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675 Inspiring Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

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Wikipedia Summary for George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education. By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra.

Shaw's expressed views were often contentious; he promoted eugenics and alphabet reform, and opposed vaccination and organised religion. He courted unpopularity by denouncing both sides in the First World War as equally culpable, and although not a republican, castigated British policy on Ireland in the postwar period. These stances had no lasting effect on his standing or productivity as a dramatist; the inter-war years saw a series of often ambitious plays, which achieved varying degrees of popular success. In 1938 he provided the screenplay for a filmed version of Pygmalion for which he received an Academy Award. His appetite for politics and controversy remained undiminished; by the late 1920s he had largely renounced Fabian Society gradualism and often wrote and spoke favourably of dictatorships of the right and left—he expressed admiration for both Mussolini and Stalin. In the final decade of his life he made fewer public statements, but continued to write prolifically until shortly before his death, aged ninety-four, having refused all state honours, including the Order of Merit in 1946.

Since Shaw's death scholarly and critical opinion about his works has varied, but he has regularly been rated among British dramatists as second only to Shakespeare; analysts recognise his extensive influence on generations of English-language playwrights. The word Shavian has entered the language as encapsulating Shaw's ideas and his means of expressing them.

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Crime is only the retail department of what, in wholesale, we call penal law.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.

--George Bernard Shaw

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After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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The American white relegates the black to the rank of shoeshine boy; and he concludes from this that the black is good for nothing but shining shoes.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.

--George Bernard Shaw

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In art, as in politics, there is no such thing as gratitude.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

--George Bernard Shaw

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To the person with a toothache, even if the world is tottering, there is nothing more important than a visit to a dentist.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.

--George Bernard Shaw

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For nearly twenty years I have been a published author... But I have never yet seen a book of mine offered for sale in a shop window.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Once the divinity we worshipped made itself visible and comprehensible, we crucified it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It is ridiculous to say that art has nothing to do with morality. What is true is that the artist's business is not that of the policeman.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It's a dangerous thing to be married right up to the hilt, like my daughter's husband. The man is at home all day, like a damned soul in hell.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Patriotism is a word which always commemorates a robbery.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Hate is the revenge of a coward intimidated.

--George Bernard Shaw

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My method of getting a play across the footlights is like a revolver shooting: every line has a bullet in it and comes with an explosion.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I have my own soul. My own spark of divine fire.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a damned nuisance. I find that the moment I let myself make friends with a woman, I become selfish and tyrannical.

--George Bernard Shaw

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We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child's character.

--George Bernard Shaw

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My reputation grows with every failure.

--George Bernard Shaw

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When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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People who are hard, grasping and always ready to take advantage of their neighbors become very rich.

--George Bernard Shaw

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We are the living graves of murdered beasts, slaughtered to satisfy our appetites. How can we hope in this world to attain the peace we say we are so anxious for?

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Man is unique in that he has plans, purpose and goals which require the need for criteria of choice. The need for ethical value is within man whose future may largely be determined by the choice he make.

--George Bernard Shaw

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There is at bottom only one genuinely scientific treatment for all diseases, and that is to stimulate the phagocytes.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.

--George Bernard Shaw

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There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness and none more profitable.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It is nearly 50 years since I was assured by a conclave of doctors that if I did not eat meat I should die of starvation.

--George Bernard Shaw


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No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

--George Bernard Shaw

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We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good what would he say now.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Treat a friend as a person who may someday become your enemy; an enemy as a person who may someday become your friend.

--George Bernard Shaw

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What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity to heave bricks at respectable persons.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Life is a flame that is always burning itself out; but it catches fire again every time a child is born. Life is greater than death, and hope than despair.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

--George Bernard Shaw

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People get tired of everything, and of nothing sooner than of what they most like.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Those who admire modern civilization usually identify it with the steam engine and the electric telegraph.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.

--George Bernard Shaw



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The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Write your Sad times in Sand,

Write your Good times in Stone.

--George Bernard Shaw


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You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.

--George Bernard Shaw

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While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal living conditions on this earth?

--George Bernard Shaw


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Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Activity is the only road to knowledge.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The buried truth germinates and breaks through to the light.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.

--George Bernard Shaw

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You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell.

--George Bernard Shaw



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What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.

--George Bernard Shaw

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We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!

--George Bernard Shaw

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Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Never resist temptation: prove all things: hold fast that which is good.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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The Englishmen is at his best on the links and at his worst in the Cabinet.

--George Bernard Shaw

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There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The fact is that the intrinsic worth of the book, play or whatever the author is trying to sell is the least, last factor in the the whole transaction.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It is not enough to know what is good: you must be able to do it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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Financiers live in a world of illusion. They count on something which they call the capital of the country, which has no existence.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The road to ignorance is paved with good editors.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Woman reduces us all to the common denominator.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The person who is ignorant enough to believe that his nourishment depends on meat is in a horrible dilemma.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If a woman rebels against high-heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Nothing is more dangerous than a poor doctor: not even a poor employer or a poor landlord.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Of the three official objects of our prison system: vengeance, deterrence, and reformation of the criminal, only one is achieved; and that is the one which is nakedly abominable.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.

--George Bernard Shaw

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An index is a great leveller.

--George Bernard Shaw

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What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Take the utmost care to get well born and well brought up.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Let not the right side of your brain know what the left side doeth.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Telling the truth is the funniest joke in the world.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Making Life means making trouble.

--George Bernard Shaw

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You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It is clear that a novel cannot be too bad to be worth publishing... It certainly is possible for a novel to be too good to be worth publishing.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Martyrdom... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.

--George Bernard Shaw

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When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport. When a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Vitality is a woman is a blind fury of creation.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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All great truths begin as blasphemies.

--George Bernard Shaw


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We are members one of another; so that you cannot injure or help your neighbor without injuring or helping yourself.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Your heart and your mouth wil be in two separate parts of your body if you again forget in whose presence you stand.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Remember that the progress of the world depends on your knowing better than your elders.

--George Bernard Shaw


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The mathematician is fascinated with the marvelous beauty of the forms he constructs, and in their beauty he finds everlasting truth.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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I hate the poor and look forward eagerly to their extermination.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Very nice sort of place, Oxford, I should think, for people that like that sort of place.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Worst of all, there is no sign of any relaxation of antisemitism. Logically it has nothing to do with Fascism. But the human raceis imitative rather than logical; and as Fascism spreads antisemitism spreads.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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Our ideals, like the gods of old, are constantly demanding human sacrifices.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do?

--George Bernard Shaw

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My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I have studied him -- the wonderful man -- and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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This is the true joy-the being used for the purpose recognized as a mighty one.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A 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

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If you can't appreciate what you've got, you'd better get what you can appreciate.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Boasting about modesty is typical of the English.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I occasionally swank a little because people like it; a modest man is such a nuisance.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.

--George Bernard Shaw

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He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

--George Bernard Shaw


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There is no sincerer love than the love of ice cream.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The man who has never made a mistake will never make anything else.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Dancing is a very crude attempt to get into the rhythm of life.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Love is the gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.

--George Bernard Shaw

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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

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict without a single amiable trait.

--George Bernard Shaw

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This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Creation is a miracle of daily recurrence. 'A miracle a minute' would not be a bad slogan for God.

--George Bernard Shaw

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When you read a biography remember that the truth is never fit for publication.

--George Bernard Shaw

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In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.

--George Bernard Shaw

Arizona landscape

The real pleasure of one's life is the devotion to a great objective of one's consideration.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Emotional excitement reaches men through tea, tobacco, opium, whisky, and religion.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Whisky is liquid sunshine.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A succession of eye-openers each involving the repudiation of some previously held belief.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A love affair should always be a honeymoon. And the only way to make sure of that is to keep changing the man; for the same man can never keep it up.

--George Bernard Shaw

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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It seems as though every time you learn something new you have to give up something.

--George Bernard Shaw


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Most of my recent plays were written in the railway train between Hatfield and Kings Cross. I write anywhere, on the top of omnibuses or wherever I may be; it is all the same to me.

--George Bernard Shaw

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. 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

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Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.

--George Bernard Shaw


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

--George Bernard Shaw

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What is wrong with the prosaic Englishman is what is wrong with the prosaic men of all countries: stupidity.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words 'Remember that I too am mortal'.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If we women were particular about men's characters, we should never get married at all.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Science, never solves a problem without creating ten more.

--George Bernard Shaw

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No community has ever yet passed beyond the initial phases in which its pugnacity and fanaticism enabled it to found a nation, and its cupidity to establish and develop a commercial civilization.

--George Bernard Shaw

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We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The business man -- the man to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Every Englishman believes that Handel now occupies an important position in heaven. If so, le bon Dieu must feel toward him very much as Louis Treize felt toward Richelieu.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

--George Bernard Shaw

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It's prudent to gain the whole world and lose your own soul. But don't forget that your soul sticks to you if you stick to it; but the world has a way of slipping through your fingers.

--George Bernard Shaw

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If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.

--George Bernard Shaw

red flowers with water droplets

Death is for many of us the gate of hell;
but we are inside on the way out,
not outside on the way in.

--George Bernard Shaw

A view of the night showing stars

Wise kings wear shabby clothes, and leave the gold lace to the drum major.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentlemen.

--George Bernard Shaw

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When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.

--George Bernard Shaw

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As 99 per cent of English authors and 100 per cent of American ones authors are just such imbeciles, managers and publishers make a practice of asking for every right the author possesses.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Now of all the idealist abominations that make society pestiferous I doubt if there be any so mean as that of forcing self-sacrifice on a woman under the pretense that she likes it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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I love little children too but I don't cut off their heads and stick them in vases.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man who desires to get married should know everything or nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Medical science is as yet very imperfectly differentiated from common cure-mongering witchcraft.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The most sublime courage I have ever witnessed has been among that class too poor to know they possessed it, and too humble for the world to discover it.

--George Bernard Shaw

red rose

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

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Lack of money is the root of of all evil.

--George Bernard Shaw

water on seashore

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

person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock

We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?

--George Bernard Shaw

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.

--George Bernard Shaw

time lapse photography body of water

Jesus remains unshaken as the practical man; and we stand exposed as the fools, the blunderers, the unpractical visionaries.

--George Bernard Shaw

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

The sound body is the product of the sound mind.

--George Bernard Shaw

green leaf in close up photography

In a hospital they throw you out into the street before you are half cured, but in a nursing home they don't let you out till you are dead.

--George Bernard Shaw

photography of white wall lot

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

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters anymore. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

--George Bernard Shaw

feet in stream

I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

You're only a beginner; and what you think is love, and interest, and all that, is not real love at all: three quarters of it is only unsatisfied curiosity.

--George Bernard Shaw

solid background

There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle.

--George Bernard Shaw


man and woman kissing

Oh, well, if you want original conversations, you'd better go and talk to yourself.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset highway

It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.

--George Bernard Shaw

rock formation under starry skies

O Lord! I don't know which is the worst of the country, the walking or the sitting at home with nothing to do.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink and teal striped textile

Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Effectiveness of assertion is the alpha and omega of style.

--George Bernard Shaw

white

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

Painting of Stonehenge

You don't expect me to know what to say about a play when I don't know who the author is, do you? ... If it's by a good author, it's a good play, naturally. That stands to reason.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

--George Bernard Shaw

person in black and white mask

Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.

--George Bernard Shaw

grayscale photography of elephant

A tranquil woman can go on sewing longer than an angry man can go on fuming.

--George Bernard Shaw

black wooden door near green plant

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

Blue to purple gradient

You don't get tired of muffins, but you don't find inspiration in them.

--George Bernard Shaw

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

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

--George Bernard Shaw

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

--George Bernard Shaw


green trees under blue sky at daytime

I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog.

--George Bernard Shaw

rock formation in body of water

A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple flowered hedge plants

The idea of personal salvation is intensely repugnant to me when it is not absurd. Imagine Roosevelt, the big brute, preserving his personality in a future state and swaggering about as a celestial Rough Rider!

--George Bernard Shaw

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman standing on sunflower field

There are two things necessary to Salvation.... Money and gunpowder.

--George Bernard Shaw

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

Marriage is to me apostasy, profanation of the sanctuary of my soul, violation of my manhood, sale of my birthright, shameful surrender, ignominious capitulation, acceptance of defeat.

--George Bernard Shaw

gray building

When a prisoner sees the door of his dungeon open, he dashes for it without stopping to think where he shall get his dinner outside.

--George Bernard Shaw

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

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

gray elephant

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

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow flowers blooming at field

The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.

--George Bernard Shaw

plain background

Now that we have learned to fly the air like birds, swim under water like fish, we lack one thing -- to learn to live on earth as human beings.

--George Bernard Shaw

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of a person during sunset

To disbelieve in marriage is easy: to love a married woman is easy; but to betray a comrade, to be disloyal to a host, to break the covenant of bread and salt, is impossible.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue and white abstract painting

A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man or woman who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether they be painter or ploughman.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

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

silhouette of trees during nighttime

A married man forms married habits and becomes dependent on marriage just as a sailor becomes dependent on the sea.

--George Bernard Shaw

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

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

--George Bernard Shaw

green trees under white sky during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

green palm plant

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

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow flower in green grass field

A man without an address is a vagabond; a man with two addresses is a libertine.

--George Bernard Shaw

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.

--George Bernard Shaw

grayscale photography of elephant

Martyrdom is the only path to immortality that requires no talent whatsoever.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

The 100% American is 99% idiot.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue rose in close up photography

You are the only sort of man in whose existence I see much hope for in this deplorable world.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

Even a vortex is a vortex in something. You can't have a whirlpool without water; and you can't have a vortex without gas, or molecules or atoms or ions or electrons or something, not nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw

bonfire in forest

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

--George Bernard Shaw

person holding hourglass

The greatest thing in life is to die young -- but delay it as long as possible.

--George Bernard Shaw

green and blue chevron textile

The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

--George Bernard Shaw

toddlers standing outdoors

Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favour of equality.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

All young women begin by believing they can change and reform the men they marry. They can't.

--George Bernard Shaw

white

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

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

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

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

Women have been a ghastly nuisance in my life.

--George Bernard Shaw

green ceramic mug beside book

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

--George Bernard Shaw

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

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

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

The British are apt to make merits of their stupidities, and to represent their various incapacities as points of good breeding.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of tall trees

I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you, because you always treat me as a lady, and always will.

--George Bernard Shaw

long exposure photography of beach

If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.

--George Bernard Shaw


man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

History, sir, will tell lies as usual.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Grain by grain, a loaf. Stone upon stone, a palace.

--George Bernard Shaw

dirt road to sunset

Happiness and Beauty are by-products.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in black shirt on pink background

He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.

--George Bernard Shaw

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

There is a terrible truthfulness about photography that sometimes makes a thing look ridiculous.

--George Bernard Shaw

feet in stream

Home is the girl's prison and the woman's workhouse.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

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

red and yellow abstract painting

Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich-something for nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw

landscape photography of mountain

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue rose with water droplet

It is one of the mysterious ways of Allah to make women troublesome when he makes them beautiful.

--George Bernard Shaw

white stone woman sculpture

Marriage is tolerable enough in its way if youre easygoing and dont expect too much from it. But it doesnt bear thinking about.

--George Bernard Shaw


rock formation under starry skies

We educate one another; and we cannot do this if half of us consider the other half not good enough to talk to.

--George Bernard Shaw


A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

A serious illness or a death advertises the doctor exactly as a hanging advertises the barrister who defended the person hanged.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

I loathe the mess of mean superstitions and misunderstood prophecies which is still rammed down the throats of children under the name of Christianity.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik.

--George Bernard Shaw

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Any belief worth having must survive doubt.

--George Bernard Shaw

white tulips with green leaves

My own education has been entirely controversial: that is why I know what I am writing about; and appear eccentric to dogmatically educated Old School Ties whose heads are stuffed with obsolete shibboleths.

--George Bernard Shaw

lights

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?

--George Bernard Shaw

aerial view of green trees

A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.

--George Bernard Shaw

person wearing black top

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink umbrella

The only sensible person is my tailor. He measures me anew each time he sees me.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

Not everybody is strong enough to endure life without an anesthetic. Drink probably averts more gross crime than it causes.

--George Bernard Shaw

man raising arms between greenfield

The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.

--George Bernard Shaw

white oriental lily flower

Imprisonment, as it exists today, is a worse crime than any of those committed by its victims.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue sky and white clouds

If you demand my authorities for this and that, I must reply that only those who have never hunted up the authorities as I have believe that there is any authority who is not contradicted flatly by some other authority.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue flower in close up photography

The criminal law is no use to decent people.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown textile in close up image

I fought linotype and montype for some time because it would not justify as well as handset could be made to do; but at last, as always happens, the machine outdid the hand, and got all the best types on it.

--George Bernard Shaw

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--George Bernard Shaw

lion on green grass during golden hour

A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there.

--George Bernard Shaw

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

When you find something funny search it for hidden truth.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photo of white rose

There is not one single established religion that an intelligent, educated man can believe.

--George Bernard Shaw

view of mountaintops with clouds

We have in England a curious belief in first-rate people, meaning all the people we do not know; and this consoles us for the undeniable second-rateness of the people we do know.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow tulip flowers

Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of mountain during sunset

God help England if she had no Scots to think for her.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple petaled flower

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

--George Bernard Shaw

landscape photography of road at savannah

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

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

--George Bernard Shaw

black textile in close up photography

If all the statisticians in the world were laid head to toe, they wouldn't be able to reach a conclusion.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

--George Bernard Shaw

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

Though justice be Thy plea, consider this: That in the course of justice none of us should see salvation. We do pray for mercy, And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy.

--George Bernard Shaw


man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance.

--George Bernard Shaw

solid background

Just as I cannot remember any time when I could not read and write, I cannot remember any time when I did not exercise my imagination in daydreams about women.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

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

--George Bernard Shaw

rock mountain during starry night

Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.

--George Bernard Shaw

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

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

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

To a professional critic (I have been one myself) theatre-going is the curse of Adam. The play is the evil he is paid to endure in the sweat of his brow; and the sooner it is over, the better.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flower

Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.

--George Bernard Shaw

full moon in the sky

The danger of crippling thought, the danger of obstructing the formation of the public mind by specially suppressing ... representations is far greater than any real danger that there is from such representations.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.

--George Bernard Shaw

empty pathway

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.

--George Bernard Shaw



black fishes

The theory that music has a depraving effect on morals has now been abandoned to the old women of both sexes.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photography of red tulip

A moderately honest man with a moderately faithful wife, moderate drinkers both, in a moderately healthy house: that is the true middle class unit.

--George Bernard Shaw

rainbow

We are the living graves of murdered beasts.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink rose flower

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

blue wooden door opened

Every step of progress means a duty repudiated, and a scripture torn up.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset grasslands

Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and white dog in close-up photography

You cannot be a hero without being a coward.

--George Bernard Shaw

white wooden table near brown chair

All progress depends upon the unreasonable person.

--George Bernard Shaw

close shot of yellow flowers

Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

--George Bernard Shaw

green and blue chevron textile

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

--George Bernard Shaw

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbour to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that, to break a man's spirit is devil's work.

--George Bernard Shaw

pot on window with flowers

There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue and white abstract painting

A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.

--George Bernard Shaw

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.

--George Bernard Shaw

man smiling while facing other person

Like fingerprints, all marriages are different.

--George Bernard Shaw

couple kissing under gray clouds

Decency is indecency's conspiracy of silence.

--George Bernard Shaw

snow covered brown mountain

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

--George Bernard Shaw

brown grass field during daytime

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

--George Bernard Shaw

red rose in bloom during daytime

Some men see things as they are and say why -- I dream things that never were and say why not.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

green lizard

Indifference is the essence of inhumanity.

--George Bernard Shaw

three books on surface

Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages. He who can, does. He who cannot teaches.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

What I say today everybody will say tomorrow, though they will not remember who put it into their heads. Indeed they will be right for I never remember who puts things into my head : it is the Zeitgeist.

--George Bernard Shaw

four wooden boat on teal sea

Hell is not all paved with bad intentions.

--George Bernard Shaw

snowflake

The churches must learn humility as well as teach it.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

A soldier is an anachronism of which we must get rid.

--George Bernard Shaw

man holding brown violin

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

--George Bernard Shaw

pink petaled flower

The censorship method ... is that of handing the job over to some frail and erring mortal man, and making him omnipotent on the assumption that his official status will make him infallible and omniscient.

--George Bernard Shaw

cumulus clouds

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

--George Bernard Shaw


purple flower field during daytime

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flowers in vase

When God created man and woman, he did not take a patent. That's why any imbecile has been able to do so ever since.

--George Bernard Shaw

black bird flying on white background

Happiness and beauty are by-products. Folly is the direct pursuit of happiness and beauty.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

Hell is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.

--George Bernard Shaw

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink and green flower painting

The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective photography of green leaf plant

I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one.

--George Bernard Shaw

three clear glass cups

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.

--George Bernard Shaw

white flower in grayscale photography

There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

The greatest fallacy with communication, is the belief that it has actually occurred.

--George Bernard Shaw

water droplets on green leaf

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink

I was convinced that Ceylon is the cradle of the human race because everybody there looks an original. All other nations are obviously mass produced.

--George Bernard Shaw

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

I can't talk religion to a man with bodily hunger in his eyes.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow pen

My opportunities were still there, nay, they multiplied tenfold; but the strength and youth to cope with them began to fail, and to need eking out with the shifty cunning of experience.

--George Bernard Shaw


green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.

--George Bernard Shaw

white stars in the sky during night time

If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentleman, he may pronounce as he pleases.

--George Bernard Shaw

green leaf

Belief in God meant belief in the old tribal idol called Jehovah; and I would not pretend I did not know whether it existed or not.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.

--George Bernard Shaw


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

No severity of punishment deters when detection is uncertain, as it always must be.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

--George Bernard Shaw

black and white photo of woman looking upward

He who has never hoped, can never despair.

--George Bernard Shaw

solid background

Some persons, by hating vice too much, come to love men too little. Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred is the cowards revenge for being intimidated.

--George Bernard Shaw

white flower with black background

The only fundamental and possible socialism is the socialisation of the selective breeding of man.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of red flower

All progress means war with society.

--George Bernard Shaw

round black and white analog alarm clock

There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photo of white rose

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild' is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the gospels.

--George Bernard Shaw

couple kissing under gray clouds

God is on the side of the big battalions.

--George Bernard Shaw

white flowers in brown stem

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

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flower

'I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.' 'I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.'

--George Bernard Shaw

Blue to purple gradient

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

--George Bernard Shaw

adobe wall

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

car passing by in between trees

I want to be all used up when I die.

--George Bernard Shaw

beach during daytime

When an apparent miracle happened.it proved divine mission to the credulous, and proved a contract with the devil to the skeptical.

--George Bernard Shaw


swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool.

--George Bernard Shaw

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

What is the matter with universities is that the students are school children, whereas it is of the very essence of university education that they should be adults.

--George Bernard Shaw


orange flowers

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

wormeye view photo of milky way

I am very sorry, but I cannot learn languages. I have tried hard, only to find that men of ordinary capacity can learn Sanskrit in less time that it takes me to buy a German Dictionary.

--George Bernard Shaw


closed white painted door with exit signage

The pianoforte is the most important of all musical instruments; its invention was to music what the invention of printing was to poetry.

--George Bernard Shaw

gray concrete surface

The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.

--George Bernard Shaw

chocolate

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

The capacity of any conqueror is more likely than not to be an illusion produced by the incapacity of his adversary.

--George Bernard Shaw

white-and-pink flowers

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. May not one lost soul be permitted to abstain?

--George Bernard Shaw


person standing on top of mountain

Even if animal experimentation was proved to be of value, it would be morally wrong.

--George Bernard Shaw

closed door

In the right key one can say anything. In the wrong key, nothing: the only delicate part is the establishment of the key.

--George Bernard Shaw

multicolored abstract painting

A married man is a man with a past, while a bachelor is a man with a future.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset over hill

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

--George Bernard Shaw

red textile in close up photography

I have found, after a good deal of consideration, that the best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him here.

--George Bernard Shaw

laughing woman photo

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and gray brick wall

Schools and schoolmasters, as we have them today, are not popular as places of education and teachers, but rather prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them disturbing and chaperoning their parent.

--George Bernard Shaw

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

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

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I'm a free citizen.

--George Bernard Shaw

red wine digital wallpaper

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

--George Bernard Shaw

lighted candles on man's hand lying on the floor

Laws, religions, creeds, and systems of ethics, instead of making society better than its best unit, make it worse than its average unit, because they are never up to date.

--George Bernard Shaw

green and white abstract painting

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

--George Bernard Shaw

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

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

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

The poor silly-clever Irishman takes off his hat to God's Englishman.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple flower on purple textile

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

silhouette of trees during nighttime

The trouble with the media is that it seems unable to distinguish between the end of the world and a bicycle accident.

--George Bernard Shaw

man playing soccer during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

green palm plant

A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

--George Bernard Shaw

green trees

We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.

--George Bernard Shaw

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

Whenever I see the word Operation, especially Trifling Operation, I at once write off the patient as dead.

--George Bernard Shaw

red moon wallpaper

When a man teaches something he does not know to somebody else who has no aptitude for it, and gives him a certificate of proficiency, the latter has completed the education of a gentleman.

--George Bernard Shaw

white stars in the sky during night time

Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than poor women without chastity.

--George Bernard Shaw

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Make me a beautiful word for doing things tomorrow; for that surely is a great and blessed invention.

--George Bernard Shaw


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

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

woman sitting on rock facing plunge waterfalls

A man's behaviour may be quite harmless and even beneficial, when he ismorally behaving like a scoundrel. And he may do great harm when he is morally acting on the highest principles.

--George Bernard Shaw

green palm plant during daytime

It is the inefficiency and sham of ... our schools ... that save us from being dashed on the rocks of false doctrine instead of drifting down the midstream of mere ignorance.

--George Bernard Shaw

red blue yellow and red paint

I must have been an insufferable child; all children are.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

body of water during daytime

I am the most spontaneous speaker in the world because every word, every gesture, and every retort has been carefully rehearsed.

--George Bernard Shaw

white petaled flower

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

rock formation under starry skies

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

--George Bernard Shaw

man holding smartphone in close up photography

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

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flower

Nothing remains beautiful and interesting except thought, because the thought is the life.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple and black skies

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

--George Bernard Shaw

jellyfish under water photo

The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve.

--George Bernard Shaw

rock formation under starry skies

Property, said Proudhon, is theft. This is the only perfect truism that has been uttered on the subject.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink

I have not wasted my life trifling with literary fools in taverns, as Johnson did, when he should have been shaking England with the thunder of his spirit.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

A man is like a phonograph with half-a-dozen records. You soon get tired of them all; and yet you have to sit at table whilst he reels them off to every new visitor.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to live in a stationary one, and do without change.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue rose with water droplet

The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women.

--George Bernard Shaw

solid background

A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant.

--George Bernard Shaw

golden retriever inside car

The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of orange flower

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

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

A good intention is like the seed of a tree whose fruit we do not know.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.

--George Bernard Shaw

rainbow

I do not want to make my stomach a graveyard of dead animals.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus of common poppy flower

When I speak of The Case for Equality I mean human equality; and that, of course, can only mean one thing: it means equality of income.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

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

--George Bernard Shaw

elephants on green grass field during daytime

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

--George Bernard Shaw

time lapse photography of fire

I never climbed any ladder: I have achieved eminence by sheer gravitation.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman singing on stage

This planet is obviously being used as an insane asylum by other planets.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again everytime a child is born.

--George Bernard Shaw

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.

--George Bernard Shaw

white stars in the sky during night time

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny; they have only shifted it to another shoulder.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple petaled flower on gray surface

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



person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.

--George Bernard Shaw

milky way above body of water

All great Truth first starts as Blasphemy.

--George Bernard Shaw

landscape photography of horizon

Revelations: A curious record of the visions of a drug addict.

--George Bernard Shaw

black textile in close up photography

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

stars across the sky view at the desert

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

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.

--George Bernard Shaw

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

To a mathematician the eleventh means only a single unit: to the bushman who cannot count further than his ten fingers it is an incalculable myriad.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple flower field during daytime

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.

--George Bernard Shaw

lighted candle in dark room

He who confuses political liberty with freedom and political equality with similarity has never thought for five minutes about either.

--George Bernard Shaw

None

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

man riding on boat on body of water

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

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset grasslands

A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste.

--George Bernard Shaw

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus.

--George Bernard Shaw

solid background

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. It is the deed that teaches not the name we give it.

--George Bernard Shaw

low angle photo of starry night

Woman's happiness begins with her first love and ends about then.

--George Bernard Shaw

red flowers under the blue sky

An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means.There is no such thing in the country.

--George Bernard Shaw

black wooden louver door window

Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.

--George Bernard Shaw


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship; and it seems hard to justify an incitement to it on anti-censorial principles.

--George Bernard Shaw

black mountain under blue sky during night time

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

Arizona landscape

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.

--George Bernard Shaw

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.

--George Bernard Shaw

red flowers with water droplets

A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.

--George Bernard Shaw

man holding brown violin

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

--George Bernard Shaw

calm ocean

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

black textile in close up photography

It is the highest creatures who take the longest to mature, and are the most helpless during their immaturity.

--George Bernard Shaw


wide lake over sunset view

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

--George Bernard Shaw

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

--George Bernard Shaw

Arizona landscape

It is not disbelief that is dangerous to our society; it is belief.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.

--George Bernard Shaw

toddlers standing outdoors

Consciousness of a fact is not knowing it: if it were, the fish would know more of the sea than the geographers and the naturalists.

--George Bernard Shaw

closed door

In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown wooden door with silver door lever

If you do not say a thing in an irritating way, you may as well not say it at all because people will not trouble themselves about anything that does not trouble them.

--George Bernard Shaw

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Nobody could stand an eternity of Heaven.

--George Bernard Shaw

green ceramic mug beside book

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

--George Bernard Shaw

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

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

--George Bernard Shaw

silver round analog wall clock

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

--George Bernard Shaw

green leaf in close up photography

Those who understand evil pardon it.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.

--George Bernard Shaw

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

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

--George Bernard Shaw

concert photos

Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid...There is no harm in a well-fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party.

--George Bernard Shaw

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink rose in close up photography

I do not want actors and actresses to understand my plays. That is not necessary. If they will only pronounce the correct sounds I can guarantee the results.

--George Bernard Shaw

assorted books on wooden table

The test of good education is seeing how it behaves in a fight.

--George Bernard Shaw

green textile

My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.

--George Bernard Shaw

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.

--George Bernard Shaw

water droplets on green leaf

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink tulips in clear glass vase

The righteous man takes his life in his hand whenever he utters the truth.

--George Bernard Shaw

silver bell alarm clock

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

--George Bernard Shaw

red tulip in bloom close up photo

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

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of orange flower

A man's own self is the last person to believe in him, and is harder to cheat than the rest of the world.

--George Bernard Shaw

green trees under white clouds

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

--George Bernard Shaw


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

All genuinely intellectual work is humorous.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman singing on stage

The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.

--George Bernard Shaw

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.

--George Bernard Shaw

white wooden dock on white sand

Don't think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.

--George Bernard Shaw

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

The first prison I ever saw had inscribed on it cease to do evil: learn to do well; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it.

--George Bernard Shaw

body of water

It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.

--George Bernard Shaw

shade under a green-leafed tree

Decency is indecency's conspiracy of silence.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

Very few people can afford to be poor.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flower with green stem

Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.

--George Bernard Shaw

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

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

--George Bernard Shaw


rock formation surrounding by body of water

Only fools repeat the same things over and over, expecting to obtain different results.

--George Bernard Shaw

galaxy wallpaper

There are scores of thousands of human insects who are ready at a moment's notice to reveal the Will of God on every possible subject.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Life is too short for men to take it seriously.

--George Bernard Shaw

empty pathway

I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.

--George Bernard Shaw

person sleeping on gray gang chair

Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

--George Bernard Shaw

green lizard

Principles without programs are platitudes.

--George Bernard Shaw

white and black soccer ball on grass field

The conversion of a savage to Christianity is the conversion of Christianity to savagery.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow sunflower in glass vase

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.

--George Bernard Shaw

red rose in close up photography

When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, "The one I feed the most."

--George Bernard Shaw


white and blue building under clear sky

The technical history of modern harmony is a history of growth of toleration by the human ear of chords that at first sounded discordant and senseless to the main body of contemporary professional musicians.

--George Bernard Shaw

white and blue building under clear sky

Nothing can save us from a perpetual headlong fall into a bottomless abyss but a solid footing of dogma; and we no sooner agree to that than we find that the only trustworthy dogma is that there is no dogma.

--George Bernard Shaw

blooming yellow sunflower field

If more than 10% of the people like a painting, you can be sure it's bad.

--George Bernard Shaw

white swan on blue sea during daytime

Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculousand dangerous by having its feet off the ground.

--George Bernard Shaw


blue and white abstract painting

I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.

--George Bernard Shaw


scenery of aurora

Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.

--George Bernard Shaw

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.

--George Bernard Shaw

white shore under sunny sky

The reasonable man will adjust to the demands of his environment. The unreasonable man expects his environment to adjust to his own needs. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman and man holding hands

I never expect a soldier to think.

--George Bernard Shaw

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

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

--George Bernard Shaw

rock mountain during starry night

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

--George Bernard Shaw

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

Men are always thinking that they are going to do something grandly wicked to their enemies; but when it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.

--George Bernard Shaw

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.

--George Bernard Shaw

green lizard

The most sincere form of love is love for food.

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

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

--George Bernard Shaw

pink and blue painted wall

Of the two lots, the woman's lot of perpetual motherhood, and the man's of perpetual babyhood, I prefer the man's.

--George Bernard Shaw


closed door

If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.

--George Bernard Shaw

rainbow

Those who minister to poverty and disease are accomplices in the two worst of all the crimes.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow sunflower on white wall

We must not stay as we are, doing always what was done last time; or we shall stick in the mud.

--George Bernard Shaw

bare tress and mountain

No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue ocean

Truth telling is not compatible with the defence of the realm.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

I want to destroy ownership in order that possession and enjoyment may be raised to the highest point in every section of the community.

--George Bernard Shaw

orange and white stone fragment

I appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short- a gentlemanly gas deadly by all means, but humane, not cruel.

--George Bernard Shaw

white and purple flower in macro shot

Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!

--George Bernard Shaw

photography of white wall lot

It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue sky with white clouds

Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why. ' I dream of things that never were, and say, 'Why not?'

--George Bernard Shaw

sunset

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.

--George Bernard Shaw

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

A child hasn't a grown-up person's appetite for affection. A little of it goes a long way with them; and they like a good imitation of it better than the real thing, as every nurse knows.

--George Bernard Shaw

man standing on cliff under white sky

I don't. I look my age; and I am my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses and drink spirits?

--George Bernard Shaw


silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The confusing of marriage with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other single error.

--George Bernard Shaw

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.

--George Bernard Shaw

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue and black abstract painting

What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.

--George Bernard Shaw

water on seashore

We throw the whole drudgery of creation on one sex, and then imply that no female of any delicacy would initiate any effort in that direction.

--George Bernard Shaw

white flowers

If the governments devalue the currency in order to betray all creditors, you politely call this procedure 'inflation'.

--George Bernard Shaw

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

There is always danger for those who are afraid.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple

People exaggerate the value of things they haven't got: everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flowers in vase

Everybody who does not live in a prostitute's bed and on a diet of cocaine snow is called an ascetic nowadays.

--George Bernard Shaw

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Don't wait for the right opportunity: create it.

--George Bernard Shaw

red flowers under the blue sky

Everyone can see that the people who hunt are the right people and the people who don't are the wrong ones.

--George Bernard Shaw

purple petaled flower

You see things and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'

--George Bernard Shaw

pink flower

Well, upon my soul! You are not ashamed to stand there and confess yourself a disgusting drunkard.

--George Bernard Shaw

white desk lamp beside green plant

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

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

In a living society every day is a day of judgment; and its recognition as such is not the end of all things but the beginning ofa real civilization.

--George Bernard Shaw

white rose enclosed photograph

A revolutionist is one who desires to discard the existing social order and try another.

--George Bernard Shaw

lights

What is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.

--George Bernard Shaw


clear hour glass with brown frame

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw


pink rose in bloom close up photo

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

--George Bernard Shaw

scenery of aurora

Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.

--George Bernard Shaw

person holding brown sand close-up photography

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.

--George Bernard Shaw


bird on pier

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

pink and white abstract painting

I ... must continue to strive for more knowledge and more power, though the new knowledge always contradicts the old and the new power is the destruction of the fools who misuse it.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Altogether too many sheep.

--George Bernard Shaw

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

Without music we shall surely perish of drink, morphia, and all sorts of artificial exaggerations of the cruder delights of the senses.

--George Bernard Shaw

long exposure photography of beach

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

--George Bernard Shaw


light blue

Socialism never arises in the earlier phases of capitalism, as, for instance, among the pioneers of civilisation in a country where there is plenty of land available for private appropriation by the last comer.

--George Bernard Shaw

red strawberry fruit on red surface

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

mountains under white clouds at daytime

Every girl has a right to be loved.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue and black abstract painting

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

--George Bernard Shaw

green trees on forest during daytime

Morality is not respectability.

--George Bernard Shaw

green palm plant

I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue sky and white clouds

When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of trees during nighttime

I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

--George Bernard Shaw

person wearing black top

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

--George Bernard Shaw

island during daytime

I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated.

--George Bernard Shaw

blue and white water surface

I am highly susceptible to the force of all truly religious music, especially to the music of my own church, the church of Shelley, Michelangelo, and Beethoven.

--George Bernard Shaw

silhouette of tall trees

It is a monstrous thing to force a child to learn Latin or Greek or mathematics on the ground that they are an indispensable gymnastic for the mental powers. It would be monstrous even if it were true.

--George Bernard Shaw

black wooden louver door window

Self-denial is not a virtue; it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

--George Bernard Shaw


brown sands

Hinduism is so elastic and subtle that the most profound Methodist and crudest Idolator are equally at home with it.

--George Bernard Shaw

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

Reasonable men adapt themselves to their environment; unreasonable men try to adapt their environment to themselves. Thus all progress is the result of the efforts of unreasonable men.

--George Bernard Shaw

pink and yellow flower painting

Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.

--George Bernard Shaw

photo of brown parquet

In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.

--George Bernard Shaw

landscape photography of horizon

I don't believe in morality . I'm a disciple of Bernard Shaw.

--George Bernard Shaw

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

--George Bernard Shaw

man playing soccer during daytime

Being hurt by someone you truly care about leaves a hole in you heart that only love can fill.

--George Bernard Shaw

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Never repeat old grievances.

--George Bernard Shaw

Oak Creek Sedona

He who has never hoped can never despair.

--George Bernard Shaw

white wall paint with black line

A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a person's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.

--George Bernard Shaw

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A man has no business to marry a woman who can't make him miserable. It means she can't make him happy.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Oh, the frontier of hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A part of eugenic politics would finally land us in an extensive use of the lethal chamber. A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people's time to look after them.

--George Bernard Shaw

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The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life. We veil ourselves with unnatural masks. On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the Creators hand.

--George Bernard Shaw

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People exaggerate the value of things they haven't got everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them.

--George Bernard Shaw


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Wicked people means people who have no love: therefore, they have no shame. They have the power to ask love because the don't need it: they have the power to offer it because they have none to give.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Security, the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone's head.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I work as my father drank.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I was always unlawful; I broke the law when I was born because my parents weren't married.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Absolute honesty is as absurd an abstraction as an absolute temperature or an absolute value.

--George Bernard Shaw

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A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows.

--George Bernard Shaw

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There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Well, I've known over thirty men who've found out how to cure consumption. Why do people go on dying of it, Colly? Devilment I suppose!

--George Bernard Shaw

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Marry Ann; and at the end of a week you'll find no more inspiration in her than in a plate of muffins.

--George Bernard Shaw

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I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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