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George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. more

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

I want to be all used up when I die.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
[Dancing is] A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing --a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.
Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?
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.
A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.
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.
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
My reputation grew with every failure.
Success covers a multitude of blunders.
The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching Man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God's hand, his brain as God's brain, his purpose as God's purpose. He must regard God as a helpless Longing, which longed him into existence by its desperate need for an executive organ.
A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
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.
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.
There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
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.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.
Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity, and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness, and ugliness.
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.
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.
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper -- and despise it.
Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.
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.
The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her.
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.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
It is all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.
If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.
A man who has no office to go to -- I don't care who he is -- is a trial of which you can have no conception.
Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.
Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog's life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
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.
It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. You are always at the crisis: I am always in the convalescent stage.
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
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.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
If women were as fastidious as men, morally or physically, there would be an end of the race.
I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Money is indeed the most important thing in the world; and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.
The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty. Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
Morality is suspecting other people of not being legally married.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.
Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.
If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.
A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.
The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.
We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
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.
Common people do not pray; they only beg.
The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.
All problems are finally scientific problems.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
All progress means war with society.
All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
Property is organized robbery.
It has taken me nearly twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public; and I am not sure that I am not still regarded as a suspicious character in some quarters.
Better never than late.
We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
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?
I feel nothing but the accursed happiness I have dreaded all my life long: the happiness that comes as life goes, the happiness of yielding and dreaming instead of resisting and doing, the sweetness of the fruit that is going rotten.
Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.
Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.
Science is always wrong, it never solves a problem without creating ten more.
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.
Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
We live in an atmosphere of shame. 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 ashamed of our naked skins.
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.
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.
I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
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.
A man of great common sense and good taste -- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.
Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.
If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentlemen, he may pronounce as he pleases.
The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.
Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.
As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.
I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.
Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough.
Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real center of the household.
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.
Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich, something for nothing.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
My father must have had some elementary education for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately
Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.
He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.
No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.
The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.
I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
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.
We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it.
She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.
The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.
Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?
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.
In your Salvation shelter I saw poverty, misery, cold and hunger. You gave them bread and treacle and dreams of heaven. I give from thirty shillings a week to twelve thousand a year. They find their own dreams; but I look after the drainage.
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.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
Those who try to make life one long holiday find that they need a holiday from that too.
Vegetarians claim to be immune from most diseases but they have been known to die from time to time.
Do not mistake your objection to defeat for an objection to fighting, your objection to being a slave for an objection to slavery, your objection to not being as rich as your neighbor for an objection to poverty. The cowardly, the insubordinate, and the envious share your objections.
This comes of James teaching me to think for myself, and never to hold back out of fear of what other people may think of me. It works beautifully as long as I think the same things as he does.
Nothing makes a man so selfish as work.
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
You have to choose between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the Capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.
You have set up in New York Harbor a monstrous idol which you call Liberty. The only thing that remains to complete that monument is to put on its pedestal the inscription written by Dante on the gate of hell: All hope abandon ye who enter here.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not?
Majesty: when a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find an Englishman doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
Every man over 40 is a scoundrel.
Instruction in sex is as important as instruction in food; yet not only are our adolescents not taught the physiology of sex, but never warned that the strongest sexual attraction may exist between persons so incompatible in tastes and capacities that they could not endure living together for a week much less a lifetime.
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
All young women begin by believing they can change and reform the men they marry. They can't.