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"No one could be more happy than a man who has never known affliction"
Fay Weldon
George Bernard Shaw Quotes
A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
George Bernard Shaw

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.
George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
George Bernard Shaw

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
George Bernard Shaw

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.
George Bernard Shaw

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected
George Bernard Shaw

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
George Bernard Shaw

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend - if you have one.
George Bernard Shaw

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
George Bernard Shaw

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
George Bernard Shaw

An index is a great leveller.
George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw

As well consult a butcher on the value of vegetarianism as a doctor on the worth of vaccination.
George Bernard Shaw

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
George Bernard Shaw

At present, intelligent people do not have their children vaccinated, nor does the law now compel them to. The result is not, as the Jennerians prophesied, the extermination of the human race by smallpox; on the contrary more people are now killed by vaccination than by smallpox.
George Bernard Shaw

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
George Bernard Shaw

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
George Bernard Shaw

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
George Bernard Shaw

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
George Bernard Shaw

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
George Bernard Shaw

Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of organized life.
George Bernard Shaw

Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw

Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple... Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
George Bernard Shaw

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing - a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.
George Bernard Shaw

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw

Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.
George Bernard Shaw

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
George Bernard Shaw

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
George Bernard Shaw

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
George Bernard Shaw

Fashions are the only induced epidemics, proving that epidemics can be induced by tradesmen.
George Bernard Shaw

Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.
George Bernard Shaw

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
George Bernard Shaw

Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
George Bernard Shaw

Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
George Bernard Shaw

General consultant to mankind.
George Bernard Shaw

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw

Go anywhere in England where there are natural wholesome, contented and really nice English people; and what do you find? That the stables are the real centre of the household.
George Bernard Shaw

Go on writing plays, my boy, One of these days one of these London producers will go into his office and say to his secretary, "Is there a play from Shaw this morning?" and when she says, "No," he will say, "Well, then we'll have to start on the rubbish." And that's your chance, my boy.
George Bernard Shaw

Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
George Bernard Shaw

He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
George Bernard Shaw

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

He's a man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
George Bernard Shaw

How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.
George Bernard Shaw

I absolutely forbid any such outrage.
George Bernard Shaw

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
George Bernard Shaw

I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.
George Bernard Shaw

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
George Bernard Shaw

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
George Bernard Shaw

I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
George Bernard Shaw

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
George Bernard Shaw

I hate performers who debase great works of art; I long for their annihilation.
George Bernard Shaw

I hope you have lost your good looks, for while they last any fool can adore you, and the adoration of fools is bad for the soul. No, give me a ruined complexion and a lost figure and sixteen chins on a farmyard of Crow's feet and an obvious wig. Then you shall see me coming out strong.
George Bernard Shaw

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
George Bernard Shaw

I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
George Bernard Shaw

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw

I want to be all used up when I die.
George Bernard Shaw

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.
George Bernard Shaw

I've posed nude for a photographer in the manner of Rodin's Thinker, but I merely looked constipated.
George Bernard Shaw

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience
George Bernard Shaw

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!
George Bernard Shaw

If Pygmalion is not good enough for your friends with its own verbal music, their talent must be altogether extraordinary.
George Bernard Shaw

If you can say a thing with one stroke, unanswerably you have style; if not, you are at best a marchande de plaisir; a decorative littérateur, or a musical confectioner, or a painter of fans with cupids and cocottes. Handel had power.
George Bernard Shaw

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

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

If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves.
George Bernard Shaw

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
George Bernard Shaw

If you strike a child take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
George Bernard Shaw

In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
George Bernard Shaw

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
George Bernard Shaw

In your Salvation shelter I saw poverty, misery, cold and hunger. You gave them bread and treacle and dreams of heaven. I give from thirty shillings a week to twelve thousand a year. They find their own dreams; but I look after the drainage.
George Bernard Shaw

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
George Bernard Shaw

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.
George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
George Bernard Shaw

It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.
George Bernard Shaw

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
George Bernard Shaw

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
George Bernard Shaw

It was from Handel that I learned that style consists in force of assertion.
George Bernard Shaw

It's so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right.
George Bernard Shaw

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw

Let a short Act of Parliament be passed, placing all street musicians outside the protection of the law, so that any citizen may assail them with stones, sticks, knives, pistols or bombs without incurring any penalties.
George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
George Bernard Shaw

Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air... It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog's life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
George Bernard Shaw

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
George Bernard Shaw

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw

Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.
George Bernard Shaw

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
George Bernard Shaw

Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
George Bernard Shaw

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
George Bernard Shaw

Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness and ugliness.
George Bernard Shaw

Most people do not pray; they only beg.
George Bernard Shaw

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
George Bernard Shaw

My reputation grows with every failure.
George Bernard Shaw

Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
George Bernard Shaw

Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
George Bernard Shaw

New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.
George Bernard Shaw

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
George Bernard Shaw

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
George Bernard Shaw

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
George Bernard Shaw

Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

Only Lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt for jury duty.
George Bernard Shaw

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
George Bernard Shaw

Orchestras only need to be sworn at, and a German is consequently at an advantage with them, as English profanity, except in America, has not gone beyond a limited technology of perdition.
George Bernard Shaw

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
George Bernard Shaw

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
George Bernard Shaw

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
George Bernard Shaw

Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.
George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
George Bernard Shaw

Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
George Bernard Shaw

Property is organized robbery.
George Bernard Shaw

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
George Bernard Shaw

Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
George Bernard Shaw

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
George Bernard Shaw

She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
George Bernard Shaw

Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English
George Bernard Shaw

Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?
George Bernard Shaw

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
George Bernard Shaw

Syllables govern the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
George Bernard Shaw

The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.
George Bernard Shaw

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
George Bernard Shaw

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw

The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
George Bernard Shaw

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
George Bernard Shaw

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
George Bernard Shaw

The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.
George Bernard Shaw

The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it.
George Bernard Shaw

The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.
George Bernard Shaw

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
George Bernard Shaw

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
George Bernard Shaw

The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
George Bernard Shaw

The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
George Bernard Shaw

The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.
George Bernard Shaw

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
George Bernard Shaw

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
George Bernard Shaw

The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.
George Bernard Shaw

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
George Bernard Shaw

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

The real Brahms is nothing more than a sentimental voluptuary. rather tiresomely addicted to dressing himself up as Handel or Beethoven and making a prolonged and intolerable noise.
George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
George Bernard Shaw

The seven deadly sins... food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes,respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
George Bernard Shaw

The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
George Bernard Shaw

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
George Bernard Shaw

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
George Bernard Shaw

The true joy of life is being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap heap being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances.
George Bernard Shaw

The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
George Bernard Shaw

The utmost I can bear for myself in my best days is that I was one of the hundred best playwrights in the world, which is hardly a supreme distinction.
George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

There are only two classes in good society in England: the equestrian classes and the neurotic classes.
George Bernard Shaw

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.
George Bernard Shaw

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.
George Bernard Shaw

To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.
George Bernard Shaw

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Very few people can afford to be poor.
George Bernard Shaw

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
George Bernard Shaw

Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.
George Bernard Shaw

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
George Bernard Shaw

What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
George Bernard Shaw

What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, moldering books.
George Bernard Shaw

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
George Bernard Shaw

What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say "I know" instead of "I am learning," and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
George Bernard Shaw

What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
George Bernard Shaw

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't got any.
George Bernard Shaw

When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.
George Bernard Shaw

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.
George Bernard Shaw

When the military man approaches, the world locks up its spoons and packs off its womankind.
George Bernard Shaw

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition until death do them part.
George Bernard Shaw

When your eyes are fixed in the stare of unconsciousness, and your throat coughs the last gasping breath - as one dragged in the dark to a great precipice - what assistance are a wife and child?
George Bernard Shaw

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.
George Bernard Shaw

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
George Bernard Shaw

Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!
George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
George Bernard Shaw

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.
George Bernard Shaw

You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
George Bernard Shaw

You have to choose between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the government. And, with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
George Bernard Shaw

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw

Youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw

Type:
Dramatist
Date of Birth:
1856-07-26
Year of Death:
1950
Nationality:
Irish
 

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