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


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


  3. Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.


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




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


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


  7. Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.


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


  9. There is no love sincerer than the love of food.


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


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


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


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


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


  15. Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.


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


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


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


  19. I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.


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


  21. An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.


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


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


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


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

    • youth

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

    • fight

  27. Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.


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


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


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




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  1. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about inteligence

    No diet will remove all the fat from your body, becayse the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.


  2. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about change

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


  3. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about life

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


  4. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about communication

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


  5. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about irony

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


  6. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about sin

    Many a sinner has played himself into heaven on the trombone.


  7. Picture quote by George Bernard Shaw about thinking

    Two percent of the people think, three percent of the people think they think, and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than Think.


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What are the best life quotes by George Bernard Shaw?


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


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


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


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


    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.


    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

    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

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


    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.


    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.


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


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


    If you're not producing as much as you consume, or perhaps a little more, then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us, and it can't be of very much use to yourself.

    • life

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What are the best love quotes by George Bernard Shaw?


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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What are the best people quotes by George Bernard Shaw?


    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.

    • thought

    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.


    Very few people can afford to be poor.


    Most people do not pray; they only beg.


    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.


    If I own a large part of Scotland, I can turn the people off the land practically into the sea or across the sea. I can take women in child-bearing and throw them into the snow and leave them there. That has been done. I can do it for no better reason than I think it is better to shoot deer on the land than allow people to live on it.


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


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


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What are the best religion quotes by George Bernard Shaw?


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


    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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What are the best marriage quotes by George Bernard Shaw?


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


    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

    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.


    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

    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

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

    • marriage

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Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.


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


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

  • wealth

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




The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.


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


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

  • religion

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


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


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


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


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

  • forgiveness

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


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


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


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


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


You cannot be a hero without being a coward.


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

  • purpose

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

  • patriotism

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

  • happiness

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


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


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


Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.


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


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


Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.


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


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


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


I want to be all used up when I die.


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

  • youth

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


Lack of money is the root of all evil.

  • money

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


The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.


Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.


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


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


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


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

  • science

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


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


A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.


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


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


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

  • love

He who has never hoped can never despair.


Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

  • royalty

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


The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.


Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.


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

All problems are finally scientific problems.


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

  • religion

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


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


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

  • authors

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


Morality is suspecting other people of not being legally married.

  • morals

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

  • marriage

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

  • morals

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


All professions are conspiracies against the laity.

  • professionalism

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


Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

  • age

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


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

  • sacrifice

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


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


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

  • alcohol

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


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


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


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.


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

  • intelligence

A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.


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


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.


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.


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


Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

  • death

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Property is organized robbery.


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.


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

  • religion

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

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.


How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?


Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.


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

  • art

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

  • success

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


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


Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.


The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.


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

  • marriage

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


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