Quotes of the day- George Bernard Shaw:
George Bernard Shaw
(July 26, 1856 – November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and a
co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first
profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity
he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent
was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings
address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which
makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education,
marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. (Click
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A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under
A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the
support of Paul.
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
useful, than a life spent doing nothing.
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
A pessimist thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for
Alcohol is a very necessary article... it enables Parliament to do
things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes.
An Englishman is a creature who thinks he is being virtuous when he is
only being uncomfortable.
Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read
any books except the books that nobody reads.
Changeable women are more enduring than monotonous ones. They are
sometimes murdered but seldom deserted.
Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.
Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience
of the human race than any other error.
Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity.
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment
by the corrupt few.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the
poor is poverty. What is matter with the rich is uselessness.
Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody is as
nasty as himself and hates them for it.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do
what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich,
something for nothing.
Get married, but never to a man who is home all day.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a
fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
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.
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then
hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how
incapable must man be of learning from experience.
If nations had any sense, they would begin a war by sending their oldest
men to the trenches. They would not risk the lives of their young men
except in the last extremity.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton you might as well make it
If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that
almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary
to see it twice.
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one
another, every soul of us on earth.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases
to be serious when people laugh.
Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with
the maximum of opportunity.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
Morality is not respectability.
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say,
and then to say it with the utmost levity.
My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.
Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle
accident and the collapse of civilization.
No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what
it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.
Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is
the best in the world because you were born in it.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position
of power, corrupt power.
Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made
Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only
shifted it to another shoulder.
Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than
poor women without chastity.
Science is always wrong- it never solves a problem without creating ten
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
Taste: a quality possessed by persons without originality or moral
The Churches must learn humility as well as teach it.
The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to
give them some idea of eternity.
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.
[The game of chess is] A foolish expedient for making idle
people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only
wasting their time.
The greatest danger in communication is the illusion it has been
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but
that he cannot believe anyone else.
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.
The more I see of the monied classes, the more I understand the
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
The nation's morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the
more it hurts to touch them.
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 power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those
who have not got it.
The problem with communication is the assumption that it has been
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not
the power of speech.
The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be
indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency,
and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The
other is to gain it.
There is danger, destruction, torment- what more do we need to make us
There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
Two people getting together to write a book is like three people getting
together to have a baby. One of them is superfluous.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to
consume wealth without producing it.
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children
that honesty is the best policy.
We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and
justify our existence... on pain of liquidation.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always
declares that it is his duty.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
You can not believe in honor until you have achieved it. Better keep
yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even
mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
You see things as they are and ask, “Why?” I dream things as they never
were and ask, “Why not?”
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the
Your word can never be as good as your bond because your memory can
never be as trustworthy as your honor.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which
forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
George Bernard Shaw,
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