George Bernard Shaw Quotes

July 26, 1856 - November 2, 1950
George Bernard Shaw

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
Quotes about Life   |



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
Words of Encouragement   |



Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw
Inspirational Quotes  |



The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw
Communication   |



Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Book   |



I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
George Bernard Shaw
Death   |



A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.
George Bernard Shaw
Miracle   |



Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.
George Bernard Shaw
Quotes about Being Happy   |



Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
George Bernard Shaw
Patience   |



If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.
George Bernard Shaw
Decision   |



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



I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw
Quotations   |



What man really wishes to do he will find a means of doing.
George Bernard Shaw
Wish   |



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



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



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
Friend   |



Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
George Bernard Shaw
Optimistic   |



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
Persistence   |



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



Why is it that the people who know how to enjoy themselves never have any money and the people who have money never know how to enjoy themselves?
George Bernard Shaw
Wealth   |



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   |



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
Quote of the Day  |



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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