The sound body is the product of the sound mind.
Security, the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone's head.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
The criminal law is no use to decent people.
I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a damned nuisance. I find that the moment I let myself make friends with a woman, I become selfish and tyrannical.
Laws, religions, creeds, and systems of ethics, instead of making society better than its best unit, make it worse than its average unit, because they are never up to date.
God's trustiest lieutenants often lack official credentials. They may be professed atheists who are also men of honour and high public spirit.
I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
Manners are more important than laws and upon them, to a great deal, the law depends....
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.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard
Self-denial is not a virtue; it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
You may well ask me why...I took the time to write [books]. I can only reply that I do not know. There was no why about it. I had to: that was all.
The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization.
You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell.
You know, Tolstoy, like myself, wasn't taken in by superstitions like science and medicine.
It is quite useless to declare that all men are born free if you deny that they are born good . Guarantee a man's goodness and his liberty will take care of itself. To guarantee his freedom on condition that you approve of his moral character is formally to abolish all freedom whatsoever, as every m
What is wrong with the prosaic Englishman is what is wrong with the prosaic men of all countries: stupidity.
I can't turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.
Most people do not pray; they only beg.
The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.
I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence. George Bernard Sha
Nationalism must now be added to the refuse pile of superstitions. We are now citizens of the world, and the man who divides the race into elect Irishmen and reprobate foreign devils (especially Englishmen) had better live on the Blaskets where he can admire himself without disturbance.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances.
Woman reduces us all to a common denominator.
I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.
To the person with a toothache, even if the world is tottering, there is nothing more important than a visit to a dentist.