English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist
"To say that a man is vain simply means that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself."
"A crowd, proportionately to its size, magnifies all that in its units pertains to the emotions, and diminishes all that in them pertains to thought."
"Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth."
"As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal."
"But the dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end."
"I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him."
"It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait."
"Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up."
"Not that I had any special reason for hating school. Strange as it may seem to my readers, I was not unpopular there. I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable."
"She was one of the people who say I don't know anything about music really, but I know what I like."
"Strange when you come to think of it, that of all the countless folk who have lived before our time on this planet not one is known in history for in legend as having died of laughter."
"The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end."
"The most perfect caricature is that which, on a small surface, with the simplest means, most accurately exaggerates, to the highest point, the peculiarities of a human being, at his most characteristic moment in the most beautiful manner."
"To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine."
"To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be."
"We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans."
"You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men."
"You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men."