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March 24, 2017

Quotations by 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, Man and Superman

“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, Man and Superman

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Candida

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

“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, Mrs. Warren's Profession

 “You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“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, Getting Married

“A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic

“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. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the Lion

“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

“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, Man and Superman

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma: A Tragedy

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

“… the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

“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, Music in London

“I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart

“The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

“I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God

“Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble. There’s only one way of escaping trouble; and that’s killing things.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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

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