In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.
Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.
It is easy - terribly easy - to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward. George Bernard Sha
Is the devil to have all the passions as well as all the good tunes?
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. George Bernard Sha
A man who has no office to go, to I don't care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.
People get tired of everything, and of nothing sooner than of what they most like.
Reformers have the idea that change can be achieved by brute sanity.
The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve.
The British churchgoer prefers a severe preacher because he thinks a few home truths will do his neighbors no harm.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least.
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
The sex relation is not a personal relation. It can be irresistibly desired and rapturously consummated between persons who could not endure one another for a day in any other relation.
There is a disease to which plays as well as men become liable with advancing years. In men it is called doting, in plays dating.The more topical the play the more it dates.
It seems as though every time you learn something new you have to give up something.
In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
Wise kings wear shabby clothes, and leave the gold lace to the drum major.
If a man is indolent, let him be poor. If he is drunken, let him be poor.... Also--somewhat inconsistently--blessed are the poor!
While browsing in a second-hand bookshop one day, George Bernard Shaw was amused to find a copy of one of his own works which he himself had inscribed for a friend: "To ----, with esteem, George Bernard Shaw." He immediately purchased the book and returned it to the friend with a second inscription:
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
All progress depends on the unreasonable man.
If you injure your neighbour, better not do it by halves. George Bernard Sha
When I speak of The Case for Equality I mean human equality; and that, of course, can only mean one thing: it means equality of income.