My method of getting a play across the footlights is like a revolver shooting: every line has a bullet in it and comes with an explosion.
I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one.
It seems as though every time you learn something new you have to give up something.
We are the living graves of murdered beasts.
Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.
It is doubtless wise, when a reform is introduced, to try to persuade the British public that it is not a reform at all; but appearances must be kept up to some extent at least.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
Remember that the progress of the world depends on your knowing better than your elders.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. George Bernard
Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculousand dangerous by having its feet off the ground.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
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.
The popular definition of tragedy is heavy drama in which everyone is killed in the last act, comedy being light drama in which everyone is married in the last act.
Such poverty as we have today in all our great cities degrades the poor, and infects with its degradation the whole neighborhood in which they live. And whatever can degrade a neighborhood can degrade a country and a continent and finally the whole civilized world, which is only a large neighborhood
Let wife and child perish, and lay bricks for your last crust, rather than part with an iota of your [copy]rights.
Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
A man of genius is not a man who sees more than other men do. On the contrary, it is very often found that he is absentminded andobserves much less than other people.... Why is it that the public have such an exaggerated respect for him--after he is dead? The reason is that the man of genius underst
Education can and should do much influence social, moral and intellectual discovery by stimulating critical attitudes of thought in the young
Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier. George Bernard Sha
During the last considerable epidemic at the turn of the century, I was a member of the Health Committee of London Borough Council, and I learned how the credit of vaccination is kept up statistically by diagnosing all the revaccinated cases (of smallpox) as pustular eczema, varioloid or what not---
There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find Englishmen doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles; he bullies you on man
Hate is the revenge of a coward intimidated.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
What we are confronted with now is a growing perception that if we desire a certain type of civilization and culture we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it,
Nowadays a parlor maid as ignorant as Queen Victoria was when she came to the throne would be classed as mentally defective.
In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.