Quotes by: George Bernard Shaw
|George Bernard Shaw
Shaw in 1911, by Alvin Langdon Coburn
26 July 1856|
||2 November 1950
Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, UK
||Playwright, critic, political activist
Irish (dual nationality 1934–50)
||Nobel Prize in Literature
Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
||Charlotte Payne-Townshend (m. 1898–1943, her death)
Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.