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227 Famous Quotes by George Bernard Shaw
7/26/1856 - 11/2/1950
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Bernard George     George B Shaw     GBS
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Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners were left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You can't have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock him in? If he is not, why pretend that he is?

Marriage Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Man and Superman

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The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.

Philosophy Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Man and Superman (act III)

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Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.

Shipwreck Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Heartbreak House (at III)

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My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarf's in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.

Death Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

Age Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Life Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

Revenge Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

Lying Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.

Population Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.

Revolution Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Taste: a quality possessed by persons without originality or moral courage.

Taste Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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

Vision Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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

Dreams Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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

Action Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

Assassination Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

Death and dying Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.

Generations Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

Genius Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.

Glory Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

Inspirational Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

Knowledge Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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My reputation grows with every failure.

Reputation Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

Murder Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: The Showing-Up of Blanco Posnet

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I can't talk religion to a man with bodily hunger in his eyes.

Hunger Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Major Barbara

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What God hath joined together no man shall put asunder; God will take care of that.

Marriage Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Getting Married

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