Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. more

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

I want to be all used up when I die.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
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.
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.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
[Dancing is] A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
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.
Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing --a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
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.
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.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.
Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!
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.
The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?
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.
A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.
The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
My reputation grew with every failure.
Success covers a multitude of blunders.
The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.