George Bernard Shaw Quotes (143) Spiritual Sayings

===> George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Spiritual Quotations, Inspirational Affirmations and Motivational Sayings, Slogans from Awakening Intuition. A Collection of some of the best sayings offering words of wisdom to live by.

About the Author: George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable.

He was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles. For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name), respectively. See website for more info - http://www.online-literature.com/george_bernard_shaw/
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“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”
― George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

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“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Immaturity

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“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

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“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. 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, Mrs. Warren's Profession

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“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
— George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

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“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

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“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.”
― George Bernard Shaw, John Bull's Other Island

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“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Devil's Disciple

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“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it....”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“War does not decide who is right but who is left.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

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“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska the Bolshevik Empress

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“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

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“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma: A Tragedy

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“Whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, and wiser people are full of doubts”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic 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 of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the Lion

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“When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Alcohol is the anethesia by which we endure the operation of life.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

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“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“In heaven an angel is no one in particular.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it....”
― George Bernard Shaw, Music in London

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“Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“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. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

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“I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart

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“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Youth is wasted on the young.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

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“Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no thirdclass carriages, and one soul is as good as another.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Candida

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“The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation, because occupation means pre-occupation; and the pre-occupied person is neither happy nor unhappy, but simply alive and active. That is why it is necessary to happiness that one should be tired.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance

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“You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you have lost something.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

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“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. ”
― George Bernard Shaw, Overruled

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“That is the injustice of a woman's lot. A woman has to bring up her children; and that means to restrain them, to deny them things they want, to set them tasks, to punish them when they do wrong, to do all the unpleasant things. And then the father, who has nothing to do but pet them and spoil them, comes in when all her work is done and steals their affection from her.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“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

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“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

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“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time. ”
― George Bernard Shaw, The Irrational Knot

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“Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I do not know what I think until I write it.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
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“Shall I turn up the light for you?
No, give me deeper darkness. Money is not made in the light.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

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“There is always danger for those who are afraid.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Bear it like a man, even if you feel it like an ass. ”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

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“Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Get out of my way; for I won't stop for you.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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“Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

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“A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. ”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“We cut the throat of a calf and hang it up by the heels to bleed to death so that our veal cutlet may be white; we nail geese to a board and cram them with food because we like the taste of liver disease; we tear birds to pieces to decorate our women's hats; we mutilate domestic animals for no reason at all except to follow an instinctively cruel fashion; and we connive at the most abominable tortures in the hope of discovering some magical cure for our own diseases by them.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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“Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I have my own soul. My own spark of divine fire.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady

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“But to admire a strong person
and to live under that strong person’s thumb are
two different things.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence...on pain of liquidation”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Fanny's First Play

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“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity. ”
― George Bernard Shaw

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“A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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