Inspirational Quotes : George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Quotes : George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Quotes : George Bernard Shaw

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Hello ! My dear readers, viewers, friends & students all over the world ! George Bernard Shaw was a very eminent English litterateur. He received Nobel Prize on literature. Read the valuable thoughts or quotes coming out of the thoughtful brain of George Bernard Shaw and try to apply those (which you think acceptable, some may not be agreeable to you) to make your life positive.

Inspirational or Motivational Quotes : George Bernard Shaw


  • A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
  • Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
  • The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.
  • A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
  • Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!
  • Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
  • A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
  • You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?
  • We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
  • Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  • 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.
  • People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
  • He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
  • Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
  • The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
  • You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
  • If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
  • Whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, and wiser people are full of doubts.
  • War does not decide who is right, but who is left.
  • Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it.
  • When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
  • Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
  • When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
  • Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
  • Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
  • You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.
  • I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.
  • England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
  • An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
  • A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
  • Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English
  • Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
  • Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
  • Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
  • Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
  • Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
  • A woman seeking a husband is the most unscrupulous of all the beasts of prey.
  • It is a woman’s business to get married as soon as possible, and a man’s to keep unmarried as long as he can.
  • The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
  • Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
  • 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.
  • I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that ‘honesty is the best policy’.
  • The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
  • The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
  • Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
  • Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
  • Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
  • I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
  • The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
  • There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
  • Most people do not pray; they only beg.
  • Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
  • I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
  • There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
  • Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
  • Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
  • The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
  • Lack of money is the root of all evil.
  • When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn’t got any.
  • Better never than late.
  • My reputation grows with every failure.
  • There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.
  • Old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
  • Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
  • Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
  • No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
  • The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
  • Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
  • It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
  • The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.
  • I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
  • Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.
  • If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
  • If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
  • Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
  • It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
  • First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
  • The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
  • A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
  • When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
  • Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.
  • I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.
  • The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.
  • The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
  • My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.
  • Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
  • Oh, the tiger will love you.There is no love sincere than the love of food.
  • Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.
  • Make it a rule : never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
  • We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
  • The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.
  • You can not learn to skate without making yourself ridiculous. The ice of life is slippery.
  • Two percent of the people think, three percent of the people think they think, and ninety five percent of the people would rather die than think.
  • If you teach a man anything, he will never learn.
  • We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
  • You can not be a hero without being a coward.


A translation of the above quotes by George Bernard Shaw in Hindi ( the national language of India), is also available by  clicking here  for the convenience of the readers of Indian subcontinent & Hindi-knowing Indian diaspora around the world.


So, Dear readers, viewers, friends, students ! Aren’t these nice quotes related to practical life ? However, some of you may not agree with some quotes, as I also do the same. However, many man many minds, many opinions ! Do comment to me. Share among your friends through Facebook & other social media.

Thanks a lot for reading !

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