Wednesday, January 18, 2012

George Bernard Shaw: Great Author Series

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics. His over 60 mainly satirical plays dealt with prevailing social problems including education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. As an ardent socialist, Shaw was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar for his screen adaptation of Pygmalion in 1938.

Select Quotes

-Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

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

-You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?

-If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

-You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

-The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.

-People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.

-Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

Selected by quoteflections.

-If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

-This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

-When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

-Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

-My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

-A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.

- As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

-Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.

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