George Bernard Shaw

Playwright, Critic, Polemicist, Political Activist

July 26, 1856 - November 2, 1950

July 26, 1856 - November 2, 1950

Playwright, Critic, Polemicist, Political Activist


129 Greatest Quotes By George Bernard Shaw

Walpole has no intellect. A mere surgeon. A wonderful operator but, after all, what is operating? . . . . Manual labour. George Bernard Shaw
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw
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. George Bernard Shaw
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. George Bernard Shaw
Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men. George Bernard Shaw
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire. George Bernard Shaw
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. George Bernard Shaw
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. George Bernard Shaw
Boasting about modesty is typical of the English. George Bernard Shaw
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. George Bernard Shaw
The person I miss most is the one I could have been. George Bernard Shaw
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. George Bernard Shaw
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. George Bernard Shaw
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. George Bernard Shaw
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. George Bernard Shaw
The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas. George Bernard Shaw
The truth is the one thing that nobody will believe. George Bernard Shaw
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. George Bernard Shaw
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. 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
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. George Bernard Shaw
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw
Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning. George Bernard Shaw
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. George Bernard Shaw
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. May not one lost soul be permitted to abstain? George Bernard Shaw
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
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion. George Bernard Shaw
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. George Bernard Shaw
Don't wait for the right opportunity: create it. George Bernard Shaw
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world. George Bernard Shaw
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. 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
Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn. George Bernard Shaw
Our lives are shaped not as much by our experiences as by our expectations. George Bernard Shaw
No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. George Bernard Shaw
There is always danger for those who are afraid. George Bernard Shaw
Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends. George Bernard Shaw
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild' is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the gospels. George Bernard Shaw
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. George Bernard Shaw
He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw
[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time. . George Bernard Shaw
The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. George Bernard Shaw
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. George Bernard Shaw
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. George Bernard Shaw
The best way to get your point across is to entertain. George Bernard Shaw
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. George Bernard Shaw