125 RESULTS FOR: George Bernard Shaw
You see things as they are and ask, 'Why' I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not'
George Bernard ShawBetter keep yourself clean and bright you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard ShawLife does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard ShawReasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
George Bernard ShawFew of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.
George Bernard ShawEverything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
George Bernard ShawEngland and America are two countries separated by the same language.
George Bernard ShawAll great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard ShawA man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
George Bernard ShawLiberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard ShawWhen a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
George Bernard ShawNo man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.
George Bernard ShawWhen the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.
George Bernard ShawSwindon What will history say Burgoyne History, sir, will tell lies as usual.
George Bernard ShawAs long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
George Bernard ShawMoney enables us to get what we want instead of what other people think we want.
George Bernard ShawFirst love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
George Bernard ShawThe only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor he takes my measure anew every time he sees me, whilst all the rest go on with their old measurements, and expect them to fit me.
George Bernard ShawThere is only one universal passion fear.
George Bernard ShawWe are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good what would he say now
George Bernard ShawThe man who listens to Reason is lost reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.
George Bernard ShawDo you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about They are more true they are the only things that are true.
George Bernard ShawThere is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard ShawUse your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die and do not outlive yourself.
George Bernard ShawSelf-denial is not a virtue it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
George Bernard ShawMan can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
George Bernard ShawThe 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.
George Bernard ShawIn Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
George Bernard ShawThe more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard ShawEnglishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
George Bernard ShawI'm not a teacher only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead-ahead of myself as well as you.
George Bernard ShawSelf-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
George Bernard ShawThe 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.
George Bernard ShawForgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature
George Bernard ShawA lifetime of happiness No man alive could bear it it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard ShawReading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard ShawThe power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard ShawIf 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.
George Bernard ShawThe savage bows down to idols of wood and stone the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.
George Bernard ShawPopular Christianity has for its emblem a gibbet, for its chief sensation a sanginary execution after torture, for its central mystery is an insane vengeance bought off by a trumpery expiation. But there is a nobler and profounder Christianity which affirms the sacred mystery of equality and forbids the glaring futility and folly of vengeance.
George Bernard ShawYou see things and you say, 'Why' But I dream things that never were and I say, Why not
George Bernard ShawIf you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
George Bernard ShawI can't forgive my friends for dying I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
George Bernard ShawThe secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
George Bernard ShawI 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 ShawThe 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.
George Bernard ShawWhen a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard ShawWe don't stop playing because we grow old we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard ShawHe who has never hoped can never despair.
George Bernard ShawAll censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
George Bernard ShawLife 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.
George Bernard ShawThe 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.
George Bernard ShawThe notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
George Bernard ShawA fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard ShawHe who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard ShawA learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard ShawActivity is the only road to knowledge.
George Bernard ShawNo man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.
George Bernard ShawDisobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
George Bernard ShawIt is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
George Bernard ShawIf history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard ShawThere are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.
George Bernard ShawThe art of government is the organization of idolatry.
George Bernard ShawIn this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
George Bernard ShawThe 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.
George Bernard ShawThere is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard ShawAssassination is the extreme form of censorship.
George Bernard ShawThis is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard ShawPeople 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.
George Bernard ShawA life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard ShawWhat we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard ShawThe Churches must learn humility as well as teach it.
George Bernard ShawPatriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard ShawDemocracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard ShawDo not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard ShawThere are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard ShawWe are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard ShawIt's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
George Bernard ShawYouth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard ShawWhat use are cartridges in battle I always carry chocolate instead.
George Bernard ShawA fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
George Bernard ShawFew 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 ShawHell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard ShawHegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard ShawDemocracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard ShawAmericans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard ShawLack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard ShawImagination 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 ShawI can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
George Bernard ShawI often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard ShawIf you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard ShawIf all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
George Bernard ShawIf the lesser mind could measure the greater as a footrule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.
George Bernard ShawMartyrdom... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
George Bernard ShawYou 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.
George Bernard ShawMy 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 ShawYou'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
George Bernard ShawOne man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
George Bernard ShawThere are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.
George Bernard ShawWomen upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
George Bernard ShawThe worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them that's the essense of inhumanity.
George Bernard ShawDo you know what a pessimist is A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
George Bernard ShawA government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard ShawSilence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
George Bernard ShawWe 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 ShawParentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
George Bernard ShawWe have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard ShawEvery man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard ShawI am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
George Bernard ShawAlcohol 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 ShawMy way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.
George Bernard ShawHe knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
George Bernard ShawBeware of the man whose God is in the skies.
George Bernard ShawThe golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
George Bernard ShawTake care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
George Bernard ShawHell is full of musical amateurs music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard ShawAn Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
George Bernard ShawA perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
George Bernard ShawYouth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
George Bernard ShawWhat is life but a seires of inspired follies The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance it doesn't come every day.
George Bernard ShawI never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
George Bernard ShawThe English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
George Bernard ShawThe fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
George Bernard ShawIt is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
George Bernard ShawAll professions are conspiracies against the laity.
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