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

If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers, then you live in a house with no light.

George Bernard Shaw
My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
George Bernard Shaw

Oh the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw
Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned?
George Bernard Shaw

The problem with the press is that they can't tell the difference between a bicycle crash and the end of civilization.

George Bernard Shaw
The danger of crippling thought, the danger of obstructing the formation of the public mind by specially suppressing ... representations is far greater than any real danger that there is from such representations.
George Bernard Shaw

You cannot learn to skate without making yourself ridiculous - the ice of life is slippery.

George Bernard Shaw
If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw
There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness and none more profitable.