George Bernard Shaw Quotes In English

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George Bernard Shaw Quotes In English

Hello, Welcome in Inspiring famous quotes by George Bernard Shaw on love, democracy, change, religion and communication. Our team gives you some quotes about George Bernard Shaw. He was born on 26 July 1856, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland. George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He died in 2 November 1950, Ayot Saint Lawrence, United Kingdom.

  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

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

  • “The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

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

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

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

  • “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”

  • “Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!”

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

  • “You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”

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  • “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”

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

  • “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

  • “The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”

  • “My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

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  • “Youth is wasted on the young.”

  • “Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”

  • “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”

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

  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

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  • “What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.”

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

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

  • “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

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

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  • “Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it….”

  • “When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

  • “Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.”

  • “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

  • “Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”

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  • “Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.”

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

  • “The play was a great success, but audience was a dismal failure.”

  • “The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.”

  • “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.”

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  • “After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”

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

  • “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

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

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

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

  • “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

  • “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”

  • “A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”

  • “I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

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  • “Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”

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

  • “It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.”

  • “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”

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

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  • “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”

  • “When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”

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

  • “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”

  • “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”

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  • “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”

  • “If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”

  • “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

  • “[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.”

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

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  • “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.”

  • “Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.”

  • “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.”

  • “Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”

  • “I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.”

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

  • “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”

  • “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.”

  • “I knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.”

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

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  • “To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.”

  • “Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”

  • “A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”

  • “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!”

  • “I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.”

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  • “In heaven an angel is no one in particular.”

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

  • “If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.”

  • “There is always danger for those who are afraid.”

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

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  • “The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.”

  • “I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”

  • “The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.”

  • “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”

  • “You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you have lost something.”

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  • “I hear you say ‘Why?’ Always ‘Why?’ You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”

  • “The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”

  • “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

  • “Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.”

  • “Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.”

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  • “Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.”

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

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

  • “I do not know what I think until I write it.”

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

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  • “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.”

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

  • “Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.”

  • “I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.”

  • “What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.”

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  • “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”

  • “As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”

  • “You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.”

  • “Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.”

  • “Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it….”

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  • “Get out of my way; for I won’t stop for you.”

  • “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.”

  • “A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.”

  • “Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”

  • “She has mischievious moments when she wishes she could get him alone on a desert island…”

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  • “The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.”

  • “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.”

  • “Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

  • “Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

  • “The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.”

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  • “Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.”

  • “Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.”

  • “The best way to get your point across is to entertain.”

  • “A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.”

  • “Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble?Making life means making trouble. There’s only one way of escaping trouble; and that’s killing things. Life”

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

  • “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.”

  • “I have my own soul. My own spark of divine fire.”

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

  • “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”

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  • “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.”

  • “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

  • “I like flowers, I also like children, but I do not chop their heads off and keep them in bowls of water around the house.”

  • “I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you, because you always treat me as a lady, and always will.”

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

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  • “I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me I’m not fit to sell anything else.”

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

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

  • “It’s all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.”

  • “A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”

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  • “There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.”

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

  • “Hell is full of musical amateurs.”

  • “Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.”

  • “You know well I couldn’t bear to live with a low common man after you two; and it’s wicked and cruel of you to insult me by pretending I could.”

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  • “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.”

  • “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.”

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

  • “We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence…on pain of liquidation.”

  • “It is not pleasure that makes life worth living. It is life that makes pleasure worth having.”

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  • “I can’t turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.”

  • “A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”

  • “What is the matter with universities is that the students are school children, whereas it is of the very essence of university education that they should be adults.”

  • “There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.”

  • “You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”

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  • “In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.”

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

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

  • “The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”

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

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  • “If you teach a man anything, he will never learn.”

  • “A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”

  • “I don’t know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.”

  • “Bear it like a man, even if you feel it like an ass.”

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

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  • “Shall I turn up the light for you? No, give me deeper darkness. Money is not made in the light.”

  • “He who has never hoped can never despair”

  • “But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person’s thumb are two different things.”

  • “Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”

  • “HIGGINS. Have you no morals, man? DOOLITTLE [unabashed] Cant afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me.”

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  • “Don’t think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.”

  • “…a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.”

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

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