Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.
The theory that music has a depraving effect on morals has now been abandoned to the old women of both sexes.
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
That is the injustice of a woman's lot. A woman has to bring up her children; and that means to restrain them, to deny them things they want, to set them tasks, to punish them when they do wrong, to do all the unpleasant things. And then the father, who has nothing to do but pet them and spoil them,
The mathematician is fascinated with the marvelous beauty of the forms he constructs, and in their beauty he finds everlasting truth.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.
I was always unlawful; I broke the law when I was born because my parents weren't married.
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.
If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains.
English is the easiest language to speak badly.
When the master has come to do everything through the slave, the slave becomes his master, since he cannot live without him.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
To make Democracy work, you need an aristocratic democracy. To make Aristocracy work, you need a democratic aristocracy.
Never repeat old grievances.
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.
Those who won't hesitate to vivisect, won't hesitate to lie about it as well.
Most of the money given by rich people in "charity" is made up of conscience money, "ransom," political bribery, and bids for titles.... One buys moral credit by signing a cheque, which is easier than turning a prayer wheel.
I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting f
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
Women have been a ghastly nuisance in my life.
Take the utmost care to get well born and well brought up.
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. George Bernard Sha
Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentlemen.
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.
Even a vortex is a vortex in something. You can't have a whirlpool without water; and you can't have a vortex without gas, or molecules or atoms or ions or electrons or something, not nothing.
Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.
Morality consists of suspecting other people of not being legally married.