Everybody who does not live in a prostitute's bed and on a diet of cocaine snow is called an ascetic nowadays.

-George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.

George Bernard Shaw
Most married couples spend the whole day apart, the woman in the house, the man in the office or study or workshop.
George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw
The hand of the painter is incurably mechanical: his technique is incurably artificial... The camera... is so utterly unmechanical.
George Bernard Shaw

Of the three official objects of our prison system: vengeance, deterrence, and reformation of the criminal, only one is achieved; and that is the one which is nakedly abominable.

George Bernard Shaw
Fine art is the only teacher except torture.
George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw
We must not stay as we are, doing always what was done last time, or we shall stick in the mud. Yet neither must we undertake a new world as catastrophic Utopians, and wreck our civilization in our hurry to mend it.
George Bernard Shaw

There is nothing on earth more exquisite than a bonny book, with well-placed columns of rich black writing in beautiful borders, and illuminated pictures cunningly inset. But nowadays, instead of looking at books, people read them. A book might as well be one of those orders for bacon and bran.

George Bernard Shaw
Unbounded hopes were placed on each successive extension of the electoral franchise, culminating in the enfranchisement of women.These hopes have been disappointed, because the voters, male and female, being politically untrained and uneducated, have (a) no grasp of constructive measures; (b) loathe taxation as such; (c) dislike being governed at all; and (d) dread and resent any extension of official interference as an encroachment on their personal liberty.