Unless comedy touches me as well as amuses me, it leaves me with a sense of having wasted my evening. I go to the theatre to be moved to laughter, not to be tickled or bustled into it.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
To make Democracy work, you need an aristocratic democracy. To make Aristocracy work, you need a democratic aristocracy.
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is
Oh, come! That boot is on the other leg. Why should you call me to account for eating decently? If I battened on the scorched corpses of animals, you might well ask me why I did that
The degree of tolerance attainable at any moment depends on the strain under which society is maintaining its cohesion.
Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination.
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. George Bernard Sha
The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
If there was twenty ways of telling the truth and only one way of telling a lie, the Government would find it out. It's in the nature of governments to tell lies.
An interesting play cannot in the nature of things mean anything but a play in which problems of conduct and character of personalimportance to the audience are raised and suggestively discussed.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
Those who won't hesitate to vivisect, won't hesitate to lie about it as well.
The medical profession (is) a conspiracy to hide its own shortcomings. No doubt the same may be said of all professions. They are all conspiracies against the laity... (U)ntil there is a practicable alternative to blind trust in the doctor, the truth about the doctor is so terrible that we dare not
The function of comedy is to dispelunconsciousness by turning the searchlight of the keenest moral and intellectual analysisright on to it.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
Taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.
The most revolutionary invention of the Nineteenth Century was the artificial sterilization of marriage.
What, or who, led you to take up photography, and about what date ? George Bernard Shaw â€“ I always wanted to draw and paint. I had no literary ambition. I aspired to be a Michelangelo, not a Shakespeare. But I could not draw well enough to satisfy myself; and the instruction I could get was worse
The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity to heave bricks at respectable persons.
It is one of the mysterious ways of Allah to make women troublesome when he makes them beautiful.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
What is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. George Bernard
All Artists are Anarchists.
It's easier to replace a dead man than a good picture.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.