George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard
Shaw
1856
1950

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist

Author Quotes

We cut the throat of a calf and hang it up by the heels to bleed to death so that our veal cutlet may be white; we nail geese to a board and cram them with food because we like the taste of liver disease; we tear birds to pieces to decorate our women's hats; we mutilate domestic animals for no reason at all except to follow an instinctively cruel fashion; and we connive at the most abominable tortures in the hope of discovering some magical cure for our own diseases by them.

We throw the whole drudgery of creation on one sex, and then imply that no female of any delicacy would initiate any effort in that direction.

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

Thus, I blush to add, you cannot be a philosopher and a good man, though you may be a philosopher and a great one.

Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.

We don t stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.

We veneer civilization by doing unkind things in a kind way.

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?

When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.

Time enough to think of the future when you haven't any future to think of.

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.

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.

We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!

What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say ''I know'' instead of ''I am learning,'' and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.

There was only one virtue, pugnacity; only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war.

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.

Very few people can afford to be poor.

We don't stop playing because we grow old - we grow old because we stop playing.

Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can't blame them for that, can you?

What is wrong with the prosaic Englishman is what is wrong with the prosaic men of all countries: stupidity.

When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.

They have accepted the burden of eternal life. They have taken the agony from birth; and their life does not fail them even in the hour of their destruction.

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

Author Picture
First Name
George Bernard
Last Name
Shaw
Birth Date
1856
Death Date
1950
Bio

Irish Playwright, Critic, Social Reformer and Political Activist