George Bernard Shaw Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old George Bernard Shaw quotes, George Bernard Shaw sayings, and George Bernard Shaw proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

George Bernard Shaw

A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.

George Bernard Shaw

The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Never waste jealousy on a real man:_ it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.      

George Bernard Shaw

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.      

George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything

George Bernard Shaw

If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.     

George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the 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.     

George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

George Bernard Shaw

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.     

George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.     

George Bernard Shaw

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.     

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.     

George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.     

George Bernard Shaw

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

George Bernard Shaw

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.

George Bernard Shaw

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.     

George Bernard Shaw

That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.     

George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.     

George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Woman's happiness begins with her first love and ends about then     

George Bernard Shaw