It is well to be off with the old woman before you're on with the new.
I must have been an insufferable child; all children are.
How you ought properly to spell 'fish' in English: 'goti' .
Nationalism must now be added to the refuse pile of superstitions. We are now citizens of the world, and the man who divides the race into elect Irishmen and reprobate foreign devils (especially Englishmen) had better live on the Blaskets where he can admire himself without disturbance.
Social questions are too sectional, too topical, too temporal to move a man to the mighty effort which is needed to produce greatpoetry. Prison reform may nerve Charles Reade to produce an effective and businesslike prose melodrama; but it could never produce Hamlet, Faust, or Peer Gynt.
An English army led by an Irish general: that might be a match for a French army led by an Italian general.
The buried truth germinates and breaks through to the light.
Even if animal experimentation was proved to be of value, it would be morally wrong.
Dogmatic toleration is nonsense: I would no more tolerate the teaching of Calvinism to children if I had power to persecute it than the British Raj tolerated suttee in India. Every civilized authority must draw a line between the tolerable and the intolerable.
Fashions are the only induced epidemics, proving that epidemics can be induced by tradesmen.
When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a
A critic recently described me, with deadly acuteness, as having 'a kindly dislike of my fellow-creatures.' Perhaps dread would have been nearer the mark than dislike; for man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows.
While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.
There is only one universal passion fear.
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
Effectiveness of assertion is the alpha and omega of style.
The notion that persons should be safe from extermination as long as they do not commit willful murder, or levy war against the Crown, or kidnap, or throw vitriol, is not only to limit social responsibility unnecessarily, and to privilege the large range of intolerable misconduct that lies outside t
General consultant to mankind. George Bernard Sha
Faith in reason as a prime motor is no longer the criterion of the sound mind, any more than faith in the Bible is the criterion of righteous intention.
If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves. George Bernard
Once the divinity we worshipped made itself visible and comprehensible, we crucified it.
It is not true that men can be divided into absolutely honest persons and absolutely dishonest ones. Our honesty varies with the strain put on it.
There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
Two people getting together to write a book is like three people getting together to have a baby. One of them is superfluous.
Life's no brief candle-it's a splendid torch!
Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.
We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way.
If all you are going to do in life are the things that are convenient and comfortable, the great things never get done.