George Bernard Shaw Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous George Bernard Shaw quotes and George Bernard Shaw sayings, and George Bernard Shaw proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"Self denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality."

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

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

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

"The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react."

"In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular."

"The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing."

"You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges: the old ones, grub."

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

"The ultimate form of censorship is assassination."

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

"All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequentlythe first condition of progress is the removal of censorship."

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

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

"Life is too short for men to take it seriously."

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

"You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."

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

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

"A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle."

"The greatest thing in life is to die young but delay it as long as possible."

"There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough."

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

"The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist."

"We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing."

"If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven."

"In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it."

"The art of governmentis the organization of idolatry."

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

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