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

What a man believes may be ascertained not from his creed but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.

Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.

Very few people can afford to be poor.

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

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

The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.

We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money.

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

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.

Few people think more than two or three times a year, I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.

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

An index is a great leveller.

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

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

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