George Bernard Shaw

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. He was the first person to be awarded both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, receiving the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature and sharing the 1938 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film version of Pygmalion.

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A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.

Men are wise in proportion not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.

Power does not corrupt men, fools however if they get into a position of power corrupt power.

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire, the other is to get it.

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

Why except as a means of livelihood a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in is not clear to me.

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

Syllables govern the world.

Never fret for an only son the idea of failure will never occur to him.

Man can climb to the highest summits but he cannot dwell there long.

Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.

There is only one religion though there are a hundred versions of it.

It's so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right.

Use your health even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die, do not outlive yourself.

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation.

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

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