George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

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Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
– George Bernard Shaw

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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

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I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
– George Bernard Shaw

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You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’
– George Bernard Shaw

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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.
– George Bernard Shaw

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I don’t want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady.
– George Bernard Shaw

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There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
– George Bernard Shaw

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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?
– George Bernard Shaw

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The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
– George Bernard Shaw

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A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
– George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

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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

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Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Virtue is insufficient temptation.
– George Bernard Shaw

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If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentleman, he may pronounce as he pleases.
– George Bernard Shaw

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The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
– George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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I believe in the discipline of silence and could talk for hours about it.
– George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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Self control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.
– George Bernard Shaw

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The churches must learn humility as well as teach it.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Property is organized robbery.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Don’t ask me for promises until I know what I am promising.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?”
– George Bernard Shaw

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Most people do not pray; they only beg.
– George Bernard Shaw

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The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.
– George Bernard Shaw

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If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
– George Bernard Shaw

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

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You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
– George Bernard Shaw

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If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
– George Bernard Shaw

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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

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When a man wants to murder a tiger, it’s called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it’s called ferocity.
– George Bernard Shaw

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Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
– George Bernard Shaw

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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

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