1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
George Bernard Shaw – [Education]
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw – [Teachers and Teaching]
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 – [Hunting]
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw – [Duty]
When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw – [Work, Hard]
When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.
George Bernard Shaw – [Villains]
When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.
George Bernard Shaw – [Family]
When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.
George Bernard Shaw – [Song and Singing]
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.
George Bernard Shaw – [Marriage]
Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.
George Bernard Shaw – [Law and Lawyers]
Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
George Bernard Shaw – [Acting and Actors]
You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.
George Bernard Shaw – [Bigotry]
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
George Bernard Shaw – [Heroes and Heroism]
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
George Bernard Shaw – [Power]
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw – [Growth]
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
George Bernard Shaw – [Writers and Writing]
You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
George Bernard Shaw – [Patriotism]
Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw – [Youth]
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
George Bernard Shaw – [Youth]