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George Bernard Shaw Quotes

(1856-1950), Irish-born British Dramatist

Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.

Category: Equality

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.

Category: Evil

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.

Category: Exaggeration

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.

Category: Example

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

Category: Experience

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!

Category: Experience

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.

Category: Experience

No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.

Category: Experts

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.

Category: Faith

He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.

Category: Family

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.

Category: Family

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.

Category: Fashion

My father must have had some elementary education for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately

Category: Fathers

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

Category: Fellowship

That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.

Category: Fights And Fighting