My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.
A modern gentleman [rich person] is necessarily the enemy of his country. Even in war he does not fight to defend it, but to prevent his power of preying on it from passing to a foreigner.
Whether you think Jesus was God or not, you must admit he was a first-rate political economist.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
If you leave your art, the world will beat you back to it. The world has not an ambition worth sharing, or a prize worth handling.
I finished my first book seventy-six years ago. I offered it to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later; publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.
The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
From a very early age, I've had to interrupt my education to go to school.
A sensitive boy's humiliations may be very good fun for ordinary thick-skinned grown-ups; but to the boy himself theyareso acute, so ignominious, that he cannot confess themcannot but deny them passionately.
People always get tired of one another. I grow tired of myself whenever I am left alone for ten minutes, and I am certain that I am fonder of myself than anyone can be of another person.
Female murderers get sheaves of offers of marriage.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.
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.
Fine art is the subtlest, the most seductive, the most effective instrument of moral propaganda in the world, excepting only the example of personal conduct; and I waive even this exception in favor of the art of the stage, because it works by exhibiting examples of personal conduct made intelligibl
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
All progress is due to the unreasonable person.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
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.
A man who desires to get married should know everything or nothing.
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.
Security, the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone's head.
The reasonable man will adjust to the demands of his environment. The unreasonable man expects his environment to adjust to his own needs. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
The person I miss most is the one I could have been.
The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses. George Bernard Sha
First really like is just a little bit foolishness as well as a lot of curiosity. No actually self-respecting girl would reap the benefits of it.
I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler; I don't like beer.