Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

“Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”

“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.”

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”

“A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”

“She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.”

“You use a glass mirror to see your face you use works of art to see your soul.”

“The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.”

“Beauty is all very well at first sight but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?”

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

“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”

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

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

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

“If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.”

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

“What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?”

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

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”

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

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

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

“Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.”

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

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

“My reputation grows with every failure.”

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

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

“Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

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

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

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

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

“A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”

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

“It's easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.”

“Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

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

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

“An index is a great leveller.”

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

“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.”

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”

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

“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.”

“Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”

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

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.”

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

“Beware of false knowledge it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

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

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

“Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire the other is to get it.”

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

“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.”

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

“Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.”

“First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”

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

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

“It is most unwise for people in love to marry.”

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

“The love of economy is the root of all virtue.”

“Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.”

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

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

“One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.”

“Clever and attractive women do not want to vote they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.”

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

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

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

“Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.”

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

“Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.”

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

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”

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

“We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.”

“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”

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

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

“You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.”

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

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

“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.”

“There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.”

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.”

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

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

“The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.”

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