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George Bernard Shaw Quotes

(1856-1950), Irish-born British Dramatist

In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.

Category: Battles

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

Category: Beauty

In your Salvation shelter I saw poverty, misery, cold and hunger. You gave them bread and treacle and dreams of heaven. I give from thirty shillings a week to twelve thousand a year. They find their own dreams; but I look after the drainage.

Category: Benefactors

Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple. Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.

Category: Bereavement

You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.

Category: Bigotry

How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?

Category: Books And Reading

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.

Category: Censorship

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

Category: Change

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Category: Change

The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.

Category: Christians And Christianity

We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?

Category: Churches

What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say ''I know'' instead of ''I am learning,'' and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.

Category: Churches

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.

Category: Circumstance

Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.

Category: Cleverness

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

Category: Consequences