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Quotes by George Bernard Shaw - (74 quotes)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Aging category:

Spend all you have before you die, and do not outlive yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Aging category:

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. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Ambition category:

I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it to existence or clearing the way for it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Art category:

You will think less of the art, when you know the artist. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Artists category:

All Artists are Anarchists. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Authority category:

All censorship exists 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 censorship. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Belief category:

I believe in Michelangelo, Velazquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of colour, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed: Amen. Amen. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Belief category:

It is not disbelief that is dangerous to our society; it is belief. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Belief category:

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Boredom category:

People get tired of everything, and of nothing sooner than of what they most like. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Burning category:

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Change category:

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Children category:

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Communication category:

The greatest problem of communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Complaining category:

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, make them. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Critics category:

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Desire category:

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Difficulty category:

Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Dreams category:

You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not? (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Drunkenness category:

I am only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Education category:

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Emotion category:

I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his... It would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Failure category:

When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Fashion category:

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Freedom category:

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Friendship category:

-to Winston Churchill...
I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Genius category:

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Genius category:

It is necessary for the welfare of society that genius should be privileged to utter sedition, to blaspheme, to outrage good taste, to corrupt the youthful mind, and generally to scandalize one's uncles. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Goals category:

I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Happiness category:

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Happiness category:

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Health category:

Use your health even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Ideas category:

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will each have an 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 Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Imagination category:

Imagination 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 Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Instinct category:

Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Interest category:

The trouble, Mr. Goldwyn, is that you are only intersted in art and I am only interested in money. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Joy category:

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. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Knowledge category:

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Life category:

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Life category:

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Loneliness category:

Don't think you can frighten me by telling me I am alone. France is alone; and God is alone; and what is my loneliness before the loneliness of my country and my God. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Love category:

I was taught when I was young that if people would only love one another, all would be well with the world. I found when I tried to put that into practice, not only were other people seldom lovable but I wasn't very lovable myself. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Methodology category:

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

George Bernard Shaw - From the Mistakes category:

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Money category:

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

George Bernard Shaw - From the Morality category:

It is ridiculous to say that art has nothing to do with morality. What is true is that the artist's business is not that of the policeman. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Observation category:

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Originality category:

What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Profession category:

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is not seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Progress category:

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Questions category:

No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Quotations category:

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Religion category:

We sing in a church – why should we not dance there? (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Renewal category:

I had become a new person; and those who knew the old person laughed at me. The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor. He took my measure anew every time he saw me, whilst all the rest went in with their old measurements and expected them to fit me. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Responsibility category:

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Rewards category:

Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, today is a gift – that's why it's called 'the present'. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Rules category:

The golden rule is that there is no golden rule. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Sacrifice category:

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Sacrifice category:

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Satisfaction category:

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Shock category:

It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Standards category:

If more than 10% of the people like a painting, you can be sure it's bad. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Struggle category:

All my life, affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Success category:

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Success category:

Successful people in this world are those who get up and look for circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Theory category:

The theory that music has a depraving effect on morals has now been abandoned to the old women of both sexes. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Thinking category:

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I've made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Time category:

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Travel category:

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Truth category:

All great truths begin as blasphemies. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Windows category:

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Windows category:

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Wisdom category:

We are made wise not by recollection of our past but by responsibility for our future. (George Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw - From the Words category:

How you ought properly to spell 'fish' in English: 'goti' ('g' as in 'laugh,' 'o' as in 'women,' and 'ti' as in 'dictionary'). (George Bernard Shaw)



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Last modified: October 2, 2014