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Quotes By George Bernard Shaw

Date of Birth: July 26, 1856  Date of Death: November 02, 1950

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright born in Dublin Ireland. In his creative lifetime, he wrote more than sixty plays. He was very involved in what he considered social injustices. He won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1925 and an Oscar for his film Pygmalion in 1938. 


Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


Youth is wasted on the young.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


War does not decide who is right but who is left.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


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


Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


That is the injustice of a woman's lot. A woman has to bring up her children; and that means to restrain them, to deny them things they want, to set them tasks, to punish them when they do wrong, to do all the unpleasant things. And then the father, who has nothing to do but pet them and spoil them, comes in when all her work is done and steals
their affection from her.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


There is always danger for those who are afraid.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


I'm sorry this letter is so long, I didn't have time to make it shorter.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


Success covers a multitude of blunders.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


In heaven an angel is no one in particular.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


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


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


Virtue is insufficient temptation.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


This is my father. Try what you can with him! He won't listen to me, because he remembers what a fool I was when I was a baby.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability. ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


What's the use of money if you have to earn it.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


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


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


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


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


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


Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.  ~ George Bernard Shaw