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.


A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.     

George Bernard Shaw

Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.     

George Bernard Shaw

Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of the organized life.     

George Bernard Shaw

Decency cannot be discussed without indecency!     

George Bernard Shaw

Decency is indecency's conspiracy of silence.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.     

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

To endure the pain of living, we all drug ourselves more or less with gin, with literature, with superstitions, with romance, with idealism, political, sentimental, and moral, with every possible preparation of that universal hashish: imagination.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

As to spelling the very frequent word though with six letters instead of two, it is impossible to discuss it, as it is outside the range of common sanity. In comparison such a monstrosity as phlegm for flem is merely disgusting.      

George Bernard Shaw

Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.     

George Bernard Shaw

Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.     

George Bernard Shaw

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.     

George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.     

George Bernard Shaw

Women are called womanly only when they regard themselves as existing solely for the use of men.     

George Bernard Shaw

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.     

George Bernard Shaw

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.     

George Bernard Shaw

Martyrdom... is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.     

George Bernard Shaw

To the person with a toothache, even if the world is tottering, there is nothing more important than a visit to a dentist.     

George Bernard Shaw

The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs.     

George Bernard Shaw

The conversion of a savage to Christianity is the conversion of Christianity to savagery.     

George Bernard Shaw

Indifference is the essence of inhumanity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.     

George Bernard Shaw

It's easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.     

George Bernard Shaw

The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.     

George Bernard Shaw

You cannot learn to skate without making yourself ridiculous - the ice of life is slippery.     

George Bernard Shaw