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By Anonym 19 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The reason why the continental European is, to the Englishman or American, so surprisingly ignorant of the Bible, is that the authorized English version is a great work of literary art, and the continental versions are comparatively artless.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The quality of a play is the quality of its ideas.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

What is both surprising and delightful is that the spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game...There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Without music we shall surely perish of drink, morphia, and all sorts of artificial exaggerations of the cruder delights of the senses.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

I am justified. For I chose wisdom and the knowledge of good and evil ; and now there is no evil; and wisdom and good are one. It is enough.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Life is a disease; and the only difference between on man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

We are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good what would he say now

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capability to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age... I have studied him - the wonderful man, and in my opinion far from being an Anti-Christ he must be called the Saviour of Humanity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

I must have been an insufferable child; all children are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

With the exception of capitalism, there is nothing so revolting as revolution.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

A man's own self is the last person to believe in him, and is harder to cheat than the rest of the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Captain Shotover: How much does your soul eat? Ellie: Oh, a lot. It eats music and pictures and books and mountains and lakes and beautiful things to wear and nice people to be with.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The longer I live, the more I realize that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time!

By Anonym 17 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Old-fashioned people think you can have a soul without money. They think the less money you have, the more soul you have. Young people nowadays know better. A soul is a very expensive thing to keep: much more so than a motor car.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.

By Anonym 18 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Marx's Kapital is not a treatise on socialism; it is a gerrymand against the bourgeoisie. It was supposed to be written for the working class, but the working man respects the bourgeoisie and wants to be a bourgeoisie. Marx never got a hold of him for a moment. It was the revolting sons of the bourgeoisie itself, like myself, that painted the flag red. The middle and upper classes are the revolutionary element in society. The proletariat is the conservative element.

By Anonym 19 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

There is always danger for those who are afraid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Social questions are too sectional, too topical, too temporal to move a man to the mighty effort which is needed to produce greatpoetry. Prison reform may nerve Charles Reade to produce an effective and businesslike prose melodrama; but it could never produce Hamlet, Faust, or Peer Gynt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

My religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative revolution. I desire that no public monument or work of art or inscription or sermon or ritual service commemorating me shall suggest that I accepted the tenets peculiar to any established church or denomination nor take the form of a cross or any other instrument of torture or symbol of blood sacrifice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Man is unique in that he has plans, purpose and goals which require the need for criteria of choice. The need for ethical value is within man whose future may largely be determined by the choice he make

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Give women the vote, and in five years there will be a crushing tax on bachelors.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Not everybody is strong enough to endure life without an anesthetic. Drink probably averts more gross crime than it causes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Any sort of plain speaking is better than the nauseous sham good fellowship our democratic public men get up for shop use.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

To a professional critic (I have been one myself) theatre-going is the curse of Adam. The play is the evil he is paid to endure in the sweat of his brow; and the sooner it is over, the better.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

In truth , mankind cannot be saved from without, by schoolmasters or any other sort of masters: it can only be lamed and enslaved by them. It is said that if you wash a cat it will never again wash itself. This may or may not be true : what is certain is that if you teach a man anything he will never learn it; and if you cure him of a disease he will be unable to cure himself the next time it attacks him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Ladies and gentlemen are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

I was always unlawful; I broke the law when I was born because my parents weren't married.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means.There is no such thing in the country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

People must not be forced to adopt me as their favourite author, even for their own good.

By Anonym 15 Sep

George Bernard Shaw

There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough.