George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

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

The longer I live, the more convinced am I that this planet is used by other planets as a lunatic asylum.

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

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

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.

It is not pleasure that makes life worth living. It is life that makes pleasure worth having.

This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.

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

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

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

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.

Don’t wait for the right opportunity: create it.

Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.

Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.


A socialist is somebody who doesn’t have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.

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.

Most people do not pray; they only beg.

Don’t lose faith. Promise yourself that you will be a success story, and I promise you that all the forces of the universe will unite to come to your aid; you might not feel today or for a while, but the longer you wait the bigger the prize.

The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.

Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.


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