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Bernard Shaw

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message 1: by Héctor (new)

Héctor | 228 comments Your weak side, my diabolic friend, is that you have always been a gull: you take Man at his own valuation. Nothing would flatter him more than your opinion of him. He loves to think of himself as bold and bad. He is neither one nor the other: he is only a coward. Call him tyrant, murderer, pirate, bully; and he will adore you, and swagger about with the consciousness of having the blood of the old sea kings in his veins. Call him liar and thief; and he will only take an action against you for libel. But call him coward; and he will go mad with rage: he will face death to outface that stinging truth. 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. Yet all his civilization is founded on his cowardice, on his abject tameness, which he calls his respectability. There are limits to what a mule or an ass will stand; but Man will suffer himself to be degraded until his vileness becomes so loathsome to his oppressors that they themselves are forced to reform it.

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman


message 2: by Vince (new)

Vince | 29 comments "Common people do not pray; they only beg."

-Misalliance


message 3: by Héctor (last edited Nov 09, 2008 12:23AM) (new)

Héctor | 228 comments [image error]

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

George Bernard Shaw


message 4: by Ms. J (new)

Ms. J Johnson | 4 comments "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who do not have it."
— George Bernard Shaw


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