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
What right has any human being to talk of bringing up a child? You do not bring up a tree or a plant. It brings itself up. You have to give it a fair chance by tilling the soil.
The most revolutionary invention of the Nineteenth Century was the artificial sterilization of marriage.
If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.
The notion that Nature does not proceed by jumps is only one of the budget of plausible lies that we call classical education. Nature always proceeds by jumps. She may spend twenty thousand years making up her mind to jump; but when she makes it up at last, the jump is big enough to take us into a n
During the last considerable epidemic at the turn of the century, I was a member of the Health Committee of London Borough Council, and I learned how the credit of vaccination is kept up statistically by diagnosing all the revaccinated cases (of smallpox) as pustular eczema, varioloid or what not---
Whisky is liquid sunshine.
All young women begin by believing they can change and reform the men they marry. They can't.
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
They tell me that So-and-So, who does not write prefaces, is no charlatan. Well, I am. I first caught the ear of the British public on a cart in Hyde Park, to the blaring of brass bands,and this . . . because . . . I am a natural-born mountebank.
Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
The criminal law is no use to decent people.
Style is effectiveness of assertion.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
People must not be forced to adopt me as their favourite author, even for their own good.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid...There is no harm in a well-fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party...
Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words 'Remember that I too am mortal'.
The notion that disarmament can put a stop to war is contradicted by the nearest dogfight.
The censorship method ... is that of handing the job over to some frail and erring mortal man, and making him omnipotent on the assumption that his official status will make him infallible and omniscient.
Just as the historian can teach no real history until he has cured his readers of the romantic delusion that the greatness of a queen consists in her being a pretty woman and having her head cut off, so the playwright of the first order can do nothing with his audience until he has cured them of loo
We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
Love is an appetite which, like all other appetites, is destroyed for the moment by its gratification.
The churches must learn humility as well as teach it.
What is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god : everybody worships him and nobody does his will.
England and America are two countries separated by the same language. George Bernard
Not until he acquires European manners does the American anarchist become the gentleman who assures you that people cannot be mademoral by Act of Parliament (the truth being that it is only by Acts of Parliament that men in large communities can be made moral, even when they want to).
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
Unless comedy touches me as well as amuses me, it leaves me with a sense of having wasted my evening. I go to the theatre to be moved to laughter, not to be tickled or bustled into it.