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George Bernard Shaw Quotes


Irish playwright. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
(1856 - 1950)

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[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.
 

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
 

A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman.
[One Day]
 

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
 

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
[Art]
 

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

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
[Funny]
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A great devotee of the gospel of getting on.
[Progress]
 

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
 

A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.
 

A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.
[Learning]
 

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
 

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
 

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
[Never]
 

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
 

A man who has no office to go, to I don't care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.
 

A man's own self is the last person to believe in him, and is harder to cheat than the rest of the world.
 

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
[Idleness]
 

A pessimist? A man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
[Pessimism]
 

A soldier is an anachronism of which we must get rid.
[Soldier]
 


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