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George Bernard Shaw

Irish playwright and 1935 Nobel prize winner; b. 1856; d. 1950  ·  22 aphorisms  ·  one comment

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Comment#  ·   Fair (257 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

George Bernard Shaw, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

George Bernard Shaw, in Altruism and Cynicism and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (456 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

George Bernard Shaw, in Happiness and Misery and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (247 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.

George Bernard Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (242 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.

George Bernard Shaw, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (222 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (397 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

George Bernard Shaw, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (502 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw, in Food and Drink

Comment#  ·   Fair (248 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (358 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw, in Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (293 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (160 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (142 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

George Bernard Shaw, in Love and Hate

Comment#  ·   Fair (780 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You see things and you say, "Why?" But I see things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah, Part I, Act I (1921), in Success and Failure

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Comment#  ·   Fair (276 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (282 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

George Bernard Shaw, in Science and Religion

Comment#  ·   Fair (266 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

George Bernard Shaw, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (336 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.

George Bernard Shaw, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (287 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw, in Altruism and Cynicism and Vice and Virtue

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