George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education. By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most pr... More


George Bernard Shaw Quotes

George Bernard Shaw #Age

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw #Anniversary #Marriage

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw #Art

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw #Art #Education #Science

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw #Art #Power

She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw #Art

You use a glass mirror to see your face you use works of art to see your soul.
George Bernard Shaw #Art #Government

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
George Bernard Shaw #Courage #Good #Great

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw #Beauty #Knowledge #Love #Truth

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
George Bernard Shaw #Best #Gardening #God

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw #Best

I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
George Bernard Shaw #Business

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw #Business

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
George Bernard Shaw #Communication

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw #Courage

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
George Bernard Shaw #Courage #Good #Great

He's a man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw #Death #Life #Men

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
George Bernard Shaw #Dreams

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw #Experience #History #Learning

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw #Experience #Men

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
George Bernard Shaw #Experience #Men

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
George Bernard Shaw #Failure

My reputation grows with every failure.
George Bernard Shaw #Family

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw #Family

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw #Family

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.