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

George Bernard Shaw

The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.     

George Bernard Shaw

Those who do not know how to live must make a merit of dying.     

George Bernard Shaw

No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.     

George Bernard Shaw

Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning.     

George Bernard Shaw

Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.     

George Bernard Shaw

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men     

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

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

The righteous man takes his life in his hand whenever he utters the truth.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.     

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

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.     

George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.     

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

Taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.     

George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.     

George Bernard Shaw

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. 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

Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.     

George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.     

George Bernard Shaw

Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.     

George Bernard Shaw

The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor.     

George Bernard Shaw

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.     

George Bernard Shaw

The capacity of any conqueror is more likely than not to be an illusion produced by the incapacity of his adversary.     

George Bernard Shaw

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?.     

George Bernard Shaw

A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.     

George Bernard Shaw

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.     

George Bernard Shaw