Though the Life Force supplies us with its own purpose, it has no other brains to work with than those it has painfully and imperfectly evolved in our heads.
Civilization is a disease produced by the practice of building societies with rotten material.
Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.
The domestic career is no more natural to all women than the military career is natural to all men.
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
Effectiveness of assertion is the alpha and omega of style.
The truth sticks in our throats with all the sauces it is served with: it will never go down until we take it without any sauce at all.
The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions.
Any sort of plain speaking is better than the nauseous sham good fellowship our democratic public men get up for shop use.
I must ... warn my readers that my attacks are directed against themselves, not against my stage figures.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
Happiness and beauty are by-products. Folly is the direct pursuit of happiness and beauty.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Sha
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
My opportunities were still there, nay, they multiplied tenfold; but the strength and youth to cope with them began to fail, and to need eking out with the shifty cunning of experience.
What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a damned nuisance. I find that the moment I let myself make friends with a woman, I become selfish and tyrannical.
Oh the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild' is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the gospels.
Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby
The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.
No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
Taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.
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.
The greatest thing in life is to die young - but delay it as long as possible.
Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculousand dangerous by having its feet off the ground.
Where equality is undisputed, so also is subordination.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
I've posed nude for a photographer in the manner of Rodin's Thinker, but I merely looked constipated.