1856-1950. Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
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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Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple. Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
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You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.
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Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.
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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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If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!
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No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.
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The seven deadly sins... food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
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The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.
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