Quotes by: George Bernard Shaw
If I own a large part of Scotland, I can turn the people off the land practically into the sea or across the sea. I can take women in child-bearing and throw them into the snow and leave them there. That has been done. I can do it for no better reason than I think it is better to shoot deer on the land than allow people to live on it.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
Socialism never arises in the earlier phases of capitalism, as, for instance, among the pioneers of civilisation in a country where there is plenty of land available for private appropriation by the last comer.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
If women were particular about men's characters, they would never get married at all.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
A statesman who confines himself to popular legislation - or, for the matter of that, a playwright who confines himself to popular plays - is like a blind man's dog who goes wherever the blind man pulls him, on the ground that both of them want to go to the same place.
I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.