Literature is like any other trade; you will never sell anything unless you go to the right shop.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. George Bernard
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
That older and greater church to which I belong: the church where the oftener you laugh the better, because by laughter only can you destroy evil without malice
A soldier is an anachronism of which we must get rid.
You are my inspiration and my folly. You are my light across the sea, my million nameless joys, and my day's wage. You are my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my transfiguration and purification. You are my rapscallionly fellow vagabond, my tempter and star. I want you.
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.
If I bind the future I bind my will. If I bind my will I strangle creation.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
No man manages his affairs as well as a tree does
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
There is the eternal war between those who are in the world for what they can get out of it and those who are in the world to make it a better place for everybody to live in.
Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.
When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.
You practically do not use semicolons at all. This is a symptom of mental defectiveness, probably induced by camp life.
A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. George Bernard Sha
Social progress takes effect through the replacement of all institutions by new ones; and since every institution involves the recognition of the duty of conforming to it, progress must involve the repudiation of an established duty at every step.
I am sorry to have to introduce the subject of Christmas. It is an indecent subject; a cruel, gluttonous subject; a drunken, disorderly subject; a wasteful, disastrous subject; a wicked, cadging, lying, filthy, blasphemous and demoralizing subject. Christmas is forced on a reluctant and disgusted na
Money enables us to get what we want instead of what other people think we want.
It is necessary for the welfare of society that genius should be privileged to utter sedition, to blaspheme, to outrage good taste, to corrupt the youthful mind, and generally to scandalize one's uncles.
It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
Nietzche . . . he was a confirmed Life Force worshipper. It was he who raked up the Superman, who is as old as Prometheus; and the 20th century will run after this newest of the old crazes when it gets tired of the world, the flesh, and your humble servant.
But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong personâ€™s thumb are two different things.
Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.
If we have come to think that the nursery and the kitchen are the natural sphere of a woman, we have done so exactly as English children come to think that a cage is the natural sphere of a parrot: because they have never seen one anywhere else.
The best bought-up children are those who have seen thier parents as they are. Hypocrisy is not the first duty of a parent.
To be a champion you must live like one.
We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation.