formation of a young lady’s mind and character usually consists in telling her lies.

It is a woman’s business to get married as soon as possible, and a man’s to keep unmarried as long as he can.

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us—ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are of our naked skins.