I do not want actors and actresses to understand my plays. That is not necessary. If they will only pronounce the correct sounds I can guarantee the results.
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.
When commenting on the turmoil and disorder of the world, If the other planets are inhabited, they must be using this earth as their insane asylum.
Shall I turn up the light for you? No, give me deeper darkness. Money is not made in the light.
I do not waste my time writing pot-boilers: the pot must be boiled, and even my pot au feu has some chunks of fresh meat in it. ...I have no time to boil myself down; and anyhow I could not do so and preserve all the necessary nutriment and the flavoring on which the digestibility depends.
I am justified. For I chose wisdom and the knowledge of good and evil ; and now there is no evil; and wisdom and good are one. It is enough.
The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.
I hate the poor and look forward eagerly to their extermination.
Even if animal experimentation was proved to be of value, it would be morally wrong.
I was a cannibal for twenty-five years. For the rest I have been a vegetarian.
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild' is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the gospels.
We are more gullible and superstitious today than we were in the Middle Ages, and an example of modern credulity is the widespread belief that the Earth is round. The average man can advance not a single reason for thinking that the Earth is round. He merely swallows this theory because there is som
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
What a man is depends on his character; but what he does, and what we think of what he does, depends on his circumstances.
The nation's morals are like its teeth: the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them.
NAPOLEON: What shall we do with this soldier, Giuseppe? Everything he says is wrong. GIUSEPPE: Make him a general, Excellency, and then everything he says will be right.
Never forget that if you leave your law to judges and your religion to bishops, you will presently find yourself without either law or religion.
Set me anything to do as a task, and it is inconceivable the desire I have to do something else.
My opportunities were still there, nay, they multiplied tenfold; but the strength and youth to cope with them began to fail, and to need eking out with the shifty cunning of experience.
A tranquil woman can go on sewing longer than an angry man can go on fuming.
In the arts of life main invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine. ... There is nothing in Man's industrial machinery but his greed and sloth: his heart is in his weapons.
Treat a friend as a person who may someday become your enemy; an enemy as a person who may someday become your friend.
Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job.
It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least.
The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
What I say today everybody will say tomorrow, though they will not remember who put it into their heads. Indeed they will be right for I never remember who puts things into my head : it is the Zeitgeist.
You know, Tolstoy, like myself, wasn't taken in by superstitions like science and medicine.
The thief who is in prison is not necessarily more dishonest than his fellows at large, but mostly one who, through ignorance or stupidity [or racism or poverty! - Draffan] steals in a way that is not customary. He snatches a loaf from the baker's counter and is promptly run into gaol. Another man s
Rebecca [West] can handle a pen as brilliantly as ever I could and much more savagely.