George Bernard Shaw

Quotations

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.

Man and Superman (1903)

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Vol. II, preface (1898).

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)

Captain Shotover: 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.

Heartbreak House, Act 1

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

You see things and you say, “Why?” But I see things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”

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