There is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. To begin with, it is a prison. But in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for instance, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor. . . .In the prison you are not forced to sit listening to turnkeys discoursing without charm or interest on subjects that they don't understand and don't care about, and therefore incapable of making you understand or care about. In a prison they may torture your body; but they do not torture your brains.

-George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

I'm one of the undeserving poor: that's what I am. Think of what that means to a man. It means that he's up agen middle class morality all the time.... What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything.

George Bernard Shaw
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid...There is no harm in a well-fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party...
George Bernard Shaw

Don't wait for the right opportunity: create it.

George Bernard Shaw
Money is a most important thing in the world.
George Bernard Shaw

The person who is ignorant enough to believe that his nourishment depends on meat is in a horrible dilemma.

George Bernard Shaw
Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw

You do not settle whether an argument is justified by merely showing that it is of some use. The distinction is not between useful and useless experiments but between barbarous and civilized behaviour. Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.

George Bernard Shaw
Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.
George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

George Bernard Shaw
Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.