"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic
is no more to the point than the fact than
a drunken man is happier than a sober one."
George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950) Irish comic dramatist
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Pretty funny, even for a talented Stalinist. I don't know that I've ever seen a study on the percentage of happy drunks vs. mean drunks. hmmm But, all that I've ever seen or heard (even from the leftist / godless media) is that the faithful (attempting to follow natural law and understanding forgiveness) are happier than the non-faithful.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And this relates to liberty how?
     -- Bob D, Rossford, Ohio     
    I've seen some pretty unhappy believers in my time and the happiest person in our neighborhood is an Agnostic. I doubt that believers, on the whole, are any happier than sceptics.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Shaw praised Stalin and the USSR even as they were murdering millions of their own people for no reason. I take nothing that he says seriously.
     -- Joe H, New York City     
    What Mike said. Nothing that comes out of the mouth of a Stalinist can have any validity.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
    I've never known a happy drunk.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    If I look at this as regarding one's belief in (what's become of) our political system(s) instead of in a particular religion, it takes on a whole new meaning. But I don't like Stalinists either.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Happiness comes from the freedom to believe, not believe, or to say I don't know or I don't care. Those who forcefully try to push people to believe or not believe are the sad ones. So Bob yes freedom of choice is what liberty is all about. I give it one star for being a thought provoking quote.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Love it - typical GBS humor
     -- RBESRQ     
    Whatever Shaw's policial leanings, this quote is right on.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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