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George Bernard Shaw Quotes

You see things; and you say, ‘Why’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’.
Back to Methuselah, Part 1, Act 1, George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Maxims for Revolutionists, George Bernard Shaw

Do not try to live for ever. You will not succeed.
The Doctor’s Dilemma, Preface on Doctors, George Bernard Shaw

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw

But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
Man and Superman, Act 1, George Bernard Shaw

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Candida, Act 1, George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
George Bernard Shaw

I will never marry a man I love too much. It would give him a terrible advantage over me.
The Philanderer, Act 2, George Bernard Shaw

Youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Maxims for Revolutionists, George Bernard Shaw

Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
Getting Married, Preface, George Bernard Shaw

The ideal love affair is one conducted by post.
George Bernard Shaw

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty … our first duty – a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed – is not to be poor.
Major Barbara, Preface, George Bernard Shaw

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

Money is indeed the most important thing in the world; and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.
The Irrational Knot, Preface, George Bernard Shaw

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Man and Superman, Act 1, George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
Maxims for Revolutionists, George Bernard Shaw

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t.
The Apple Cart, Act 1, George Bernard Shaw