George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard
Shaw
1856
1950

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist

Author Quotes

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.

What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?

What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.

This creative man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero.

To understand a saint, you must hear the devil's advocate; and the same is true of the artist.

Walk! Not bloody likely.

We must face the fact that society is founded on intolerance... We may prate of toleration as we will; but society must always draw a line somewhere between allowable conduct and insanity or crime, in spite of the risk of mistaking sages for lunatics and saviors for blasphemers. We must persecute, even to the death; and all we can do to mitigate the danger of persecution is, first, to be very careful what we persecute, and second, to bear in mind that unless there is a large liberty to shock conventional people, and a well-informed sense of the value of originality, individuality, and eccentricity, the result will be apparent stagnation covering a repression of evolutionary forces which will eventually explode with extravagant and probably destructive violence.

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

What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.

This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod 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 whole 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 hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

To withhold deserved praise lest it should make it's object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.

War does not decide who is right but who is left.

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Norman Douglas| The writer who aims at producing the platitudes which are ''not for an age, but for all time'', has his reward in being unreadable in all ages

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

Those who can do, those who can't teach.

Treat a friend as a person who may someday become your enemy; an enemy as a person who may someday become your friend.

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.

What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability.

What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Treat persons who profess to be able to cure disease as you treat fortune tellers.

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.

We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.

Author Picture
First Name
George Bernard
Last Name
Shaw
Birth Date
1856
Death Date
1950
Bio

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist