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Quotes By George Bernard Shaw


Famous Quotes & Quotations By George Bernard Shaw:

I hope you have lost your good looks, for while they last any fool can adore you, and the adoration of fools is bad for the soul. No, give me a ruined complexion and a lost figure and sixteen chins on a farmyard of Crow's feet and an obvious wig. Then you shall see me coming out strong.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Beauty.

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Government, Money.

If you lived in London, where the whole system is one of false good-fellowship, and you may know a man for twenty years without finding out that he hates you like poison, you would soon have your eyes opened. There we do unkind things in a kind way: we say bitter things in a sweet voice: we always give our friends chloroform when we tear them to pieces.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Hate.

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 Quotes - Category: Parents.

In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Angels.

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Fear.

Instruction in sex is as important as instruction in food; yet not only are our adolescents not taught the physiology of sex, but never warned that the strongest sexual attraction may exist between persons so incompatible in tastes and capacities that they could not endure living together for a week much less a lifetime.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Everybody's Political What's What, 1944 - Category: Sex.

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Sport.

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Maxims for Revolutionists - Category: Violence.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Evil, Money.

Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Choice, Leisure.

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Man and Superman, Maxims: Liberty and Equality - Category: Freedom.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Life.

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Children, Fire, Life.

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Love.

My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Animals, Death, Vegitarians.

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, 1931 - Category: Media.

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 Quotes - Category: Dieting.

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Human Nature.

Our ideals, like the gods of old, are constantly demanding human sacrifices.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Ideals.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Cynicism.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. 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 Quotes, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893 - Category: Perseverance.

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Family Affection, Parents and Children, 1914 - Category: Worry.

Pothinus: Is it possible that Caesar, the conqueror of the world, has time to occupy himself with such a trifle as our taxes?
Caesar: My friend, taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Caesar and Cleopatra - Category: Taxes.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Conformity.

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes - Category: Revolution.

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