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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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The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.

Fashion Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Three Plays for Puritans (preface)

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Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Fashion Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Three Plays for Puritans (preface)

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What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

Flattery Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: John Bull's Other Island

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There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.

Desire Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Man and Superman (act IV)

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

Duty Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Caesar and Cleopatra

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The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.

Morality Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Fanny's First Play (preface)

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An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

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

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Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.

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

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

World peace Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: O'Flaherty, V.C.

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The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

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

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

Stupidity Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Caesar and Cleopatra

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Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentlemen.

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

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Eternal is the fact that the human creature born in Ireland and brought up in its air is Irish. I have lived for twenty years in Ireland and for seventy-two in England; but the twenty came first and in Britain I am still a foreigner and shall die one.

Ireland Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: quoted in "Ireland in Mind", Alice Leccese Powers, ed. (2000)

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An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination.

Ireland Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: John Bull's Other Island

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There is at bottom only one genuinely scientific treatment for all diseases, and that is to stimulate the phagocytes.

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

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I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.

Sickness Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Back to Methuselah

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Revolutionary moments attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.

Revolution Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Androcles and the Lion

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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 , Source: Man and Superman--"The Revolutionist's Handbook"

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Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.

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

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There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

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

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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.

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

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We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.

Shame Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: Man and Superman (act I)

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The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

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

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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.

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

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My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.

Humor Quotes, by George Bernard Shaw , Source: John Bull's Other Island (act II)

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