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55 Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

Irish playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856. Over the course of his life, he wrote more than 60 plays and numerous books, reviews and other writings in his lifetime. The only person to have received both a Novel prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar in 1938 for the film "Pygmalion", Shaw is regularly rated second only to Shakespeare in the british theatrical tradition.

We collected 55 things that George Bernard Shaw said:



On Life:

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

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

"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

"What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day."

"As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death."


On embracing your past:

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


On Food:

On Food:

"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."


On Reading:

On Reading:

"Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty."

"Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself."


On first love:

"First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity."


On Art:

"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul."

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."


On possibility of dreams:

"You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'"


On growing old:

"You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."


On the Truth:

On the Truth:

"My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world."

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."

"When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."


On Progress:

"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."


On Adapting:

"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."


On overcoming obstacles:

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. 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."


On Success:

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."

"Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great."


On Happiness:

"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby."

"The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation, because occupation means pre-occupation; and the pre-occupied person is neither happy nor unhappy, but simply alive and active. That is why it is necessary to happiness that one should be tired."

"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."


On the beauty of ideas:

On the beauty of ideas:

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."


On Creativity:

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


On learning:

"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning."


On the importance of our perception:

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

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."


On the punishment of a lie:

On the punishment of a lie:

"The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else."


On the Pope's advice:

"Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!"


On the business of Photography:

"A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity."


On pointless fights:

"Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."


On Hatred:

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."


On Patriotism:

"Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it..."

"You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race."


On Politics:

"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career."

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

"You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live."


On Religions:

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic 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 of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life."

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."


On irony:

"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity."


On honor and integrity:

On honor and integrity:

"The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor."


On Laughter:

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


On Obligations:

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."


On Fashion:

"A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic."


On Rules:

"The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."


On Cynism:

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


On Pessimism:

"A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."


On Optimists and Pessimists:

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute."


On Equality:

"The great secret ... is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no thirdclass carriages, and one soul is as good as another."


On Veganism:

On Veganism:

"I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals."


On Change:

"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."


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