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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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I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.

Fighting Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Woman's happiness begins with her first love and ends about then

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

Government Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

Imagination Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes

Judgement Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

Liberty Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Orchestras only need to be sworn at, and a German is consequently at an advantage with them, as English profanity, except in America, has not gone beyond a limited technology of perdition.

Orchestras Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

People Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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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

People 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?'

Potential Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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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.

Progress Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means

Religion Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

Rules Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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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

Sin Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing

Understanding Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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

Youth Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw

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The statesman cannot govern without stability of belief, true or false.

Statesmanship Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Everybody's Political What's What

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

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

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Alcohol is a very necessary article . . . . It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.

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

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Gin was mother's milk to her.

Liquor Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Pygmalion

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A man who has no office to go to--I don't care who he is--is a trial of which you can have no conception.

Work Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: The Irrational Knot (ch. XVIII)

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I am giving you examples of the fact that this creature man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero. . . . I tell you, gentlemen, if you can shew a man a piece of what he now calls God's work to do, and what he will later call by many new names, you can make him entirely reckless of the consequences to himself personally.

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

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A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose, and due leisure, whether he be a painter or ploughman.

Work Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Unsocial Socialist (ch. V)

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All professions are conspiracies against the laity.

Occupations Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: The Doctor's Dilemma

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