George Bernard Shaw Quotes

July 26, 1856 - November 2, 1950

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish dramatist, a playwright, a socialist spokesman, a literary critic and a leading figure in the 20th century theater. He was born in Dublin. where he grew up in poverty. He educated himself by going to the library. Throughout his lifetime he had many causes which he believed in and supported, one such cause was woman's rights and equality of income. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He refused the money that went with the award, but did accepted the honour. Be inspired by his wise words.

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Life   |

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

Mistakes  |

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

Change   |

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.

George Bernard Shaw

Taking A Risk   |

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw

Age   |

When I was a young man I observed than nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work

George Bernard Shaw

Failure  |

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

George Bernard Shaw

Family   |

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.

George Bernard Shaw

Fear   |

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

George Bernard Shaw

Honesty   |

Life is not a "brief candle". It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

Future   |

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

George Bernard Shaw

Knowledge   |

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.

George Bernard Shaw

Joy   |

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

Positive   |

The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.

George Bernard Shaw

Genius   |

He who has never hoped can never despair.

George Bernard Shaw

Hope   |

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well dance with it.

George Bernard Shaw

Funny   |

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

George Bernard Shaw


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 canít find them, make them.

George Bernard Shaw

Determination   |

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

Imagination  |

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous

George Bernard Shaw

Peace  |

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

George Bernard Shaw

Happiness  |

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