George Bernard Shaw Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 The Philanderer, 1893
1. The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
#2 Back to Methuselah, 1921
2. Love is a simple thing and a deep thing: it is an act of life and not an illusion. Art is an illusion.
3. First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Anglo-Irish playwright, critic, and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture, and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1903), Pygmalion (1913), and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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 The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, ed. Robert Andrews, Columbia University Press, p. 42
2. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
#3 Plays Political: The Apple Cart, On the Rocks, Geneva
3. I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
#4 The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, Chapter 8, 1928
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 Man and Superman, Maxims: Liberty and Equality, 1903
7. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
#8-11 Man and Superman, Maxims for Revolutionists, 1903
8. Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
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 Pygmalion (1912)
12. 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.
13. You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it. Better keep yourself clean and bright: you are the window through which you must see the world.
#14-15 The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, 1928
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. The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
#16 The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw: Plays, Novels, Articles
16. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
#17 Candida, Act I, 1898
17. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing 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.
#21-22 Man and Superman (1903)
21. There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
22. There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
#23 Man and Superman, 1903, p. 37
23. 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.
#24 “Bernard Shaw and the BBC“
24. I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly tell our children that honesty is the best policy.
#25 Man and Superman, 1903, Maxims for Revolutionists, Education
25. A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
#26 Maxims for Revolutionists, 1903
26. The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
Unsourced George Bernard Shaw Quotes
1. Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
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. A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
4. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
5. We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
6. 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.