George Bernard Shaw ( 26/07/1856 –02/11/1950 ) was an Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was MUSIC & LITERARY CRITICISM, his main talent was for DRAMA, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. For a short time, he was active in local politics, serving on the LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film PYGMALION respectively.
SHAW’S QUOTES : —
(1) Do not do unto others as you expect they should do to you. Their tastes may not be the same.
(2) A life spent, making mistakes, is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
(3) Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
(4) Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. (
5) The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
(6) Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
(7) If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
(8) A government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.
(9) We are made wise not by the recollections of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
(10) I learned, long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
(11) Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
(12) People who say, ‘it cannot be done’ should not interrupt those who are doing it.
(13) Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
(14) Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time.
(15) The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them : that’s the essence of inhumanity.
(16) You cannot be a hero, without being a coward.
(17) The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism, by those who have not got it.
(18) Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down, and you’re a Shakespeare.
(19) A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition and art into pedantry. Hence University Education.
(20) Alcohol is the anesthesia, by which we endure the operation of life.
(21) You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul
(22) The secret to success, is to offend the greatest number of people.
(23) It is the mark of a truly intelligent person, to be moved by statistics.
(24) Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn
(25) When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls is ferocity.
(26) The test of a man or woman’s breeding is, how they behave in a quarrel.
(27) If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
(28) He who can — does; he who cannot — teaches.
(29) Do not try to live forever; you will not succeed.
(30) The only service a friend can really render, is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.