George Bernard Shaw

“Dear Sir, Your profession has, as usual, destroyed your brain.” [in a letter to a journalist]

“A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.”

“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”

“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend — if you have one.” [to Winston Churchill]

“I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.”

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they’ll kill you.”

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“A man without an address is a vagabond. A man with two addresses is a libertine.”


“A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for a living at 70, sooner than work at anything but his art.”