George Bernard Shaw Quotations

-This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. 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.

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

-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 see things and say, Why? But I dream things that never were and I say, Why not?

-BROADBENT [with conviction]. …I find the world quite good enough for me: rather a jolly place, in fact.
KEEGAN [looking at him with quiet wonder]. You are satisfied?
BROADBENT. As a reasonable man, yes. I see no evils in the world–except, of course, natural evils–that cannot be remedied by freedom, self-government, and English institutions. I think so, not because I am an Englishman, but as a matter of common sense.
KEEGAN. You feel at home in the world, then?
BROADBENT. Of course. Don’t you?
KEEGAN [from the very depths of his nature]. No.

-Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

-The reasonable person adapts to the world around; the unreasonable person expects the world to adapt to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable people.

-You must clear your mind of the fancy with which we all begin as children, that the institutions under which we live are natural, like the weather. They are not. Because they exist everywhere in our little world, we take it for granted that they have always existed and must always exist. That is a dangerous mistake. They are in fact transient makeshifts. Changes that nobody ever believed possible take place in a few generations. Children nowadays believe that to spend nine years at school, to have old-age and widows pensions, votes for women and short-skirted ladies in Parliament is part of the order of nature and always was and ever will be; but their great-grandmothers would have said that anyone who told them that such things were coming was mad – and that anyone who wanted them to come was wicked.

-Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

-Has fear ever held a man back from what he really wanted or a woman either?

-A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

-Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

-My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

-The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.

-All great truths begin as blasphemies.

-Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

-Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.

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

-A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

-A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.

-The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw