George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. He was the first person to be awarded both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, receiving the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature and sharing the 1938 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film version of Pygmalion.

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

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

A man who has no office to go to I don't care who he is is a trial of which you can have no conception.

Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.

Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

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

When a man says money can do anything that settles it: he hasn't got any.

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

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

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

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport, when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

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

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.

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

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