Top ten George Bernard Shaw quotes

George Bernard Shaw is one of the most quoted writers of all time and when you see the list below it’s easy to see why. He seemed to have an opinion on everything; no matter what the subject. Whether it’s love and marriage, life and death, youth and age… Shaw has something to say about it.

Here are some of his best quotes.

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

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If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
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If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
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The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

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An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
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Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
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First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
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No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

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I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
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Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.

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She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
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A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

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The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
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Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.

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Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
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We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.

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