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George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

 

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

 

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

 

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

 

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold. 

 

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

 

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

 

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. 

 

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.

 

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

 

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

 

Creation is a miracle of daily recurrence. ‘A miracle a minute’ would not be a bad slogan for God.

 

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

 

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.

 

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

 

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

 

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

 

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

 

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

 

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.

 

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

 

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

 

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.

 

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

 

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

 

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

 

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.

 

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.

 

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

 

If I were a woman, I’d simply refuse to speak to any man or do anything for men until I’d got the vote.

 

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

 

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.

 

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

 

In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win. 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.

 

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

 

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

 

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

 

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

 

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

 

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.

 

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. 

 

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

 

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

 

Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.

 

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

 

My reputation grows with every failure.

 

Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. 

 

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

 

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.

 

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.

 

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.

 

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

 

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.

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