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

Financiers live in a world of illusion. They count on something which they call the capital of the country, which has no existence.

George Bernard Shaw
It is not the number of years we have behind us, but the number we have before us, that makes us careful and responsible and determined to find out the truth about everything.
George Bernard Shaw

Without music we shall surely perish of drink, morphia, and all sorts of artificial exaggerations of the cruder delights of the senses.

George Bernard Shaw
Newspaper : A device unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.
George Bernard Shaw

All roads end at the grave, which is the gate to nothingness.

George Bernard Shaw
Conceive. That is the word that means both the beginning in imagination and the end in creation.
George Bernard Shaw

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

George Bernard Shaw
When we want to read of the deeds that are done for love, whither do we turn? To the murder column.
George Bernard Shaw

All this struggling and striving to make the world better is a great mistake. Not that it's wrong to try to improve the world if you know how but simply because struggling and striving are the worst possible ways to go about doing anything!

George Bernard Shaw
I become more convinced that beings from other planets are using the Earth as a lunatic asylum