If we have come to think that the nursery and the kitchen are the natural sphere of a woman, we have done so exactly as English children come to think that a cage is the natural sphere of a parrot: because they have never seen one anywhere else.
We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
The degree of tolerance attainable at any moment depends on the strain under which society is maintaining its cohesion.
There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst.
If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
In the Middle Ages people believed that the earth was flat, for which they had at least the evidence of their senses: we believe it to be round, not because as many as 1 percent of us could give physical reasons for so quaint a belief, but because modern science has convinced us that nothing that is
When your eyes are fixed in the stare of unconsciousness, and your throat coughs the last gasping breath - as one dragged in the dark to a great precipice - what assistance are a wife and child?
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.
Life is a disease; and the only difference between on man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.
Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.
I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
What is wrong with the prosaic Englishman is what is wrong with the prosaic men of all countries: stupidity.
As long as you don't fly openly in the face of society, society doesn't ask any inconvenient questions; and it makes precious short work of the cads who do. There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.
If there was twenty ways of telling the truth and only one way of telling a lie, the Government would find it out. It's in the nature of governments to tell lies.
A love affair should always be a honeymoon. And the only way to make sure of that is to keep changing the man; for the same man can never keep it up.
It is the inefficiency and sham of ... our schools ... that save us from being dashed on the rocks of false doctrine instead of drifting down the midstream of mere ignorance.
I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
The stock actor is a stage calamity
Life's no brief candle-it's a splendid torch!
I know I began as a passion and have ended as a habit , like all husbands .
The practical question, then, is what to do with the children. Tolerate them at home we will not. Let them run loose in the streets we dare not until our streets become safe places for children, which, to our utter shame, they are not at present, though they can hardly be worse than some homes and s
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.