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

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism: Your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you
were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw

Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he
shouldn't!
George Bernard Shaw

My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one,
every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

He who has never hoped can never despair.
George Bernard Shaw

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every
soul of us on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very
clever when they are only wasting their time.
George Bernard Shaw

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

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.
George Bernard Shaw

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw

I don't believe in circumstance; the people that get on in this world are the people who get up
and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them.
George Bernard Shaw

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
George Bernard Shaw

Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
George Bernard Shaw

When a man says money can do anything that settles it: he hasn't got any. When a man
wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport, when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
George Bernard Shaw

It is not pleasure that makes life worth living. It is life that makes pleasure worth having.
George Bernard Shaw

Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is
called the Dark Ages.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will
eat, but you will not live.
George Bernard Shaw

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

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
George Bernard Shaw

Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says
what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that
honesty is the best policy.
George Bernard Shaw

Violence is the repartee of the illiterate.
George Bernard Shaw

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

I'm sorry this letter is so long, I didn't have time to make it shorter.
George Bernard Shaw

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you
imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things; you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for a living
at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

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