10 Great Quotes from George Bernard Shaw on His Birthday

Some wise and witty quotes from the great Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).

It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him. – Preface to Pygmalion

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. – The Wordsworth Book of Humorous Quotations

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. – Maxims for Revolutionists


He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. – Major Barbara

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

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. – Saturday Review, 1895

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. – Man and Superman


I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. – The Quintessence of Ibsenism

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

Image (top): George Bernard Shaw by William Strang (1907), Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Image (bottom): George Bernard Shaw (1936), Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

28 thoughts on “10 Great Quotes from George Bernard Shaw on His Birthday”

  1. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    Some interesting quotes from George Bernard Shaw on the Interesting Literature blog. My favorite is a quote from Major Barbara. You’ll have to read the post to find :)

  2. Since my b’day is tomorrow I’m re-blogging these quotes without giving you or GBS credit on icareinmerida.com. Not really. LOL Thanks for the gift of laughter. We need it more than ever.


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