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Wise George Bernard Shaw Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by George Bernard Shaw.

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- George Bernard Shaw


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In this world there is always danger
for those who are afraid of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

 

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in the 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

People who say it cannot be done should not
interrupt those who are doing it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others
as you expect they should do unto you.
Their tastes may not be the same.
- George Bernard Shaw

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it's his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

My way of joking is telling the truth;
that is the funniest joke in the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
- George Bernard Shaw

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it -
that is the quickest and surest way
ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
- Dale Carnegie

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Do the thing you fear,
and death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Winston Churchill

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
- Vince Lombardi


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