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George Bernard Shaw says…

George Bernard Shaw says…

Oct 19

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
George Bernard Shaw

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
George Bernard Shaw

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
George Bernard Shaw

A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

A man who has no office to go, to I don’t care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.
George Bernard Shaw

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
George Bernard Shaw

A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.
George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
George Bernard Shaw

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

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
George Bernard Shaw

An index is a great leveller.
George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
George Bernard Shaw

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
George Bernard Shaw

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
George Bernard Shaw

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Better never than late.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
George Bernard Shaw

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.
George Bernard Shaw

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
George Bernard Shaw

Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn’t really hurt.
George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard 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.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
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

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

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw

Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.
George Bernard Shaw

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
George Bernard Shaw

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
George Bernard Shaw

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
George Bernard Shaw

Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.
George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
George Bernard Shaw

General consultant to mankind.
George Bernard Shaw

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

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

He’s a man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
George Bernard Shaw

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
George Bernard Shaw

I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist.
George Bernard Shaw

I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
George Bernard Shaw

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.
George Bernard Shaw

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
George Bernard Shaw

I have to live for others and not for myself: that’s middle-class morality.
George Bernard Shaw

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
George Bernard Shaw

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

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw

I want to be all used up when I die.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
George Bernard Shaw

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.
George Bernard Shaw

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw

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

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.
George Bernard Shaw

If women were particular about men’s characters, they would never get married at all.
George Bernard Shaw

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves.
George Bernard Shaw

If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.
George Bernard Shaw

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

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.
George Bernard Shaw

In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
George Bernard Shaw

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
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

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.
George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
George Bernard Shaw

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
George Bernard Shaw

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
George Bernard Shaw

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