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萧伯纳:我开玩笑的方式就是吐露真相

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
精準的观察力常会被反应慢半拍的人指为冷嘲热讽。
──巴塞托所聆听一八九○至九四年的伦敦音乐 The World (18 July 1894), Music in London 1890-1894

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.
一个人信以为真的事,也许并非来自他的个人信念,而是来自他习以为常的假设。
──给革命者的箴言 Maxims for Revolutionists

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
自由意味着责任。这就是多数人惧怕自由的原因。
──人与超人 Man and Superman

When will we realize that the fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to.
不论任何事一开始多令人作呕,人终究会对它习以为常。意识到这事实之后,我们才会仔细检视周遭司空见惯的事。
──《父母与子女专题研究》(A Treatise on Parents and Children)

The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child’s character.
最卑劣的堕胎者,即是试图刻凿孩子性格的人。
──《给革命者的箴言》(Maxims for the Revolutionists)

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
他很无知,却自视无所不知。政客就是这副德性。
──《巴巴拉上校》(Major Barbara)

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
每当蠢男人做出颜面尽失的事,总会宣称自己是义不容辞。
──凯撒与克丽奥佩特拉 Caesar and Cleopatra

Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.
科学一旦自视解决了所有问题,就会开始变得危险。
──《医生的两难》(The Doctor’s Dilemma)

There is only one religion, though there are hundred versions of it.
世上只有一门宗教,然而版本却有百种。
──《快意与不快意的戏剧》(Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant)

All progress means wars with Society.
所有进步都是一场与社会的斗争。
──《婚姻》(Getting Married)

My way of joking is telling the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.
我开玩笑的方式就是吐露真相。真相乃世界上最荒诞的笑话。
──《英国佬的另一个岛》(John Bull’s Other Island)