99 George Bernard Shaw Quotes:


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


2. “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


3. “The harder I work the more I live.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


4. “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

5. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


7. “Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


8. “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


9. “It is not enough to know what is good: you must be able to do it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


11. “Better never than late.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


12. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


13. “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“The man who has never made a mistake will never make anything else.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


15. “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.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


16. “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.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


17. “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it, than to consume wealth without producing it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


19. “To be a champion you must live like one.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


20.“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.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


21. “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


23. “There is the eternal war between those who are in the world for what they can get out of it and those who are in the world to make it a better place for everybody to live in.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


24. “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


26. “Success covers a multitude of blunders.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


28. “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


29.“The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


30. “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


31. “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


32. “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



34. “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


37. “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


38. “The play was a great success, but the audience was a dismal failure.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


“Youth is wasted on the young.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


41. “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


42. “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


44. “I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


45. “Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


48. “It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


49. “Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


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


52. “No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


54. “When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


55. “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“A man’s interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW



57. “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


58. “The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self-meddles with it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


59. “A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


60. “Don’t lose faith. Promise yourself that you will be a success story, and I promise you that all the forces of the universe will unite to come to your aid; you might not feel today or for a while, but the longer you wait the bigger the prize.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


62. “Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny. They have only shifted it to another shoulder.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


63. “The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


64. “I want to be all used up when I die.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


65. “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.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


67. “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


68. “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


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


“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


71. “The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


72. “The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


74. “Our first duty is not to be poor.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


76. “He knows nothing, and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW



78. “There is always danger for those who are afraid.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


79. “The salvation of the world depends on the men who will not take evil good-humouredly, and whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


80. “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


81. “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.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


83. “Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


84.“Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


85. “I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


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


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


90. “Nature holds no brief for the human experiment: it must stand or fall by its results. If Man will not serve, nature will try another experiment.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


91. “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


“Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


93. “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


“Life is a first draft… with no rewrite.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


95. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW


96. “You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?” — 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



98. “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


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

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