George Bernard Shaw Quotes

- Notable George Bernard Shaw Quotes Index -

Born: July 26, 1856, Dublin, Ireland
Birth Country: Ireland
Died: Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England, UK, November 2, 1950
Occupation: Author

1.
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
- George Bernard Shaw

2.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
- George Bernard Shaw

3.
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

4.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- George Bernard Shaw

5.
A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
- George Bernard Shaw

6.
A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
- George Bernard Shaw

7.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
- George Bernard Shaw

8.
A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.
- George Bernard Shaw

9.
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
- George Bernard Shaw

10.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

11.
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

12.
An index is a great leveller.
- George Bernard Shaw

13.
Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
- George Bernard Shaw

14.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
- George Bernard Shaw

15.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- George Bernard Shaw

16.
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

17.
Beware of false knowledge it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

18.
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
- George Bernard Shaw

19.
Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
- George Bernard Shaw

20.
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

21.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- George Bernard Shaw

22.
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

23.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
- George Bernard Shaw

24.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
- George Bernard Shaw

25.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
- George Bernard Shaw

26.
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
- George Bernard Shaw

27.
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

28.
He's a man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
- George Bernard Shaw

29.
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
- George Bernard Shaw

30.
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
- George Bernard Shaw

31.
Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
- George Bernard Shaw

32.
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

33.
I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
- George Bernard Shaw

34.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
- George Bernard Shaw

35.
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
- George Bernard Shaw

36.
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

37.
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
- George Bernard Shaw

38.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
- George Bernard Shaw

39.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
- George Bernard Shaw

40.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
- George Bernard Shaw

41.
If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
- George Bernard Shaw

42.
If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
- George Bernard Shaw

43.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw

44.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
- George Bernard Shaw

45.
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
- George Bernard Shaw

46.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
- George Bernard Shaw

47.
It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
- George Bernard Shaw

48.
It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
- George Bernard Shaw

49.
It's easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.
- George Bernard Shaw

50.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
- George Bernard Shaw

51.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
- George Bernard Shaw

52.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
- George Bernard Shaw

53.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire the other is to get it.
- George Bernard Shaw

54.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- George Bernard Shaw

55.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

56.
Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
- George Bernard Shaw

57.
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
- George Bernard Shaw

58.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
- George Bernard Shaw

59.
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

60.
Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.
- George Bernard Shaw

61.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
- George Bernard Shaw

62.
Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.
- George Bernard Shaw

63.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
- George Bernard Shaw

64.
Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
- George Bernard Shaw

65.
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
- George Bernard Shaw

66.
My reputation grows with every failure.
- George Bernard Shaw

67.
Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
- George Bernard Shaw

68.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
- George Bernard Shaw

69.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
- George Bernard Shaw

70.
Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw

71.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

72.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
- George Bernard Shaw

73.
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
- George Bernard Shaw

74.
Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
- George Bernard Shaw

75.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
- George Bernard Shaw

76.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
- George Bernard Shaw

77.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
- George Bernard Shaw

78.
Power does not corrupt men fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
- George Bernard Shaw

79.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

80.
Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
- George Bernard Shaw

81.
She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
- George Bernard Shaw

82.
Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
- George Bernard Shaw

83.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
- George Bernard Shaw

84.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
- George Bernard Shaw

85.
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
- George Bernard Shaw

86.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
- George Bernard Shaw

87.
The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
- George Bernard Shaw

88.
The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.
- George Bernard Shaw

89.
The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
- George Bernard Shaw

90.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
- George Bernard Shaw

91.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

92.
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
- George Bernard Shaw

93.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- George Bernard Shaw

94.
The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
- George Bernard Shaw

95.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
- George Bernard Shaw

96.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
- George Bernard Shaw

97.
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
- George Bernard Shaw

98.
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
- George Bernard Shaw

99.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
- George Bernard Shaw

100.
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw

101.
There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
- George Bernard Shaw

102.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

103.
Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.
- George Bernard Shaw

104.
Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die do not outlive yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

105.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
- George Bernard Shaw

106.
We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.
- George Bernard Shaw

107.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- George Bernard Shaw

108.
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
- George Bernard Shaw

109.
What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
- George Bernard Shaw

110.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
- George Bernard Shaw

111.
When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't got any.
- George Bernard Shaw

112.
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

113.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
- George Bernard Shaw

114.
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

115.
You use a glass mirror to see your face you use works of art to see your soul.
- George Bernard Shaw

116.
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
- George Bernard Shaw

117.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
- George Bernard Shaw

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