Quotations by George Bernard Shaw
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.
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.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
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.
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.
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.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
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.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
No one ever believes that the Bible means what it says: They are always convinced that it says what they mean.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.