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George Bernard Shaw quotes (123)

We have not lost faith but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Faith

You see things and say why? but I dream things that never were and say why not?
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Dream

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   Category: Speak

Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse and a pretense of reluctance.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Cruel

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

Peace is not only better than war but infinitely more Arduous.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Peace

A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Government

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Ability

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves of our relatives of our incomes of our accents of our opinionsof our experience just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Nude

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

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

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

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

Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend if you have one. Telegram inviting Winston Churchill to opening night of Pygmalion. Churchill wired back: Impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend the second if there is one.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Acquaintance

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

If all economists were laid end to end they would not reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Conclusions

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

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

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

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Assassination

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

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

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Amateur

Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides the pig likes it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Dirt

Sister youre trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity but Im done Im finished Im going to die. [Spoken to his nurse.]
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Last

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

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

A doctors reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Doctor

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

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

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

Hatred is the cowards revenge for being intimidated.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Cowardice

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Prison

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

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

Youll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Patriotism

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

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

Youth which is forgiven everything forgives itself nothing: Age which forgives itself anything is forgiven nothing.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Youth

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Blasphemy

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   Category: Tree

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Praise

When a thing is funny search it for a hidden truth.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Funerals

The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Woe

The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health strength honour generosity and beauty.... Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Hope

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

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Secret

The man who listens to Reason is lost; Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Reason

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

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 in to existence or clearing the way for it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Improve

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. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Engineer

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

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

If you cant get rid of the skeleton in your closet youd best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Past

This is the true joy in life being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Grievances

Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Potential

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

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Conspiracy

Power does not corrupt men. Fools however if they get into a position of power corrupt power.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Fear

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

Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Science

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

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

To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Hell

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

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

The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Conceit

The seven deadly sins...Food clothing firing rent taxes respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from mans neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Sin

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder: God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Together

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

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

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Age

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Unsorted

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

My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral which will be followed not by mourning coaches but by oxen sheep flocks of poultry and a small traveling aquarium of live fish all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Death

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

Justice is justice though its always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Justice

The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Home

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   Category: Thief

There are scores of thousands of sects who are ready at a moments notice to reveal the will of God on every possible subject.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Ready

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   Category: Love

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Custom

He who has never hoped can never despair.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Endure

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

The more things a man is ashamed of the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Morality

When a man wants to murder a tiger its called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him its called ferocity.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Sports

He who can does. He who cannot teaches.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Teach

Is the devil to have all the passions as well as all the good tunes?
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Devil

My way of joking is to tell the truth It's the funniest joke in the world.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Humor

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

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

With the single exception of Homer there is no eminent writer not even Sir Walter Scott whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his.... It would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Ego

The liars punishment is not in the least that he cannot be believed but that he cannot believe anyone else.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Lever

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

What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Original

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

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

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

Virtue consists not in abstaining from vice but in not desiring it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Desire

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Temptation

We know now that the soul is the body and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Slavery

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

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   Category: Courage

Success covers a multitude of blunders.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Success

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   Category: Alcohol

A man who has no office to go to I don't care who he is is a trial of which you can have no conception.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Man

Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented clerking is the worst.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Business

Tyndall declared that he saw in Matter the promise and potency of all forms of life and with his Irish graphic lucidity made a picture of a world of magnetic atoms each atom with a positive and a negative pole arranging itself by attraction and repulsion in orderly crystalline structure. Such a picture is dangerously fascinating to thinkers oppressed by the bloody disorders of the living world. Craving for purer subjects of thought they find in the contemplation of crystals and magnets a happiness more dramatic and less childish than the happiness found by mathematicians in abstract numbers because they see in the crystals beauty and movement without the corrupting appetites of fleshly vitality.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Atom

You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Attack

Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it he shouldnt!
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Pope

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

There is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Danger

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

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   Category: Against

A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Fool

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

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

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

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

People must not be forced to adopt me as their favourite author even for their own good.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Author

A fools brain digests philosophy into folly science into superstition and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Brain

It's all that the young can do for the old to shock them and keep them up to date.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Shocking

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