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George Bernard Shaw (Writer)

My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.
George Bernard Shaw people
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 world
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw war
Must then aperish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?
George Bernard Shaw men
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
George Bernard Shaw mind
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw sin
is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it…
George Bernard Shaw art
Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it…
George Bernard Shaw power
But no public man in these islands ever believes that themeans what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means; and I have no reason to hope that Mr Coote may be an exception to the rule.
George Bernard Shaw hope
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
George Bernard Shaw right
We have no more right to consumewithout producing it than to consumewithout producing it.
George Bernard Shaw right
I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler. I don't like beer.
George Bernard Shaw
We don't bother much about dress andin England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.
George Bernard Shaw man
The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.
George Bernard Shaw life
There is only one , though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw
You're not a man, you're a machine.
George Bernard Shaw man
Why should you call me to account for eating decently?
George Bernard Shaw you
The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.
George Bernard Shaw novel
The worsttowards our fellow creatures is not tothem, but to beto them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw war
, sir, is what these people like: it is the only way in which a man can becomewithout ability.
George Bernard Shaw people
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
George Bernard Shaw living
[Chess] is a foolish expedient for makingpeople believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.
George Bernard Shaw time
To understand a , you must hear the 's advocate; and the same is true of the .
George Bernard Shaw true
is the extreme form of ; and it seems hard to justify an incitement to it on anti-censorial principles.
George Bernard Shaw men
Why was I born with such contemporaries?
George Bernard Shaw wit
A critic recently described me, with deadly acuteness, as having 'a kindly dislike of my fellow-creatures.' Perhaps dread would have been nearer the mark than dislike; for man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
George Bernard Shaw man
The word , if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.
George Bernard Shaw bible
That proves it's not by Shaw, because all Shaw's characters are himself: mere puppets stuck up to spout Shaw.
George Bernard Shaw self
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living.is .
George Bernard Shaw living
Any public committee man who tries to pack the moral cards in the interest of his own notions is guilty ofand impertinence. The business of a public library is not to supply the public with the books the committee thinks good for the public, but to supply the public with the books the public wants. …ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read. But as the ratepayer is mostly a coward and a fool in these difficult matters, and the committee is quite sure that it can succeed where the Roman Catholic Church has made itsthe laughing-stock of the world, censorship will rage until it reduces itself to ; and even then the best books will be in danger still.
George Bernard Shaw books
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
George Bernard Shaw people
All greatbegin as .
George Bernard Shaw great
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock theout of the human race.
George Bernard Shaw world
Political necessities sometimes turn out to be political mistakes.
George Bernard Shaw time
Scratch an Englishman and find a Protestant.
George Bernard Shaw man
is on the side of the big battalions.
George Bernard Shaw
Must then aperish in torment in every age to save those that have no ?
George Bernard Shaw men
It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
George Bernard Shaw people
Our natural dispositions may be good; but we have been badly brought up, and are full of anti-social personal ambitions andand snobberies. Had we not better teach our children to be better citizens than ourselves? We are not doing that at present. The Russians are. That is my last word. Think over it.
George Bernard Shaw children
God help England if she had no Scots to think for her!
George Bernard Shaw help
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. But here again, because there is nothing to sell, there is a very general disposition to regard a married woman's work as no work at all, and to take it as a matter of course that she should not be paid for it.
George Bernard Shaw family
No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw man
I have defined the 100 per cent American as 99 per cent an idiot.
George Bernard Shaw america
An American has no sense of . He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.
George Bernard Shaw country
You in America should trust to that volcanic political instinct which I have divined in you.
George Bernard Shaw trust
Therelation is not a personal relation. It can be irresistibly desired and rapturously consummated between persons who could not endure one another for a day in any other relation.
George Bernard Shaw desire
Theof a play is the quality of its ideas.
George Bernard Shaw ideas
Awhich robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw end
The road tois paved with good editions. Only the illiterate can afford to buy good books now.
George Bernard Shaw books
Theofis to offend the greatest number of people.
George Bernard Shaw people
is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of .
George Bernard Shaw enemy
The single biggest problem inis the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw sin
The firstI ever saw had inscribed on it CEASE TO DO EVIL: LEARN TO DO WELL; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it.
George Bernard Shaw read
Vulgarity is a necessary part of a complete author's equipment; and theis sometimes the best part of the circus.
George Bernard Shaw time
The epithetis used by surgeons to describe operations which their patients describe as ghastly, by physicists to describe methods of measurement which leave sentimentalists cold, by lawyers to describe cases which ruin all the parties to them, and by lovers to describe the objects of their infatuation, however unattractive they may appear to the unaffected spectators.
George Bernard Shaw love
I know I began as aand have ended as a , like all .
George Bernard Shaw end
The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe any one else.
George Bernard Shaw men
A review of the works and ideas of
George Bernard Shaw work
Just as the liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe any one else; so a guilty society can more easily be persuaded that any apparently innocent act is guilty than that any apparently guilty act is innocent.
George Bernard Shaw society
The salvation of the world depends on the men who will not take evil good-humouredly, and whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him.
George Bernard Shaw humour
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
George Bernard Shaw man
It's well to be off with the Old Woman before you're on with the New.
George Bernard Shaw man
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
George Bernard Shaw love
Theof a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
George Bernard Shaw man
People are always blamingfor 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 people
There are nobetter kept than the secrets everybody guesses.
George Bernard Shaw secrets
I know Miss Warren is a great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On.
George Bernard Shaw great
My way hither was the way of destiny; for I am he of whose genius you are the symbol: part brute, part woman, and part God— nothing of man in me at all. Have I read your riddle, Sphinx?
George Bernard Shaw art
Hail, Sphinx: salutation from ! I have wandered in many lands, seeking the lost regions from which my birth into this world exiled me, and the company of creatures such as I myself. I have found flocks and pastures, men and cities, but no other Caesar, no air native to me, no man kindred to me, none who can do my day's deed, and think my night's thought.
George Bernard Shaw men
THEODOTUS: Caesar: you are a stranger here, and not conversant with our laws. The kings and queens of Egypt may not marry except with their own royal blood. Ptolemy and Cleopatra are born king and consort just as they are born brother and sister. BRITANNUS (shocked): Caesar: this is not proper. THEODOTUS (outraged): How! CAESAR (recovering his self-possession): Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw nature
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw man
Again, there is the illusion of "increased command over ," meaning that cotton is cheap and that ten miles of country road on a bicycle have replaced four on foot. But even if man's increased command over Nature included any increased command over himself (the only sort of command relevant to his evolution into a higher being), the fact remains that it is only by running away from the increased command over Nature to country places where Nature is still in primitive command over Man that he can recover from the effects of the smoke, the stench, the foul air, the overcrowding, the racket, the ugliness, the dirt which the cheap cotton costs us.
George Bernard Shaw self
If you leave your art, the world will beat you back to it. The world has not an ambition worth sharing, or a prize worth handling...
George Bernard Shaw art
The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.
George Bernard Shaw people
The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve.
George Bernard Shaw poetry
There are some men who are considered quite ugly, but who are more remarkable than pretty people. You often see that in artists.
George Bernard Shaw art
All very fine, Mary; but my old-fashionedis better than your clever modern .
George Bernard Shaw fashion
If you leave your , the world will beat you back to it. The world has not anworth sharing, or a prize worth handling. Corrupt successes, disgraceful failures, or sheeplike vegetation are all it has to offer. I prefer Art, which gives me a sixth sense of beauty, with self-respect: perhaps also an immortal reputation in return for honest endeavour in a labour of love.
George Bernard Shaw love
Perhaps woman's art is of woman's life a thing apart, 'tis man's whole existence; just as love is said to be the reverse — though it isn't.
George Bernard Shaw love
I hate singers, a miserable crew who think that music exists only in their own throats.
George Bernard Shaw music
A man's ownis the last person to believe in him, and is harder to cheat than the rest of the world.
George Bernard Shaw world
Composers are not human; They can live on diminished sevenths, and be contented with a pianoforte for a wife, and a string quartet for a family.
George Bernard Shaw art
are horrid, intolerant, easily offended, sleeplessly self-conscious men, who expect their wives to be angels with no further business in life than to pet and worship their husbands. Even at the best they are not comfortable men to live with; and a perfect husband is one who is perfectly comfortable to live with.
George Bernard Shaw life
Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.
George Bernard Shaw time
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
George Bernard Shaw time
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
George Bernard Shaw life
There is nosincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw love
The confusion ofwithhas done more to destroy theof the human race than any other single error.
George Bernard Shaw man
Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw you
If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a foot-rule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.
George Bernard Shaw mind
He who confuses politicalwithand political equality with similarity has never thought for five minutes about either.
George Bernard Shaw thought
The duke inquires contemptuously whether his gamekeeper is the equal of the Astronomer Royal; but he insists that they shall both be hanged equally if they murder him.
George Bernard Shaw ya
Whereis undisputed, so also is subordination.
George Bernard Shaw
A fool’s brain digestsinto ,into , andinto .
George Bernard Shaw rain
Everybelieves what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulityoras confidently as his father called it divine revelation.
George Bernard Shaw believe
No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an .
George Bernard Shaw man
The man who has graduated from the flogging block at Eton to the bench from which he sentences the garrotter to be flogged is the same social product as the garrotter who has been kicked by his father and cuffed by his mother until he has grown strong enough to throttle and rob the rich citizen whose money he desires.
George Bernard Shaw money
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction betweenandis no greater.
George Bernard Shaw man
There are no perfectly honorable men; but every true man has one main point ofand a few minor ones.
George Bernard Shaw men
Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
George Bernard Shaw god

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