George Bernard Shaw
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

An Englishman always does everything on principle: he fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.

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

- George Bernard Shaw

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

- George Bernard Shaw

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- George Bernard Shaw

Morality consists in suspecting other people of not being legally married.

- George Bernard Shaw

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.

- George Bernard Shaw

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

- George Bernard Shaw

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What is virtue but the trades unionism of the married?

- George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity, no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- George Bernard Shaw

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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny, they have only shifted it to another shoulder.

- George Bernard Shaw

When we want to read of the deeds that are done for love, whither do we turn? To the murder column.

- George Bernard Shaw

The fickleness of the women whom I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

- George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility, that is why most men dread it.

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- George Bernard Shaw

The ideal love affair is conducted by post.

- George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is a very necessary article ... it enables parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.

- George Bernard Shaw

Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.

- George Bernard Shaw

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous about ability.

- George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

- George Bernard Shaw

You don't learn to hold your own in this world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.

- George Bernard Shaw

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To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.

- George Bernard Shaw