George Bernard Shaw Quotes

In this post, we are going to see George Bernard Shaw quotes. He was an Irish playwright, critic and political activist. He has considerable influence in Western culture and politics.

Apart from this, he had a great contribution in bringing a revolution in comedy-drama.

He was a prominent playwright of his time. He has also received the Nobel Prize in literature. So let’s know a little more about George Shaw.

Who Is George Bernard Shaw?

George Bernard Shaw was born on 26 July 1856 in the Portobello area of South Center City, Ireland.

His father was an alcoholic. So they were not very successful in earning money. Because of this, George faced a lot of poverty. 

Apart from this, he did not get much affection from his mother. Due to this, he was deeply hurt.

George Bernard Shaw in 1894
George Bernard Shaw in 1894

George’s father was a conductor and singing teacher. So that he got a good knowledge of music since childhood. Apart from this, he used to read a lot of books too. Because of this, he had a great interest in music and literature.

He studied in about four schools. But he hated formal school education. He looked like a school prison and turnkey.

Because of this, he soon left school. He was to become a junior clerk for which he worked hard. And soon he became a cashier. After that, he changed his name from George Shaw to George Bernard Shaw.

A few years later, George Bernard’s father left Dublin and moved to London and never returned. And his mother was settled by someone else. In this way, their united family came to an end.

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After this, Shaw learned to play the piano along with his work. And devoted himself to music.

A few years later Bernard Shaw also moved to London. Where he underwent rigorous self-education to become a writer and novelist. And only in 3 years, he became a prestigious theater and music critic.

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After this, he decided to go into politics. So he joined the serialist Fabian Society and became its chief pamphleteer.

In 1894 he wrote a play Arms and the Man. Which got a lot of public success. After this, he wrote many Surrey plays. Because of which he became a popular dramatist of the twentieth century.

George Bernard Shaw in 1911
George Bernard Shaw in 1911

In 1938 he wrote a screenplay on top of the Pygmalion. Because of which he received the Academy Award. He continued to write till the last time of his life. He died in 1950 at the age of 94.

After his death, he received the State Honor Order of Merit.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes :

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When you find something fun, be careful about the truth behind it.

Never give a child a book that you have not read. – George Bernard Shaw

All progress depends mostly on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw


Animals are our friends… and therefore we should not eat our friends. – George Bernard Shaw

Whatever great truths are first condemned. – George Bernard Shaw

I always dream of things I really don’t have. – George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is the beginning of new creativity. – George Bernard Shaw

A man who is talented but not a man of honor. This is the saddest thing. – George Bernard Shaw

Without art, this world will become rude and unbearable. – George Bernard Shaw

As long as we have some desire then we have a reason to live. – George Bernard Shaw

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw

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If someone tells me that dream thing never comes true; So I would say ‘why can’t it be?

Most people always blame their circumstances. – George Bernard Shaw

I know to make fun in the same way. And that is by telling the truth. – George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the most perfect expression of satire. – George Bernard Shaw

The wrong road also always comes from somewhere. – George Bernard Shaw

The greatest satisfaction in the world comes from death. – George Bernard Shaw

Independence is a condemnation of the middle class. – George Bernard Shaw

There is always danger on those who are afraid. – George Bernard Shaw

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A man who has brains can beat ten men who have fewer brains. – George Bernard Shaw

The richest man can buy nothing but ugliness and displeasure. – George Bernard Shaw

Men can be intelligent from their own experience. – George Bernard Shaw

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The one who is a reasonable man molds himself in front of the world.

It is dangerous to live honestly in today’s time. – George Bernard Shaw


We do not have the right to consume happiness without production. – George Bernard Shaw

We all depend on each other, no one can live alone. – George Bernard Shaw

If you are lethargic then this is your weak side. – George Bernard Shaw

Hatred is a coward’s weapon of revenge. – George Bernard Shaw

Be patient when you have nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

Fashion is like an inspired epidemic. – George Bernard Shaw

We can get anyone to listen to us through entertainment. – George Bernard Shaw

Of all the qualities, silence is the best. – George Bernard Shaw

Only if you are stupid, you can live honestly. – George Bernard Shaw

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. – George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called a cynic. – George Bernard Shaw

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If you want to tell people the truth, then tell them that they should laugh.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Communication :

The biggest problem in communication is that we always have the illusion that it has happened. – George Bernard Shaw

 George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Life :

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Life is not in finding oneself but in making oneself.

Work courageously to get what you like. – George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule of living life is not to obey the golden rule. – George Bernard Shaw

We are responsible not for our past, but for our future. – George Bernard Shaw

Never miss a good opportunity because it does not come every day. – George Bernard Shaw

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up. – George Bernard Shaw

The loneliness of God has become his strength. – George Bernard Shaw

If you want to get better, then keep yourself clean and bright. – George Bernard Shaw

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If we are recognized as a powerful person then it will become the truest joy of life. – George Bernard Shaw

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The joy of happiness is a cheap pleasure but dangerous.

The person who lives for himself is the happiest man in the world. – George Bernard Shaw

You do what you imagine. – George Bernard Shaw

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is more honorable than a life of doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

Success comes from making mistakes, but not from making the same mistake a second time. – George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change. – George Bernard Shaw

We should only do work that will make you happy. – George Bernard Shaw

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Life is not meant to be easy, but to take courage.

 George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Love :

Love with food is the most sincere love. – George Bernard Shaw

When there is first love, it takes a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. – George Bernard Shaw

What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. – George Bernard Shaw

 George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Teacher :

I am not a teacher: only a fellow traveler. With whom you have asked the way. – George Bernard Shaw

 George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Democracy :

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Both optimists and pessimists have equal contribution to society.

Liberty means responsibility. This is why most men are afraid of it. – George Bernard Shaw

We should never waste our time on social questions. – George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a tool that tells us whether we deserve to govern or not. – George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is one who gives more than he takes from the world. – George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt men. But foolish people corrupt the power. – George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Politics :

He knows nothing in politics who thinks he knows everything. – George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Education :

Imitation is the most honest form of flattery. – George Bernard Shaw


We should beware of false knowledge because it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw

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A learned person is a foolish person who wastes time by studying. – George Bernard Shaw

Only in books is mankind known as absolute truth, love and beauty. – George Bernard Shaw

Final Words :

George Bernard Shaw was a great playwright and critic. He had achieved this great accomplishment through a lot of struggle. However, his views mostly aroused controversy.

But even today their influence is seen on English-language playwrights. And also, one English language word that expresses his thoughts is Shavian.

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