George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard
Shaw
1856
1950

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist

Author Quotes

The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.

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

The utmost I can bear for myself in my best days is that I was one of the hundred best playwrights in the world, which is hardly a supreme distinction.

There are some men who are considered quite ugly, but who are more remarkable than pretty people. You often see that in artists.

There is the eternal war between those who are in the world for what they can get out of it and those who are in the world to make it a better place for everybody to live in.

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her.

The real Brahms is nothing more than a sentimental voluptuary…. rather tiresomely addicted to dressing himself up as Handel or Beethoven and making a prolonged and intolerable noise.

The stock actor is a stage calamity.

The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.

There are two kinds of scholars: the specialists who know everything about nothing, and philosophers, who know nothing about it.

There is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. To begin with, it is a prison. But in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for instance, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor. . . .In the prison you are not forced to sit listening to turnkeys discoursing without charm or interest on subjects that they don't understand and don't care about, and therefore incapable of making you understand or care about. In a prison they may torture your body; but they do not torture your brains.

The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd.

The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some.

The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.

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

There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst.

The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.

The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.

The reason why the continental European is, to the Englishman or American, so surprisingly ignorant of the Bible, is that the authorized English version is a great work of literary art, and the continental versions are comparatively artless.

The technical history of modern harmony is a history of growth of toleration by the human ear of chords that at first sounded discordant and senseless to the main body of contemporary professional musicians.

The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women.

There have been summits of civilization at which heretics like Socrates, who was killed because he was wiser than his neighbors, have not been tortured, but ordered to kill themselves in the most painless manner known to their judges. But from that summit there was a speedy relapse into our present savagery.

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

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist