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Quotes By George Bernard Shaw

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DOB
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26-07-1856
DOD
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2-11-1950
Apart from his literary prowess, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw also gained a lot of prominence for his dry humor and sarcasm. This aspect of his personality was very evident during Shaw’s interactions with those who wished to use his literary works to gain commercial success. One such instance was during the meeting between the renowned American movie producer, Sam Goldwyn and George. Sam contacted Shaw to buy the rights for a few of the acclaimed author’s plays. The writer put forth an extensive set of rigid terms, which Goldwyn presumed he could haggle about. The Hollywood stalwart tried deterring the playwright from his stance by saying, "Think of millions of people who would get a chance to see your plays who would otherwise never see them. Think of the contribution it would be to art." To this, the master of wit replied, "The trouble is, Mr. Goldwyn, that you think of nothing but Art and I think of nothing but money." However, the attitude of Shaw was completely different when the then struggling Hungarian filmmaker, Gabriel Pascal approached the writer. Pascal expressed his interest in producing the dramatist's plays. When asked how much money the film-maker had for funding the works, Gabriel replied, "Fifteen shillings and six pence – but I owe a pound." His brazenness impressed Shaw to such an extent that the author went ahead and paid the one pound to the film-maker to clear off all debts. Their association resulted in the highly acclaimed 1938 British film, ‘Pygmalion’. They also went on to create magic with subsequent movies such as ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ and ‘Major Barbara’.

Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.

- George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

- George Bernard Shaw

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

- George Bernard Shaw

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

- Getting Married , George Bernard Shaw

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

- Immaturity , George Bernard Shaw

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

- George Bernard Shaw

Youth is wasted on the young.

- George Bernard Shaw

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

- George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

- Man and Superman , George Bernard Shaw

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

- Leadership Skills for Managers , George Bernard Shaw

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.

- George Bernard Shaw

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

- George Bernard Shaw

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.

- George Bernard Shaw

Christmas is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred.

- George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.

- George Bernard Shaw

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

- The Doctor's Dilemma: A Tragedy , George Bernard Shaw

Love is the gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.

- George Bernard Shaw

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.

- George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

- Man and Superman , George Bernard Shaw

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

- George Bernard Shaw

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

- George Bernard Shaw

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- Man and Superman , George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

- George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

- George Bernard Shaw

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

- George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

- George Bernard Shaw

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

- George Bernard Shaw

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.

- George Bernard Shaw

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

- George Bernard Shaw

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

- Caesar and Cleopatra , George Bernard Shaw

A man who has no office to go, to I don't care who he is, is a trial of which you can have no conception.

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- George Bernard Shaw

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.

- George Bernard Shaw

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.

- George Bernard Shaw

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.

- George Bernard Shaw

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