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The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Philanderer

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Answers to Nine Questions

God is on the side of the big battalions.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Saint Joan

For liver the only place is Vichy, where you drink the water straight out of the ground in yellow glasses before it has time to lose its radioactivity or whatever else its secret may be. The bottled water is quite useless.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, letter to Siegfried Trebitsch, Aug. 30, 1938

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Doctor's Dilemma

You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, The Irrational Knot

Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

A man's interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Heartbreak House

When will we realize that the fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, A Treatise on Parents and Children

No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, "The Living Pictures," Saturday Review, Apr. 6, 1895

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Everybody's Political What's What

Man can climb to the highest summits; but he cannot dwell there long.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Candida

Nature holds no brief for the human experiment: it must stand or fall by its results. If Man will not serve, Nature will try another experiment.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Back to Methuselah

The domestic career is no more natural to all women than the military career is natural to all men.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

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, Back to Methuselah

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

All government is cruel; for nothing is so cruel as impunity.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, On the Rocks

Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Androcles and the Lion

Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Doctor's Dilemma

Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Pygmalion

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.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

I began as a passion and have ended as a habit, like all husbands.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles

What is life but a series of inspired follies?

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Pygmalion

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Killing For Sport

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Apple Cart

The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Philanderer

The first prison I ever saw had inscribed on it CEASE TO DO EVIL: LEARN TO DO WELL; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, English Prisons Under Local Government (Webb)

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

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, John Bull's Other Island

My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Major Barbara

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Misalliance

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which habitually acts.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

The epithet beautiful is used by surgeons to describe operations which their patients describe as ghastly, by physicists to describe methods of measurement which leave sentimentalists cold, by lawyers to describe cases which ruin all the parties to them, and by lovers to describe the objects of their infatuation, however unattractive they may appear to the unaffected spectators.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw: A Correspondence

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Androcles and the Lion

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

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who 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, make them.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Mrs. Warren's Profession

The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Fanny's First Play

Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Getting Married

Scratch an Englishman and find a Protestant.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Saint Joan

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Caesar and Cleopatra

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