Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Bernard Shaw Quotes on Life

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

The fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

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.

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

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

Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

George Bernard Shaw

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

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.

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

GB Shaw

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

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

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

Silence is the perfect expression of scorn.

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.

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

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

The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.

The secret of success is to offend the greatest number of people.

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.

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

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange apples, we both still only have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange ideas, we each now have two ideas.

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

G B Shaw on Women
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

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

I don't want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady.

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, Irish playwright and critic