Author: George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

We learn from experience that men never learn from experience.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything; that points clearly to a political career.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Home is the girl's prison and the woman's workhouse.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

There would never be any public agreement among doctors if they did not agree to agree on the main point of the doctor being always on the right.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

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

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

The faults of the burglar are qualities of the financier.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Alcohol… enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Rich men without convictions are more dangerous in modern society than poor women without chastity.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

My mother married a very good man… and she is not at all keen on my doing the same.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Nowadays a parlor maid as ignorant as Queen Victoria was when she came to the throne would be classed as mentally defective.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

Alfred Hitchcock: One look at you and I know there's famine in the land.

Shaw’s reply: One look at you, Mr. Hitchcock, and I know who caused it.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

I knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

England and America are two countries separated by a common language.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

We have in England a curious belief in first-rate people, meaning all the people we do not know; and this consoles us for the undeniable second-rateness of the people we do know.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist
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