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George Bernard Shaw Quotes


George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw rose to literary prominence in the early part of the twentieth century to become the most distinguished English language dramatist since William Shakespeare. This affable Irish man was a wordsmith beyond compare and as such he was also good for a few one liners so here is my compilation of 15 of the best George Bernard Shaw quotes. I hope you enjoy reading them
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: George Bernard Shaw
  • Born: 26th July 1856, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: 2nd November 1950, Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England
  • Occupation: Critic, author and playwright
  • Awards: In 1925 he was awarded the nobel prize for literature and in 1938 he won an academy award for the movie Pygmalion thus making him the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar
  • Pseudonyms: When working as a columnist he often used the monikers "GBS" and "Corno di Bassetto"
  • Diet: For many years he was an avid vegetarian
  • Legacy: In an unusual turn of events Shaw bequeathed a significant sum of money for the development of a 40 letter alphabet that was meant to replace the incumbent 26 letter alphabet
  • Trivia: He is often regarded as the best European playwright of the last 2 centuries and second only to Shakespeare as the most important English language playwright of all time

"A cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other"

George Bernard Shaw

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute"

George Bernard Shaw

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing"

George Bernard Shaw

"Most people do not pray; they only beg"

George Bernard Shaw

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it"

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

"My specialty is being right when other people are wrong"

George Bernard Shaw

"Beware of false knowledge; It is more dangerous than ignorance"

George Bernard Shaw

"Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn"

George Bernard Shaw

"Our lives are shaped not as much by our experiences as by our expectations"

George Bernard Shaw

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place"

George Bernard Shaw

"Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything"

George Bernard Shaw

"The best way to get your point across is to entertain"

George Bernard Shaw

"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life"

George Bernard Shaw

"Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not"

George Bernard Shaw

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