You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
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 are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances.
Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: they are the only things that are true.
Syllables govern the world. George Bernard
I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. George Bernard Sha
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.
We are the masters at the moment, and not only at the moment, but for a very long time to come.
If I refuse to allow my leg to be amputated, its mortification and my death may prove that I was wrong; but if I let the leg go, nobody can ever prove that it would not have mortified had I been obstinate. Operation is therefore the safe side for the surgeon as well as the lucrative side.
Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool.
He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.
I myself have been particularly careful never to say a civil word to the United States. I have scoffed at their inhabitants as a nation of villagers. I have defined the 100 % American as 99 % an idiot. And they adore me.
The fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
In a living society every day is a day of judgment; and its recognition as such is not the end of all things but the beginning ofa real civilization.
Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.
Even under the most perfect Social Democracy we should, without Communism, still be living like hogs, except that each hog would get his fair share of grub.... Whilst we are hogs, let us at least be well-fed, healthy, reciprocally useful hogs, instead of--well, instead of the sort we are at present.
We are all victims of the violence that animals suffer... their liberation is also our liberation.
You may well ask me why...I took the time to write [books]. I can only reply that I do not know. There was no why about it. I had to: that was all.
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
Once the divinity we worshipped made itself visible and comprehensible, we crucified it.
When commenting on the turmoil and disorder of the world, If the other planets are inhabited, they must be using this earth as their insane asylum.
When a heretic wishes to avoid martyrdom he speaks of "Orthodoxy, True and False" and demonstrates that the True is his heresy.
Only in the problem play is there any real drama, because drama is no mere setting up of the camera to nature: it is the presentation in parable of the conflict between Man's will and his environment: in a word, of problem.
If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a foot-rule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.
It is not that I am so clever; it is that everyone else is so stupid.
Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned?
We throw the whole drudgery of creation on one sex, and then imply that no female of any delicacy would initiate any effort in that direction.