Social questions are too sectional, too topical, too temporal to move a man to the mighty effort which is needed to produce greatpoetry. Prison reform may nerve Charles Reade to produce an effective and businesslike prose melodrama; but it could never produce Hamlet, Faust, or Peer Gynt.

-George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.

George Bernard Shaw
You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence? If you can't justify your existence, if you're not pulling your weight in the social boat, if you're not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can't be of very much use to yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

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.

George Bernard Shaw
Nothing makes a man so selfish as work.
George Bernard Shaw

As you say, I am honoured and famous and rich. But as I have to do all the hard work, and suffer an increasing multitude of fools gladly, it does not feel any better than being reviled, infamous and poor, as I used to be.

George Bernard Shaw
We must reform society before we can reform ourselves.
George Bernard Shaw

An index is a great leveller.

George Bernard Shaw
In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god : everybody worships him and nobody does his will.
George Bernard Shaw

Trade unionism is not socialism. It is the capitalism of the proletariat.

George Bernard Shaw
If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.