George Bernard Shaw was born on 26th July, 1856 in Portobello, Dublin. He was a famous playwright, critic, and political activist. Shaw wrote plays and novels on a wide range of topics that made him the leading writer of his generation. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

Following are George Bernard Shaw quotes for inspiration and insight into his thought process.

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

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

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“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
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“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

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“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”
George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island

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

“The play was a great success, but audience was a dismal failure.”
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“After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“People do not become great by doing great things. They do great things because they are great.”
George Bernard Shaw

“What man really wishes to do he will find a means of doing.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Any man over forty is a scoundrel.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The American white relegates the black to the rank of shoeshine boy; and he concludes from this that the black is good for nothing but shining shoes.”
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“I find it easy to forgive the man who invented a devilish instrument like dynamite, but how can one ever forgive the diabolical mind that invented the Nobel Prize in Literature?”
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“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
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“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“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

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
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“When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”
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“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, Man and Superman

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

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!”
George Bernard Shaw

“That is what all poets do: they talk to themselves out loud; and the world overhears them.”
George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“When you vote, you only change the names of the cabinet. When you shoot, you pull down governments, inaugurate new epochs, abolish old orders and set up new.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“Those who do not know how to live must make a merit of dying.”
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“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska the Bolshevik Empress

“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

“Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.”
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“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor’s Dilemma: A Tragedy

“What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!”
George Bernard Shaw

“An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination.”
George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island

“People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
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“It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work.”
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“Set me anything to do as a task, and it is inconceivable the desire I have to do something else.”
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“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.”
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“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
George Bernard Shaw

“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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

“I try to follow his example, not to imitate him.”
George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.”
George Bernard Shaw, Fanny’s First Play

“Greatness is one of the sensations of littleness.”
George Bernard Shaw, Seven Plays

“The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?”
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“Heaven is the most angelically dull place in all creation.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
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“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”
George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.”
George Bernard Shaw

“You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”
George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
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“The truth sticks in our throats with all the sauces it is served with: it will never go down until we take it without any sauce at all.”
George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

“For four wicked centuries the world has dreamed this foolish dream of efficiency; and the end is not yet. But the end will come.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it’s a man or a dog.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.”
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“[Man] progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic

“Common people do not pray; they only beg.”
George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance

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

“In heaven an angel is no one in particular.”
George Bernard Shaw

“When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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

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

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

“All professions are conspiracies against the laity.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’ is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the gospels.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The most distinguished persons become more revolutionary as they grow older.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”
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“An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.”
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“The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.”
George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

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“I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.”
George Bernard Shaw

“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”
George Bernard Shaw, Overruled

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
George Bernard Shaw

“You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you have lost something.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Nobody could stand an eternity of Heaven.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.”
George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God

“If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists

“My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.”
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“German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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“I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.”
George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Oh, well, if you want original conversations, you’d better go and talk to yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“Morals are a luxury of the rich.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Hell, they says, is paved with good intentions.”
George Bernard Shaw

“We are all savages.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“No use slaving for me and then saying you want to be cared for: who cares for a slave? If you come back, come back for the sake of good fellowship; for you’ll get nothing else.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”
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“If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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

“Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“There is always danger for those who are afraid.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Martyrdom, sir, is what these people like: it is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. May not one lost soul be permitted to abstain?”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: they are the only things that are true.”
George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”
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“To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.”
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“I knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!”
George Bernard Shaw

“Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.”
George Bernard Shaw

“What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“He who has never hoped can never despair.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble. There’s only one way of escaping trouble; and that’s killing things.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

“We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence…on pain of liquidation.”
George Bernard Shaw

“What is the matter with universities is that the students are school children, whereas it is of the very essence of university education that they should be adults.”
George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance

“There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
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“You know well I couldn’t bear to live with a low common man after you two; and it’s wicked and cruel of you to insult me by pretending I could.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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“The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.”
George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

“Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”
George Bernard Shaw

“I do not know what I think until I write it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me I’m not fit to sell anything else.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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

“There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I can’t turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“Get out of my way; for I won’t stop for you.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“It is not pleasure that makes life worth living. It is life that makes pleasure worth having.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.”
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“Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”
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“Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.”
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“A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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

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

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I have my own soul. My own spark of divine fire.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”
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“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of the knowledge not the knowledge in pursuit of the child.”
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“There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“I finished my first book seventy-six years ago. I offered it to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later; publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.”
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“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, Mrs. Warren’s Profession & Others

“If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
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“You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“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.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
George Bernard Shaw

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

“There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.”
George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
George Bernard Shaw

“It’s all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.”
George Bernard Shaw, Fanny’s First Play

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”
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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.”
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“Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.”
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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.”
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“Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person’s thumb are two different things.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Bear it like a man, even if you feel it like an ass.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”
George Bernard Shaw

“In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.”
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“…a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.”
George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
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“A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic

“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.”
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“The best way to get your point across is to entertain.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.”
George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

“A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.”
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“Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.”
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“One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.”
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“I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.”
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“If you teach a man anything, he will never learn.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”
George Bernard Shaw

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