The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
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.
I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
The seven deadly sins: food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.
When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
Every man is a revolutionist concerning the thing he understands. For example, every person who has mastered a profession is a sceptic concerning it, and consequently a revolutionist.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict without a single amiable trait.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles.
A strange lady giving an address in Zurich wrote him [Shaw] a proposal, thus: `You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.' Shaw asked: `What if the child inherits my body and your brains?'
Alcohol is a very necessary article. It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
He who has never hoped can never despair.