George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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April 28, 2013 by ArtBlogger


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

 Man and Superman

All great truths begin as blasphemies.


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

 Maxims for Revolutionists

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

 Man and Superman

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

 Caesar and Cleopatra

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.


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

 Maxims for Revolutionists

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for a living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.

 Man and Superman

A love affair should always be a honeymoon. And the only way to make sure of that is to keep changing the man; for the same man can never keep it up.

 Too True to Be Good

Christianity as a specific doctrine was slain with Jesus, suddenly and utterly. He was hardly cold in his grave, or high in his heaven (as you please), before the apostles dragged the tradition of him down to the level of the thing it has remained ever since.

 preface to Androcles and the Lion

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

 Man and Superman

When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night.

 Saturday Review, May 21, 1898

A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.

 The Star, Apr. 5, 1890

Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.

 preface, Plays Unpleasant

Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn’t really hurt.

 Heartbreak House

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

 Captain Brassbound’s Conversion

The censorship method … is that of handing the job over to some frail and erring mortal man, and making him omnipotent on the assumption that his official status will make him infallible and omniscient.

 speech, Jan. 20, 1935

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

 The Irrational Knot

Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You cannot have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock him in? If he is not, why pretend that he is?

 Man and Superman

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.

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

 Maxims for Revolutionists

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 Devil’s Disciple

He who has never hoped can never despair.

 Caesar and Cleopatra

We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.

 preface to Misalliance

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

preface, Immaturity

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

 The Public: A Journal of Democracy, 1910


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