1856-1950. Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
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No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.
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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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Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
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When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
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It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
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There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
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We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
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I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
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