1856-1950. Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
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Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
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Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
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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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The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
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The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
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He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.
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Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can't blame them for that, can you?
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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
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