October 13, 2016

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.”

“A family is a tyranny ruled over by it’s weakest member.”

“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”

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

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

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

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

“A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.”

“A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself.”

“A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.”

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”

“A man who has no office to go, to I don’t care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.”

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

“A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”

“A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.”

“Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

“All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.”

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

“An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.”

“An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.”

“An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.”

“An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.”

“An index is a great leveller.”

“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.”

“Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.”

“Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?”

“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.”

“Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.”

“Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.”

“Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.”

“Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.”

“Changeable women are more enduring than monotonous ones. They are sometimes murdered but seldom deserted.”

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

“Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.”

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

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

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

“Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

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

“Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.”

“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.”

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

“Every child has a right to its own bent… It has a right to find its own way and go its own way, whether that way seems wise or foolish to others, exactly as an adult has. It has a right to privacy as to its own doings and its own affairs as much as if it were its own father.”

“Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.”

“Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.”

“Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on.”

“Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”

“Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.”

“Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.”

“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.”

“Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.”

“Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”

“God is on the side of the big battalions.”

“He hates chess. He says it is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something clever when they are only wasting their time.”

“He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.”

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

“Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.”

“Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”

“He’s a man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.”

“Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.”

“Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.”

“I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.”

“I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.”

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”

“I don’t know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.”

“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 courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.”

“I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.”

“I hate singers, a miserable crew who think that music exists only in their own throats.”

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

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

“I 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.”

“I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.”

“I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.”

“If a woman rebels against high-heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat.”

“If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.”

“If Despotism failed only for want of a capable benevolent despot, what chance has Democracy, which requires a whole population of capable voters.”

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

“If the English can survive their food, they can survive anything.”

“If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.”

“If women were particular about men’s characters, they would never get married at all.”

“If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.”

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

“If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.”

“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.”

“If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves.”

“If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.”

“If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.”

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

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

“In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.”

“In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.”

“In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.”

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

“It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.”

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

“It is more dangerous to be a great prophet or poet than to promote twenty companies for swindling simple folk out of their savings.”

“It is most unwise for people in love to marry.”

“It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.”

“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.”

“It was from Handel that I learned that style consists in force of assertion.”

“It’s easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.”

“It’s so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right.”

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.”

“Justice is justice though it’s always delayed and finally done only by mistake.”

“Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.”

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”

“Liberty also means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

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

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

“Life is not meant to be easy, my child but take courage: it can be delightful.”

“Life is too short for men to take it seriously.”

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

“Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”

“Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.”

“Love is the gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.”

“Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”

“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.”

“Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.”

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

“Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.”

“Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.”

“Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.”

“Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness and ugliness.”

“Most people do not pray; they only beg.”

“Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?”

“My reputation grows with every failure.”

“Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.”

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

“No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.”

“No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.”

“Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.”

“Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.”

“Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

“Old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world.”

“On Christmas Day it is proclaimed that Christianity established peace on earth and good will towards men. Next day the Christian, with refreshed soul, goes back to the manufacture of submarines and torpedoes.”

“One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.”

“Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.”

“Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.”

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.”

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

“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.”

“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.”

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

“Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.”

“Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.”

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

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

“Property is organized robbery.”

“Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.”

“Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

“Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.”

“She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.”

“Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”

“Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.”

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

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

“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.”

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

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.”

“The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.”

“The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.”

“The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them.”

“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.”

“The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who don’t have it.”

“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.”

“The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.”

“The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.”

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

“The surest way to ruin a man who doesn’t know how to handle money is to give him some.”

“The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.”

“The trouble, Mr. Goldwyn is that you are only interested in art and I am only interested in money.”

“The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.”

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.”

“There are two classes in good society in England. The equestrian classes and the neurotic classes.”

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

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.”

“Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.”

“Undershaft: My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.”

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

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

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

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

“What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.”

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”

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

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.”

“When you prevent me from doing anything I want to do, that is persecution; but when I prevent you from doing anything you want to do, that is law, order and morals.”

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

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

“Woman’s dearest delight is to wound Man’s self-conceit, though Man’s dearest delight is to gratify hers.”

“You can’t be a hero without being a coward.”

“You see things as they are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream things as they never were and ask, ‘Why not?'”

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