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Back to Methuselah Quotes by George Bernard Shaw



You see things; and you say, ‘Why’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’.
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Everything is possible: everything.
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Adam: There is something that holds us together, something that has no word—­
The Serpent: Love. Love. Love.
Adam: That is too short a word for so long a thing.
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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
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Life must not cease. That comes before everything. It is silly to say you do not care. You do care. It is that care that will prompt your imagination; inflame your desires; make your will irresistible; and create out of nothing.
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Life is too short for men to take it seriously.
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I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worth while.
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There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves.
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Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
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Silence … the most perfect expression of scorn.
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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
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Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.
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Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.
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When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
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Love is a simple thing and a deep thing: it is an act of life and not an illusion.
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Back to Methuselah - a preface and series of five plays by Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw: In the Beginning: B.C. 4004 (In the Garden of Eden), The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas: Present Day, The Thing Happens: A.D. 2170, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman: A.D. 3000, and As Far as Thought Can Reach: A.D. 31,920. Shaw was born July 26, 1856, and died on November 2, 1950.




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