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169 Top Quotes By George Bernard Shaw That Will Give You New Perception & Outlook

Quick Facts

Famous As: Playwright

Born On: July 26, 1856

Died On: November 2, 1950

Born In: Dublin

Founder / Co Founder: London School of Economics and Political Science

Died At Age: 94

A Nobel laureate, George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright who exerted an indomitable influence on Western culture, theatre and politics with his write-ups. Shaw’s writing style was arch different from what was practiced in those days. He introduced realism into playwriting by using the platform to stage his political, social and religious ideas. Shaw’s writing style was unique. His radical rationalism, utter disregard for conventions, keen dialectic interest and verbal wit was seen in most of his plays. Shaw gained limelight with his masterpiece ‘Saint Joan’, in which he rewrote the well-known story of the French maiden and extends it from the Middle Ages to the present. He followed this up with a string of masterpieces including, ‘Ceasar and Cleopatra’, ‘Androcles and the Lion’, ‘Major Barbara’, ‘Man and Superman’, ‘The Doctor's Dilemma’ and ‘Pygmalion’, each of which were amongst Shaw's greatest successes on stage. Such has been the contribution made by Shaw that he is rated second only to William Shakespeare when it comes to English-language dramatists. Other than his works, Shaw’s quotes have been magnanimously used. While some of them take a dig at life’s challenges, others help you grow stronger human beings and still others leave you with a new perspective. Check quotes by George Bernard Shaw and get inspired.
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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

Youth is wasted on the young.

George Bernard Shaw

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.

George Bernard Shaw

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.

George Bernard Shaw

Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies.

George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

George Bernard Shaw

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

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

George Bernard Shaw

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

In heaven an angel is no one in particular.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?

George Bernard Shaw

Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it....

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.

George Bernard Shaw

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.

George Bernard Shaw

You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you have lost something.

George Bernard Shaw

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you.

George Bernard Shaw

If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.

George Bernard Shaw

I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.

George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

The 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 Shaw

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.

George Bernard Shaw

If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.

George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

I knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.

George Bernard Shaw

The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!

George Bernard Shaw

To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

There is always danger for those who are afraid.

George Bernard Shaw

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

George Bernard Shaw

The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.

George Bernard Shaw

The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination

George Bernard Shaw

Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.

George Bernard Shaw

I do not know what I think until I write it.

George Bernard Shaw

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

Get out of my way; for I won't stop for you.

George Bernard Shaw

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

George Bernard Shaw

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

George Bernard Shaw