A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Sha
Very nice sort of place, Oxford, I should think, for people that like that sort of place. They teach you to be a gentleman there. In the polytechnic they teach you to be an engineer or such like. See?
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. George Bernard Sha
Only fools repeat the same things over and over, expecting to obtain different results.
You have a choice of trusting the natural stability of gold, or the honesty and intelligence of members of government.
All genuinely intellectual work is humorous.
The fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to.
The sex illusion is not a fixed quantity: not what mathematicians call a constant. It varies from zero in my wife's case to madness in that of our stepsister.
Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.
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
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
You may well ask me why...I took the time to write [books]. I can only reply that I do not know. There was no why about it. I had to: that was all.
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
But a mother is like a broomstick or like the sun in the heavens, it does not matter which as far as one's knowledge of her is concerned: the broomstick is there and the sun is there; and whether the child is beaten by it or warmed and enlightened by it, it accepts it as a fact in nature, and does n
Self-denial is not a virtue; it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
I lay my eternal curse on whomsoever shall now or at any time hereafter make schoolbooks of my works and make me hated as Shakespeare is hated. My plays were not designed as instruments of torture. All the schools that lust after them get this answer, and will never get any other.
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force. But even Capitalist cynicism will admit that however unconscionable we may be when our own interests are affected, we can be most indignantly virtuous at the expense of others.
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. 4
A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant.
Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages. He who can, does. He who cannot teaches.
Schools must not become the agencies through which propaganda advocated by any section of society is spread. The method of control always a crucial problem should be in harmony with the fundamental values and principles of the states and the entire e
Nobel Prize money is a life-belt thrown to a swimmer who has already reached the shore in safety.
We are compelled by the theory of God's already achieved perfection to make Him a devil as well as a god, because of the existenceof evil. The god of love, if omnipotent and omniscient, must be the god of cancer and epilepsy as well.... Whoever admits that anything living is evil must either believe
Our political experiment of democracy, the last refuge of cheap misgovernment.
All great Truth first starts as Blasphemy.
Journalists are too poorly paid in this country to know anything that is fit for publication.
Where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste.
Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.