1856-1950. Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
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I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
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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.
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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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Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
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The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
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Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
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It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
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