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.


Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

A married man is a man with a past, while a bachelor is a man with a future.     

George Bernard Shaw

Never forget that if you leave your law to judges and your religion to bishops, you will presently find yourself without either law or religion.     

George Bernard Shaw

We are all victims of the violence that animals suffer... their liberation is also our liberation.     

George Bernard Shaw

This planet is obviously being used as an insane asylum by other planets.     

George Bernard Shaw

Hell is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.     

George Bernard Shaw

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.     

George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.      

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

A tranquil woman can go on sewing longer than an angry man can go on fuming.     

George Bernard Shaw

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.     

George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.     

George Bernard Shaw

The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.     

George Bernard Shaw

God help England if she had no Scots to think for her.      

George Bernard Shaw

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.     

George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?     

George Bernard Shaw

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer a woman.     

George Bernard Shaw

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.     

George Bernard Shaw

We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now.     

George Bernard Shaw

Only fools repeat the same things over and over, expecting to obtain different results.     

George Bernard Shaw

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.     

George Bernard Shaw

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.      

George Bernard Shaw

Our political experiment of democracy, the last refuge of cheap misgovernment.     

George Bernard Shaw

If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.     

George Bernard Shaw

Fine art is the only teacher except torture.      

George Bernard Shaw

Fine art is the subtlest, the most seductive, the most effective instrument of moral propaganda in the world, excepting only the example of personal conduct; and I waive even this exception in favor of the art of the stage, because it works by exhibiting examples of personal conduct made intelligible and moving to crowds of unobservant unreflecting people to whom real life means nothing.     

George Bernard Shaw

Every step of progress means a duty repudiated, and a scripture torn up.     

George Bernard Shaw