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English: Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard...

English: Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw writing in notebook at time of first production of his play “Pygmalion.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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 of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life. Whether Socrates got as much out of life as [John] Wesley [the founder of Methodism] is an unanswerable question, but a nation of Socrateses would be much safer and happier than a nation of Wesley.”

George Bernard Shaw (quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations)

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“If you want to he happy yourself, if you are ┬átruly civilized, you want others to be happy. Every man ought, to the extent of his ability, to increase the happiness of mankind, for the reason that that will increase his own.

–Robert Ingersoll, quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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