People who are hard, grasping and always ready to take advantage of their neighbors become very rich.
Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble?Making life means making trouble. Thereâ€™s only one way of escaping trouble; and thatâ€™s killing things.
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
My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
I like to quote myself frequently and often, it makes me sound much more intelligent than I actually am.
The danger of crippling thought, the danger of obstructing the formation of the public mind by specially suppressing ... representations is far greater than any real danger that there is from such representations.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
The minorities are sometimes right. The majorities never.
Whenever an obviously well founded statement is made in England by a person specially well acquainted with the facts, that unlucky person is instantly and frantically contradicted by all the people who obviously know nothing about it.
The world was to Shakespeare a great stage of fools on which he was utterly bewildered. His pregnant observations of life are not coordinated into any philosophy.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't got any. George Bernard
The statesman cannot govern without stability of belief, true or false.
If you're not producing as much as you consume, or perhaps a little more, then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us, and it can't be of very much use to yourself.
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
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Don't ask me for promises until I know what I am promising.
Paradoxes are the only truths.
All religions begin with a revolt against morality, and perish when morality conquers them.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it. George Bernard Sha
I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist.
Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple. Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
He who has never hoped can never despair
A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
I assume that to prevent illness in later life, you should never have been born at all.
Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.