Quotations by George Bernard Shaw

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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

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Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.

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You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.

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The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.

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Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.

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

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Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!

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The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.

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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.

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We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

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You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.

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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.

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Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

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The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

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You cannot be a hero without being a coward.

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

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We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

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A civilization cannot progress without criticism, and must therefore, to save itself from stagnation and putrefaction, declare impunity for criticism. This means impunity not only for propositions which, however novel, seem interesting, statesmanlike, and respectable, but for propositions that shock the uncritical as obscene, seditious, blasphemous, heretical, and revolutionary.

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You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

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Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

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The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

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The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.

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A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.

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No one ever believes that the Bible means what it says: They are always convinced that it says what they mean.

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Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.

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Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

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If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.

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Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

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The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

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

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Very few people can afford to be poor.

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

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Most people do not pray; they only beg.

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

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Youth is wasted on the young.

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The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

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When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

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It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

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The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

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The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.

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The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

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Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

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Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.

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

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There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

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Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.