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George Bernard Shaw Wall Quotes

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George Bernard Shaw Wall Quotes

George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856. He was an Irish Playright and the Co-founder of the London School of Economics.

-He came from humble beginnings; his father was an unsuccessful grain merchant his mom was a professional singer.

-He was an ardent supporter and defender of the working class and equal rights for men and women.

One of his many achievements include being the only person to ever receive a Nobel Prize (in Literature in 1925) as well as an Oscar in 1938 for the film Pygmalion.

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More Quotes by George Bernard Shaw:

  • The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.
  • The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don’t want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve.
  • There are some men who are considered quite ugly, but who are more remarkable than pretty people. You often see that in artists.
  • All very fine, Mary; but my old-fashioned common sense is better than your clever modern nonsense.
  • Perhaps woman’s art is of woman’s life a thing apart, ’tis man’s whole existence; just as love is said to be the reverse — though it isn’t.
  • I hate singers, a miserable crew who think that music exists only in their own throats.
  • A man’s own self is the last person to believe in him, and is harder to cheat than the rest of the world.
  • Composers are not human; They can live on diminished sevenths, and be contented with a pianoforte for a wife, and a string quartet for a family.
  • Geniuses are horrid, intolerant, easily offended, sleeplessly self-conscious men, who expect their wives to be angels with no further business in life than to pet and worship their husbands. Even at the best they are not comfortable men to live with; and a perfect husband is one who is perfectly comfortable to live with.
  • Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.
  • Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
  • He who confuses political liberty with freedom and political equality with similarity has never thought for five minutes about either
  • The duke inquires contemptuously whether his gamekeeper is the equal of the Astronomer Royal; but he insists that they shall both be hanged equally if they murder him
  • Where equality is undisputed, so also is subordination
  • A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry
  • Every fool believes what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulity science or morality as confidently as his father called it divine revelation
  • No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot
  • When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater
  • There are no perfectly honorable men; but every true man has one main point of honor and a few minor ones
  • Beware of the man whose god is in the skies
  • Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty
  • Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices
  • In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god: everybody worships him and nobody does his will
  • Happiness and Beauty are by-products
  • Riches and Art are spurious receipts for the production of Happiness and Beauty
  • He who desires a lifetime of happiness with a beautiful woman desires to enjoy the taste of wine by keeping his mouth always full of it
  • The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man
  • The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes
  • In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness
  • No elaboration of physical or moral accomplishment can atone for the sin of parasitism
  • 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
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