They tell me that So-and-So, who does not write prefaces, is no charlatan. Well, I am. I first caught the ear of the British public on a cart in Hyde Park, to the blaring of brass bands,and this . . . because . . . I am a natural-born mountebank.
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
The goal of an artist is to create the definitive work that cannot be surpassed.
No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. George Bernard
Communism, being the lay form of Catholicism, and indeed meaning the same thing, has never had any lack of chaplains.
Religion is a good invention in times of stress.
The chief objection to playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player.
A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a person's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.
It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel. George Bernard Sha
The notion that disarmament can put a stop to war is contradicted by the nearest dogfight.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.
If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?
If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentleman, he may pronounce as he pleases.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve.
All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.
Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You cannot have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
Capitalism drives the employers to do their worst to the employed, and the employed to do the least for them. And it boasts all the time of the incentive it provides to both to do their best! . . . The reason the Capitalist system has worked so far without jamming for more than a few months at a tim
There are scores of thousands of human insects who are ready at a moment's notice to reveal the Will of God on every possible subject
Women are called womanly only when they regard themselves as existing solely for the use of men.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows.
A great social reformer.
If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.