George Bernard Shaw Love Quotes and Sayings
2. I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
3. First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
4. Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
5. Love is a simple thing and a deep thing: it is an act of life and not an illusion. Art is an illusion. (Back to Methuselah, 1921)
Excerpt from Wikipedia: George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. 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. Nearly all his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care and class privilege, and found them all defective.
He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion, respectively. Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife’s behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.
Sayings by George Bernard Shaw
#1 The Doctor’s Dilemma (1911)
1. Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
2. 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.
3. I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
4. Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
#5 Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1893)
5. People are always blaming 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. (Vivie, Act II)
#6 The Devil’s Disciple, Act II (1901)
6. The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
7. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
8. Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
#9, #10, #11 Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
9. Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
10. When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater.
11. 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.
12. A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
13. Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
14. If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.
15. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
16. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
17. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
#18-20 Back to Methuselah (1921)
18. I hear you say “Why?” Always “Why?” You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
19. Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
20. Life is not meant to be easy, my child but take courage: it can be delightful.
21. The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
22. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
23. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
24. We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
25. A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
26. When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
27. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange 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.
28. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible.
29. Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends.
30. Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
#31 “Bernard Shaw and the BBC“
31. I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly tell our children that honesty is the best policy.
#32, #33 Man and Superman (1903)
32. There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
33. There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
#34 Pygmalion (1912)
34. What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.
35. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.