George Bernard Shaw Quotes


"The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me."--George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer (1893), Act II


"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience?"--George Bernard Shaw


All progress is initiated
by challenging current conceptions,
and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
George Bernard Shaw

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


To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer. -- George Bernard Shaw


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


A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. -- G. B. Shaw


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


Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. -- G. B. Shaw


G. B. Shaw to William Douglas Home: "Go on writing plays, my boy. One of these days a London producer will go into his office and say to his secretary, `Is there a play from Shaw this morning?' and when she says `No,' he will say, `Well, then we'll have to start on the rubbish.' And that's your chance, my boy."


"I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind." -- George Bernard Shaw


I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation. -- G. B. Shaw


NAPOLEON: What shall we do with this soldier,
Guiseppe? Everything he says is wrong.
GUISEPPE: Make him a general, Excellency, and then everything he says will be right.
-- G. B. Shaw, "The Man of Destiny"


The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it. -- G. B. Shaw


The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted. -- George Bernard Shaw


There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it -- G. B. Shaw


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


"England and America are two countries separated by the same language." --George Bernard Shaw


"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Lack of money is the root of all evil." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh." --George Bernard Shaw


"Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man." --George Bernard Shaw


"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 (1856-1950)


"You see things and say 'Why?'; but I dream things that never were and I say 'Why not?'" --George Bernard Shaw


"There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Hell is full of musical amateurs."
George Bernard Shaw


If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.


If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton you might as well make it dance.


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