Inspirational George Bernard Shaw Quotes

Inspirational George Bernard Shaw Quotes
George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. This post features some Inspirational George Bernard Shaw Quotes.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.”
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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

“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!”
― George Bernard Shaw

“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“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.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

“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

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ”
― George Bernard Shaw

“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

“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“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

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The play was a great success, but audience was a dismal failure.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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  1. Thank you for sharing all this wisdom. I found my favorite quote: Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

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