George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright and 1935 Nobel prize winner; b. 1856; d. 1950
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
You see things and you say, "Why?" But I see things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
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.
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.
When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
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.
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.
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.
My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well dance with it.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.