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50 Inspirational George Bernard Shaw Quotes and Sayings

George Bernard Shaw Quotes will teach you how to live a fulfilled life. As a novelist and playwright.

Here are 50 George Bernard Shaw quotes that will teach you valuable lessons on life.

50 George Bernard Shaw Quotes and Sayings

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard

George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard

George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

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

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

“The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.”

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

George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

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

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“The first prison I ever saw had inscribed on it ‘cease to do evil: learn to do well’; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it.”

“A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“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.”

“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”

“A day’s work is a day’s work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day’s sustenance, a night’s repose, and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman.”

“Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.”

“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

“A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.”

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”

“The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend … if you have one.”

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”

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

“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.”

“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”

“Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich – something for nothing.”

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

“Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”

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

“If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”

“He knows nothing, and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

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

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

“If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a foot rule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.”

“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.”

“A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.”

“The play was a great success, but audience was a dismal failure.”

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

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

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”

“Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny. They have only shifted it to another shoulder.”

“My religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative evolution. I desire that no public monument or work of art or inscription or sermon or ritual service commemorating me shall suggest that I accepted the tenets peculiar to any established church or denomination nor take the form of a cross or any other instrument of torture or symbol of blood sacrifice.

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

“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.”

“Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.”

“The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for a living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.”

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

“A love affair should always be a honeymoon. And the only way to make sure of that is to keep changing the man; for the same man can never keep it up.”

“The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”

“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.”

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

“This 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.”

“When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night.”

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