George Bernard Shaw Quotes

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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George Bernard Shaw



Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw


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

George Bernard Shaw


I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

George Bernard Shaw


The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw


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

George Bernard Shaw


A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

George Bernard Shaw


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

George Bernard Shaw


Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.

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


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

George Bernard Shaw


Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.

George Bernard Shaw


Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

George Bernard Shaw


Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw


If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.

George Bernard Shaw