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George Bernard Shaw Quotes and Quotations


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 | Aging and Old Age Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Arguments and Quarrels Quotes
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
- George Bernard Shaw | Arguments and Quarrels Quotes
I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
- George Bernard Shaw | Capitalism Quotes
All professions are a conspiracy against the country.
- George Bernard Shaw | Capitalism Quotes
Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
- George Bernard Shaw | Character and Personality Quotes
She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
- George Bernard Shaw | Conversation Quotes
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 | Courage and Bravery Quotes
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
- George Bernard Shaw | Crime and Punishment Quotes
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 | Critics and Criticism Quotes
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
- George Bernard Shaw | Crowds and the Masses Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Death and Dying Quotes
You can lose a man like that by your own death, but not by his.
- George Bernard Shaw | Death and Dying Quotes
I am only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.
- George Bernard Shaw | Drink, Drinking and Drinkers Quotes
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him.
- George Bernard Shaw | England and the U.K. Quotes
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- George Bernard Shaw | England and the U.K. Quotes
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- George Bernard Shaw | England and the U.K. Quotes
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
- George Bernard Shaw | Experience Quotes
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
- George Bernard Shaw | Experience Quotes
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
- George Bernard Shaw | Fame and Celebrities Quotes
Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
- George Bernard Shaw | Fashion Quotes
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw | Food Quotes
What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do.
- George Bernard Shaw | Fools and Foolishness Quotes
Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.
- George Bernard Shaw | God Quotes
My only policy is to profess evil and do good.
- George Bernard Shaw | Goodness and Giving Quotes
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
- George Bernard Shaw | Government and Rule Quotes
The art of government is the organization of idolatry.
- George Bernard Shaw | Government and Rule Quotes
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
- George Bernard Shaw | Hatred Quotes
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
- George Bernard Shaw | Hell and the Devil Quotes
Martyrdom - the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
- George Bernard Shaw | Heroes and Heroism Quotes
The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.
- George Bernard Shaw | Heroes and Heroism Quotes
The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.
- George Bernard Shaw | The Home Quotes
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 | Human Relations Quotes
I was taught when I was young that if people would only love one another, all would be well with the world. This seemed simple and very nice; but I found when I tried to put it in practice not only that other people were seldom lovable, but that I was not very lovable myself.
- George Bernard Shaw | Human Relations Quotes
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.
- George Bernard Shaw | Idleness Quotes
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Liberty and Human Rights Quotes
This is the true joy in life, the 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.
- George Bernard Shaw | Life Quotes
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
- George Bernard Shaw | Love Quotes
You don't learn to hold your own by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw | Maturity Quotes
I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile.
- George Bernard Shaw | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Memory Quotes
One man who has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
- George Bernard Shaw | The Mind Quotes
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 | Morality and Ethics Quotes
Morality is not respectability.
- George Bernard Shaw | Morality and Ethics Quotes
From Mozart I learnt to say important things in a conversational way.
- George Bernard Shaw | Music Quotes
Our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our property is organized robbery; our morality an impudent hypocrisy; our wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes; our power wielded by cowards and weaklings; and our honour false in all its points. I am an enemy of the existing order for good reasons.
- George Bernard Shaw | Order and Organization Quotes
Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness, for it is ever imposed in the interests of the Children.
- George Bernard Shaw | Parenthood Quotes
The best brought-up children are those who have seen their parents as they are. Hypocrisy is not the parents' first duty.
- George Bernard Shaw | Parenthood Quotes
The philosopher is Nature's pilot - and there you have our difference; to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
- George Bernard Shaw | Philosophy Quotes
He knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything - that clearly points to a political career.
- George Bernard Shaw | Politicians Quotes
Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount.
- George Bernard Shaw | Poverty Quotes
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattery.
- George Bernard Shaw | Praise and Flattery Quotes
A great devotee of the gospel of getting on.
- George Bernard Shaw | Progress Quotes
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
- George Bernard Shaw | Progress Quotes
Reformers have the idea that change can be achieved by brute sanity.
- George Bernard Shaw | Revolution and Reform Quotes
Religion is a great force - the only real motive force in the world; but you must get at a man through his own religion, not through yours.
- George Bernard Shaw | Religion Quotes
Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Religion Quotes
I believe in the discipline of silence and could talk for hours about it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Silence Quotes
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
- George Bernard Shaw | Silence Quotes
If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentleman, he may pronounce as he pleases.
- George Bernard Shaw | Speakers and Speeches Quotes
He who can does. He who can't, teaches.
- George Bernard Shaw | Teachers and Teaching Quotes
I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Travel and Travellers Quotes
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- George Bernard Shaw | Words and Language Quotes
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 | Work Quotes
I work as my father drank.
- George Bernard Shaw | Work Quotes
When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
- George Bernard Shaw | Work Quotes
Never believe anything a writer tells you about himself. A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself.
- George Bernard Shaw | Writers and Writing Quotes
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 | Writers and Writing Quotes
It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
- George Bernard Shaw | Youth Quotes
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw | Regrets Quotes
Happiness and beauty are by-products. Folly is the direct pursuit of happiness and beauty.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
This is true joy of life-being used for a purpose that is recognized by yourself as a mighty one ... instead of being a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
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 | Happiness Quotes
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.
- George Bernard Shaw | Happiness Quotes
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
- George Bernard Shaw | Acceptance Quotes
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
- George Bernard Shaw | Forgiveness Quotes
The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
- George Bernard Shaw | Other Side Quotes
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Helping Other People Quotes
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 | Friendship Quotes
Most people do not pray; they only beg.
- George Bernard Shaw | Prayer Quotes
Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.
- George Bernard Shaw | Self-Control Quotes
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. The people who get on in this world are they who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw | Self-Reliance Quotes
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 | Self-Reliance Quotes
A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman.
- George Bernard Shaw | One Day Quotes
A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman.
- George Bernard Shaw | One Day Quotes
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
- George Bernard Shaw | Boring Days Quotes
When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.
- George Bernard Shaw | Change Quotes
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw | Change Quotes
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw | Creating Positive Change Quotes
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.
- George Bernard Shaw | Instincts Quotes
If you go to heaven without being naturally qualified for it, you will not enjoy it there.
- George Bernard Shaw | Right Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivation Quotes
This is true joy of life-the being used for a purpose that is recognized by yourself as a right one, instead of being a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
- George Bernard Shaw | Goals Quotes
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 | Goals Quotes
This is true joy of life-being used for a purpose that is recognized by yourself as a mighty one ... instead of being a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
- George Bernard Shaw | Goals Quotes
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 | Goals Quotes
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 | Courage Quotes
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 | Success Quotes
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Success Quotes
Success covers a multitude of blunders.
- George Bernard Shaw | Success Quotes
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- George Bernard Shaw | Failures and Mistakes Quotes
You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
- George Bernard Shaw | Adversity Quotes
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 | Self-Pity Quotes
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
- George Bernard Shaw | Applause Quotes
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
- George Bernard Shaw | Openers and Introductions Quotes
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 | Happiness Quotes
It is assumed that the woman must wait motionless until she is wooed. That is how the spider waits for the fly.
- George Bernard Shaw | Love and Marriage Quotes
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Desire Quotes
fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.
- George Bernard Shaw | England Quotes
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
- George Bernard Shaw | England Quotes
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
- George Bernard Shaw | Experience Quotes
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
- George Bernard Shaw | Golden Rule Quotes
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
- George Bernard Shaw | Heaven Quotes
No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.
- George Bernard Shaw | Language Quotes
A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.
- George Bernard Shaw | Learning Quotes
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 | Literature Quotes
The fickleness of the woman I love is equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
- George Bernard Shaw | Love Quotes
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
- George Bernard Shaw | Lying Quotes
The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women.
- George Bernard Shaw | Marriage Quotes
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
- George Bernard Shaw | Music Quotes
A pessimist? A man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Pessimism Quotes
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
- George Bernard Shaw | Philosophy Quotes
While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.
- George Bernard Shaw | Prison Quotes
We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
- George Bernard Shaw | Shame Quotes
Englishmen never will be slaves; they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do.
- George Bernard Shaw | Slavery Quotes
A soldier is an anachronism of which we must get rid.
- George Bernard Shaw | Soldier Quotes
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: wlien the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sport Quotes
Never resist temptation: prove all things: hold fast that which is good.
- George Bernard Shaw | Temptation Quotes
All great truths began as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw | Trust Quotes
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
- George Bernard Shaw | Trust Quotes
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
- George Bernard Shaw | Virtue Quotes
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 | Wife Quotes
The fickleness of the woman I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
- George Bernard Shaw | Women Quotes
Woman's dearest delight is to wound Man's self-conceit, though Man's dearest delight is to gratify hers.
- George Bernard Shaw | Women Quotes
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
- George Bernard Shaw | World Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
- George Bernard Shaw | Motivational Quotes
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
- George Bernard Shaw | Sad Quotes
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
- George Bernard Shaw | Never Quotes


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