The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
Woman's happiness begins with her first love and ends about then
I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.
The philosopher is Nature's pilot.
My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.
A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there.
Just as the liar 's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed , but that he cannot believe any one else; so a guilty society can more easily be persuaded that any apparently innocent act is guilty than that any apparently guilty act is innocent.
I find it easy to forgive the man who invented a devilish instrument like dynamite, but how can one ever forgive the diabolical mind that invented the Nobel Prize in Literature?
There is not one single established religion that an intelligent, educated man can believe.
Financiers live in a world of illusion. They count on something which they call the capital of the country, which has no existence.
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
In a hospital they throw you out into the street before you are half cured, but in a nursing home they don't let you out till you are dead.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
Martyrdom, sir, is what these people like: it is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
Well, sir, you never can tell. That's a principle in life with me, sir, if you'll excuse my having such a thing.
But whether the risks to which liberty exposes us are moral or physical our right to liberty involves the right to run them. A man who is not free to risk his neck as an aviator or his soul as a heretic is not free at all; and the right to liberty begins, not at the age of 21 years but 21 seconds.
When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.
An idea that no one believes can not be proved too often.
A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man or woman who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether they be painter or ploughman.
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
A vegetarian is not a person who lives on vegetables, any more than a Catholic is a person who lives on cats.
Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.
Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.
I don't know what to say about this book. The experience on which it is founded is so extraordinary, that an honest record of it should be preserved . . . But it would have driven me mad; and I am not sure that the author came out of it without a slight derangement.
The real Brahms is nothing more than a sentimental voluptuary. rather tiresomely addicted to dressing himself up as Handel or Beethoven and making a prolonged and intolerable noise.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard