What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
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
If a man is indolent, let him be poor. If he is drunken, let him be poor.... Also--somewhat inconsistently--blessed are the poor!
An author who gives a manager or publisher any rights in his work except those immediately and specifically required for its publication or performance is for business purposes an imbecile.
We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way.
Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing. George Bernard
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.
When a lion meets another with a louder roar, the first lion thinks the last a bore.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Sha
I fought linotype and montype for some time because it would not justify as well as handset could be made to do; but at last, as always happens, the machine outdid the hand, and got all the best types on it.
The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty . . . . Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys basic people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies no
If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.
Is the devil to have all the passions as well as all the good tunes?
It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don't sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
If all the Churches of Europe closed their doors until the drums ceased rolling they would act as a most powerful reminder that though the glory of war is a famous and ancient glory, it is not the final glory of God.
Most married couples spend the whole day apart, the woman in the house, the man in the office or study or workshop.
Literature is like any other trade; you will never sell anything unless you go to the right shop.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one
Who are those we love? Only those we do not hate.
A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out. George Bernard
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't! George Bernard
The test to which all methods of treatment are finally brought is whether they are lucrative to doctors or not.
The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how sheâ€™s treated.
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.