George Bernard Shaw Quotes & Wallpapers

George Bernard Shaw
Total Quotes: 1731


Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. George Bernard Shaw

The greatest thing in life is to die young - but delay it as long as possible. George Bernard Shaw

What is both surprising and delightful is that the spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game...There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability. George Bernard Shaw

A newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports, but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose by inaccuracy and non-veracity. George Bernard Shaw

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty. George Bernard Shaw

I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady. George Bernard Shaw

All professions are conspiracies against the laity. George Bernard Shaw

A great social reformer. George Bernard Shaw

Faith in reason as a prime motor is no longer the criterion of the sound mind, any more than faith in the Bible is the criterion of righteous intention. George Bernard Shaw

I claim to be a conscientiously immoral writer. George Bernard Shaw

Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave. George Bernard Shaw

Even to this day it is easier than it ought to be for me to get a rise out of an American by telling him something about himself which is equally true about every human being on the face of the globe. He at once resents this as a disparagement and an assertion on my part that people in other parts of the globe are not like that, and are loftily superior to such weaknesses. George Bernard Shaw

A contract for better for worse is a contract that should not be tolerated. George Bernard Shaw

Democracy means the organization of society for the benefit and at the expense of everybody indiscriminately and not for the benefit of a privileged class. George Bernard Shaw

To make Democracy work, you need an aristocratic democracy. To make Aristocracy work, you need a democratic aristocracy. George Bernard Shaw

Dogmatic toleration is nonsense: I would no more tolerate the teaching of Calvinism to children if I had power to persecute it than the British Raj tolerated suttee in India. Every civilized authority must draw a line between the tolerable and the intolerable. George Bernard Shaw

What right has any human being to talk of bringing up a child? You do not bring up a tree or a plant. It brings itself up. You have to give it a fair chance by tilling the soil. George Bernard Shaw

It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least. George Bernard Shaw

A man's interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself. When you are a child your vessel is not yet full;so you care for nothing but your own affairs. When you grow up, your vessel overflows; and you are a politician, a philosopher, or an explorer and adventurer. In old age the vessel dries up: there is no overflow: you are a child again. George Bernard Shaw

It is clear that a novel cannot be too bad to be worth publishing. . . . It certainly is possible for a novel to be too good to be worth publishing. George Bernard Shaw

Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art. George Bernard Shaw

Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation. George Bernard Shaw

Our first duty is not to be poor. George Bernard Shaw

All this struggling and striving to make the world better is a great mistake. Not that it's wrong to try to improve the world if you know how but simply because struggling and striving are the worst possible ways to go about doing anything! George Bernard Shaw

Greatness is one of the sensations of littleness George Bernard Shaw

Imprisonment is as irrevocable as death. George Bernard Shaw

If associations to control burglary and murder were tolerated we should take it for granted that the members should all be burglers and murderers. George Bernard Shaw

Stimulate the phagocytes. George Bernard Shaw

A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. George Bernard Shaw

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay. George Bernard Shaw

What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it does' come every day. George Bernard Shaw

The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last. George Bernard Shaw

No Englishman is ever fairly beaten George Bernard Shaw

I work as my father drank. George Bernard Shaw

It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. George Bernard Shaw

We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners. George Bernard Shaw

People exaggerate the value of things they haven't got everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them George Bernard Shaw

The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs. George Bernard Shaw

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. George Bernard Shaw

Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do George Bernard Shaw

You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself. George Bernard Shaw

The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women. George Bernard Shaw

All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half-used minds. George Bernard Shaw

The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve. George Bernard Shaw

Without danger I cannot be great. That is how I pay for Abel's blood. Danger and fear follow my steps everywhere. Without them courage would have no sense. And it is courage, courage, courage that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. George Bernard Shaw

Every man is a revolutionist concerning the thing he understands. For example, every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it, and consequently a revolutionist. George Bernard Shaw

Hell is not all paved with bad intentions. George Bernard Shaw

You have nothing to do but mention the quantum theory, and people will take your voice for the voice of science, and belive anything. George Bernard Shaw

Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music. George Bernard Shaw

Perhaps woman's art is of woman's life a thing apart, 'tis man's whole existence; just as love is said to be the reverse - though it isn't. George Bernard Shaw

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. George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. George Bernard Shaw

When will we realize that the fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to. George Bernard Shaw

He who has never hoped can never despair. George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is a very necessary article... It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning. George Bernard Shaw

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay. George Bernard Shaw

My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures. George Bernard Shaw

If you demand my authorities for this and that, I must reply that only those who have never hunted up the authorities as I have believe that there is any authority who is not contradicted flatly by some other authority. George Bernard Shaw

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier: the manners and habits of a duke would cost a city clerk his situation. George Bernard Shaw

The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life. George Bernard Shaw

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. George Bernard Shaw

Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness and ugliness. George Bernard Shaw

The scavenger of misery is pity. George Bernard Shaw

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. George Bernard Shaw

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. George Bernard Shaw

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. George Bernard Shaw

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw

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

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. 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



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