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Irish playwright and critic, Birth: 26-7-1856, Death: 2-11-1950 George Bernard Shaw Quotes
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

Be vigilant of deceptive information; it is more perilous than unawareness.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

'We don't curb our enjoyment of life as we age; instead, age catches up with us because we've ceased to take pleasure in it.'
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
George Bernard Shaw

I have come to understand that it is futile to tussle with a swine. You become mired in filth, and the hog takes pleasure in it.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Existence isn't about recognizing oneself. Existence is about formulating oneself.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

'Those who question the possibility of a task should not impede those in the process of achieving it.'
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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

A life spent taking risks is not only more respectable, but more profitable than a life wasted in inaction.
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.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

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Write your Sad times in Sand, Write your Good times in Stone.
George Bernard Shaw

Scribe your sorrowful moments in Sand, Engrave your joyful times in Rock.
Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst followers
George Bernard Shaw

'Islam is a superior faith yet its adherents are lacking in devotion.'
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
George Bernard Shaw

The visionary creates the aircraft, while the realist supplies the safety net.
You see things and you say, 'Why?'. But I dream things and I say, 'Why not?'.
George Bernard Shaw

You observe things and you ask, 'Why?'. But I envision possibilities and I proclaim, 'Why not!'
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.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

The sensible individual alters themselves to the environment; the intransigent one insists on altering the environment to suit themselves. Consequently, every advancement relies on the obstinate individual.
A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.
George Bernard Shaw

A cigarette is a morsel of tobacco rolled in paper with an ignition at one end and an imbecile at the other.
Marx's Kapital is not a treatise on socialism; it is a gerrymand against the bourgeoisie. It was supposed to be written for the working class, but the working man respects the bourgeoisie and wants to be a bourgeoisie. Marx never got a hold of him for a moment. It was the revolting sons of the bourgeoisie itself, like myself, that painted the flag red. The middle and upper classes are the revolutionary element in society. The proletariat is the conservative element.
George Bernard Shaw

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

The paramount obstacle in communication is the misconception that it has been accomplished.
Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

'Those who are inflexible in thought cannot bring about any transformation.'
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Advancement is unattainable without transformation; and those who cannot alter their perspectives cannot achieve anything.
A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.
George Bernard Shaw

A socialist is somebody who has nothing to their name, and is willing to share it equally with all.
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

We glean from our past that individuals never draw conclusions from their past.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

Autonomy denotes accountability. That is why many people fear it.
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
George Bernard Shaw

Be meticulous in selecting what you desire or you will be compelled to accept what comes your way.
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

'No regimen can eradicate all the adipose from your form because the mind is totally comprised of fat. Without a brain, you could appear attractive, but all you could do is pursue political office.'
If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains.
George Bernard Shaw

If at age 20 you are not idealistic then you lack compassion. If at age 30 you are not pragmatic then you lack wisdom.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
George Bernard Shaw

Complete the task at hand regardless of personal contentment; this is not pleasure, but it is excellence.
The person I miss most is the one I could have been.
George Bernard Shaw

'The individual I regret not being is the one I yearn for.'
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
George Bernard Shaw

Muteness is the supreme demonstration of contempt.
Don't wait for the right opportunity: create it.
George Bernard Shaw

Initiate your own destiny instead of passively awaiting fate.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid...There is no harm in a well-fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party.
George Bernard Shaw

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

Most people do not pray; they only beg.
George Bernard Shaw

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

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
George Bernard Shaw

Some people look at the world and say 'why?' Some people look at the world and say 'why not?'
George Bernard Shaw

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

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
George Bernard Shaw

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

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.
George Bernard Shaw

I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.
George Bernard Shaw

Capitalism drives the employers to do their worst to the employed, and the employed to do the least for them. And it boasts all the time of the incentive it provides to both to do their best! . . . The reason the Capitalist system has worked so far without jamming for more than a few months at a time, and then only in places, is that it has not yet succeeded in making a conquest of human nature so complete that everybody acts on strictly business principles.
George Bernard Shaw

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

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw

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

When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.
George Bernard Shaw

All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
George Bernard Shaw