Authors - George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. - Wikipedia
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
Imagine what you desire. Will what you imagine. Create what you will.
Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
It is necessary for the welfare of society that genius should be privileged to utter sedition, to blaspheme, to outrage good taste, to corrupt the youthful mind, and generally to scandalize one's uncles.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves.
Some men see things as they are and say why - I dream things that never were and say why not.
A reasonable man adapts himself to his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton. You may as well make it dance.
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
Alcohol is a very necessary article... It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a footrule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.
A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
I asked my daughter when she was 16, What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss. But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth.
It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
Anything is good if it's made of chocolate.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
A man should never neglect his family for business.
Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important.
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means.There is no such thing in the country.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
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.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery.
Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down airport concourses carrying bags.
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich--something for nothing.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.