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George Bernard Shaw Quotes

(1856-1950), Irish-born British Dramatist

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

Category: Death And Dying

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing --a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.

Category: Death And Dying

I want to be all used up when I die.

Category: Death And Dying

The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

Category: Debt

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Category: Democracy

I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them ''You are supreme: exercise your power.'' They say, ''That's right: tell us what to do;'' and I tell them. I say ''Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me.'' And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.

Category: Democracy

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.

Category: Desire

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

Category: Dissatisfaction

Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.

Category: Doctors

The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.

Category: Doctors

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

Category: Duty

If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.

Category: Economy And Economics

What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.

Category: Education

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.

Category: Elections

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.

Category: Elections