In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win.
Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict without a single amiable trait.
As well consult a butcher on the value of vegetarianism as a doctor on the worth of vaccination.
Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled.
Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid. George Bernard
Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words 'Remember that I too am mortal'.
Has fear ever held a man back from anything he really wanted?
It is most unwise for people in love to marry. George Bernard
What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.
Money is the counter that enables life to be lived socially; it is life as truly as sovereigns and banknotes are money.
Live in contact with dreams and you will get something of their charm: live in contact with facts and you will get something of their brutality. I wish I could find a country to live in where the facts were not brutal and the dreams not real.
Nietzche . . . he was a confirmed Life Force worshipper. It was he who raked up the Superman, who is as old as Prometheus; and the 20th century will run after this newest of the old crazes when it gets tired of the world, the flesh, and your humble servant.
The great dramatist has something better to do than to amuse either himself or his audience. He has to interpret life.
A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out. George Bernard Sha
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
Oh the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
Activity is the only road to knowledge.
I have never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from other men. There is not much harm in a lion. He has no ideals, no religion, no politics, no chivalry, no gentility; in short, no reason for destroying anything that he does not want to eat
My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.
The ideal love affair should be conducted by post.
The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.
The word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.
All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
The Old Testament God is a person with body parts and passions. The Church of England God has neither body, parts nor passions, and is therefore not a person.
Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.
Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.
The sex relation is not a personal relation. It can be irresistibly desired and rapturously consummated between persons who could not endure one another for a day in any other relation.
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you.
To a professional critic (I have been one myself) theatre-going is the curse of Adam. The play is the evil he is paid to endure in the sweat of his brow; and the sooner it is over, the better.