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 :: 1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist

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Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Self-denial]

 

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Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Self-sacrifice]

 

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Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Servants]

 

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We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Shame]

 

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Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Silence]

 

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It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Sincerity]

 

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A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Sleep]

 

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When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Song and Singing]

 

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We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Soul]

 

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I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Speech]

 

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I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Success]

 

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Success covers a multitude of blunders.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Success]

 

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A man of great common sense and good taste -- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Taste]

 

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A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Taxes and Taxation]

 

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He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.
~ George Bernard Shaw - [Trade Unions]

 

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