14 of George Bernard Shaw's Most Brilliant Quotes

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George Bernard Shaw once said, "I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." He had a lot of good ones to choose from.

1. "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." From Immaturity

2. "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." — From The Doctor's Dilemma

3. "[The] power of accurate observation ... is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." — The World

4. "The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it." — From Maxims for Revolutionaries

5. "There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses." — From Mrs. Warren's Profession

6. "We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience." — via Columbia University Press

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

8. "He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career." — From Major Barbara

9. "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." — From Man and Superman

10. "Hell is full of musical amateurs." — From Man and Superman

11. "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world." — From John Bull's Other Island

12. "As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death." — From Overruled

13. "The first prison I ever saw had inscribed on it CEASE TO DO EVIL: LEARN TO DO WELL; but as the inscription was on the outside, the prisoners could not read it." — From Preface for English Prisons Under Local Government

14. "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." — via The Quintessence of G.B.S.: The Wit and Wisdom of Bernard Shaw