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  • The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • He's a gentleman look at his boots.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • 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)

  • Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • It has taken me nearly twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public and I am not sure that I am not still regarded as a suspicious.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


  • There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. It is in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for example, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • This creative man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Two percent of the people think three percent of the people think they think and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • I have not wasted my life trifling with literary fools in taverns, as Johnson did, when he should have been shaking England with the thunder of his spirit
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • What a man is depends on his character but what he does, and what we think of what he does, depends on his circumstances.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honour, generosity and beauty.... Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


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