George Bernard Shaw

"Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week."


Rating: 6.86 (Number of Voters: 7)

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


Rating: 6.43 (Number of Voters: 7)

"Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"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
George Bernard Shaw "Getting Married"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Imagination is the beginning of creation."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Live in contact with dreams and you will get something of their charm: live in contact with facts and you will get something of their brutality. I wish I could find a country to live in where the facts were not brutal and the dreams not real."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there."


Rating: 8.40 (Number of Voters: 10)

"Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Captain Brassbound's Conversion"

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There are two things necessary to Salvation.... Money and gunpowder."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Major Barbara"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Parentage is a very important profession; but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of children."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is not enough to know what is good: you must be able to do it."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The buried truth germinates and breaks through to the light."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "The Doctor's Dilemma"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Freedom, my good girl, means being able to count on how other people will behave."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Misalliance"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Parents and Children"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Heartbreak House"

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If marriages were made by putting all the men's names into one sack and the women's names into another, and having them taken out by a blindfolded child like lottery numbers, there would be just as high a percentage of happy marriages as we have here in England."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Misalliance"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Collected Letters"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I am a free citizen."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Arms and the Man"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Everybody who does not live in a prostitute's bed and on a diet of cocaine snow is called an ascetic nowadays."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Religion is a great force: the only real motive force in the world; but what you fellows don't understand is that you must get at a man through his own religion and not through yours."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Getting Married"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Misalliance"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. You are always at the crisis: I am always in the convalescent stage."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A mere fact will never stop an Englishman."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"[...] any fool can make a discovery. Every baby has to discover more in the first years of its life than Roger Bacon ever discovered in his laboratory."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "The Apple Cart"

Rating: 2.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Fanny's First Play"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "An Unsocial Socialist"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency, and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Caesar and Cleopatra"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."


Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)