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

  • Change


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

  • Fellowship


Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

  • Hate


The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.

  • Joy




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

  • Future


Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.

  • Reason


The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.

  • Apathy


There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

  • Food


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

  • Humor


The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

  • Gossip


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

  • Politics


Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.

  • Youth


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

  • Mirrors


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

  • Perfection


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

  • Royalty


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

  • Satisfaction


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

  • Authors


I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.

  • Thought


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

  • Experience


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

  • Fight


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

  • Fools


The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

  • Morals


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

  • Talent


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


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

  • DeceptionLying


That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.

  • Fight


The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.

  • Forgiveness


An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.

  • Sanity


Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

  • Silence


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

  • Wealth



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George Bernard Shaw quotes about life

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

  • alcohol


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

  • creating


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

  • explain


Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. You are always at the crisis: I am always in the convalescent stage.

  • Life


Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.

  • life


The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.

  • advantage


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

  • affection


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.

  • die


You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.

  • eat


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

  • home


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

  • desire


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.

  • life


In heaven an angel is no one in particular.

  • life


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George Bernard Shaw quotes about love

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The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

  • Love


Girls, like men, want to be petted, pitied, and made much of, when they are diffident, in low spirits, or in unrequited love. These are services which the weak cannot render to the strong and which the strong will not render to the weak, except when there is also a difference of sex.

  • Unrequited


If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper -- and despise it.

  • Love


First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.

  • Love


There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

  • food


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

  • achieved


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

  • food


The love of economy is the root of all virtue.

  • economy


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

  • love


It is most unwise for people in love to marry.

  • love


The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.

  • affair


The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

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George Bernard Shaw quotes about religion

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

  • Religion


My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.

  • Religion


We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?

  • Religion


The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.

  • Religion


All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.

  • Religion


What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.

  • Religion


The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it.

  • Religion


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

  • religion


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George Bernard Shaw quotes about people

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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.

  • people


It is most unwise for people in love to marry.

  • love


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.

  • circumstances


Very few people can afford to be poor.

  • afford


Most people do not pray; they only beg.

  • beg


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

  • attached


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

  • done


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George Bernard Shaw quotes about marriage

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It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.

  • Marriage


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

  • Marriage


There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.

  • Marriage


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.

  • anniversary


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.

  • Marriage


This comes of James teaching me to think for myself, and never to hold back out of fear of what other people may think of me. It works beautifully as long as I think the same things as he does.

  • Marriage


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.

  • life


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Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

  • Youth


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

  • Age


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

  • Hunting


Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

  • Sacrifice




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

  • Flattery


Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!

  • Forgiveness


You cannot be a hero without being a coward.

  • HeroesHeroism


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

  • Mistakes


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

  • Patriotism


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

  • Religion


What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

  • Wealth


She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.

  • Conversation


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

  • Cynicism


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

  • Danger


Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich, something for nothing.

  • Gambling


A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.

  • Hell


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

  • Intelligence


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

  • Laughter


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

  • Money


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

  • Purpose


We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.

  • Purpose


Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

  • adaptation


Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

  • Ability


I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

  • Bravery


What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.

  • Chocolate


When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.

  • Crime


Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.

  • Desires


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

  • Happiness


Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

  • Happiness


We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

  • Honesty


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

  • Imagination


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

  • Independence


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

  • Music


Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

  • Patriotism


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

  • Perception


A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.

  • Pessimism


Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

  • Pleasure


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

  • Power


Science is always wrong, it never solves a problem without creating ten more.

  • Science


There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.

  • Secrets


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

  • Taxation


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


A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

  • Argument


Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.

  • Art


Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

  • Consequences


You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it, than you do to consume wealth without producing it.

  • Consumerism


I want to be all used up when I die.

  • Death


Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.

  • Envy


But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

  • Friends


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

  • Generations


He who has never hoped can never despair.

  • Hope


Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.

  • Insects


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

  • Liberty


The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

  • Love


We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!

  • Madness


Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.

  • Men


Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?

  • Prophecy


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

  • Questions


The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

  • Right


Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

  • Royalty


Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.

  • Science


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

  • Sincerity


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

  • Time


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

  • Voting


Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.


You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.

  • Authors


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

  • Censorship


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

  • Duty


Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than poor women without chastity.

  • Ethics


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

  • Evil


Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

  • Experience


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

  • Healing


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

  • Humanity


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

  • Instinct


It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.

  • Marriage


Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

  • Memory


Lack of money is the root of all evil.

  • Money


The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

  • Prison


All problems are finally scientific problems.

  • Problems


No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.

  • Professionalism


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

  • Quotations


My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.

  • Religion


My reputation grew with every failure.

  • Reputation


Success covers a multitude of blunders.

  • Success


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

  • Voting


The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.


Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

  • Age


Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.

  • Ancestry


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

  • Charity


I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.

  • Class


Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

  • Death


The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

  • Debt


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

  • Democracy


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

  • Economics


We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.

  • Faith


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.

  • Friends


The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.

  • God


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

  • Marriage


Morality is suspecting other people of not being legally married.

  • Morals


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

  • Morals


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

  • Patriotism


The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.

  • Philosophy


It took me twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public.

  • Restraint


Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.

  • Revolution


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

  • Sacrifice


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

  • Sadness


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

  • Sadness


When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.

  • Singing


A man of great common sense and good taste -- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

  • Style


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

  • Teaching


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

  • Tragedy


A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.

  • Vegetarian


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

  • alcohol


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

  • another


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

  • funny


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

  • family


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

  • animals


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

  • inspirational


My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.


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.

  • Advice



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When George Bernard Shaw was born? George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856.

Who is George Bernard Shaw? George Bernard Shaw biography. George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class. He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles. For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived. They settled in Ayot St. Lawrence in a house now called Shaw's Corner. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film "Pygmalion" (adaptation of his play of the same name). Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife's behest. She considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.Shaw died at Shaw's Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.

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