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.


Life is too short for men to take it seriously.     

George Bernard Shaw

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.     

George Bernard Shaw

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.     

George Bernard Shaw

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequentlythe first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.     

George Bernard Shaw

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.     

George Bernard Shaw

The ultimate form of censorship is assassination.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.     

George Bernard Shaw

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges: the old ones, grub.     

George Bernard Shaw

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.     

George Bernard Shaw

The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.     

George Bernard Shaw

In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.     

George Bernard Shaw

A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.     

George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.     

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

Self denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve     

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.     

George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time.     

George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.     

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

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.     

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

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.     

George Bernard Shaw

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.     

George Bernard Shaw