|More Quotes by George Bernard Shaw
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."
"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."
-- Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893
"Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness."
"There are two tragedies in life: one is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
"Manners are more important than laws and upon them, to a great deal, the law depends...."
"England and America are two countries divided by a common language."
"Marriage: When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part."
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place"
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul."
"Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool."
"Assassination is the extreme form of censorship."
-"The Rejected Statement -- Part I," The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet, 1911
"Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
"Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it."
"He's a man of great common sense and good taste meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage."
"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. "
"I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."
|"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."
"If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion."
"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."
"It is most unwise for people in love to marry."
"Lack of money is the root of all evil."
"Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability."
"Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability."
"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it."
"Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous."
"Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad."
"She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech."
"There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it."
"You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" "
"Virtue is insufficient temptation."
"We've already established what you are, ma'am. Now we're just haggling over the price."