George Bernard Shaw

1. “If you’re going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they’ll kill you.”

2. “I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.”

3. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

4. “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

5. “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”

6. “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

7. “Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.”

8. “Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.”


9. ”A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.”

10. “Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.”

11. “I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

12. “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”

13. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it’s taken place.”

Below, just some of the books written by Shaw

George Bernard Shaw’s Signature

Celebrated in Ontario Canada

Statue of GB Shaw in Niagara-on-the-Lake where there is an annual Shaw theatre festival.

“In 1962, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, lawyer and playwright Brian Doherty parlayed his love for the work of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw into a summer theatre festival, producing eight performances of Don Juan in Hell and Candida in the Court House auditorium. In this singular act of passion for theatre and culture, the Shaw Festival was born.” (See

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