George Bernard Shaw Love Quotes and Sayings
1. The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
2. I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
3. First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
4. Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care and class privilege, and found them all defective.
He was most angered by the exploitation of the working class, and most of his writings censure that abuse. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal political rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived. They settled in Ayot St. Lawrence in a house now called Shaw’s Corner. Shaw died there, aged 94, from chronic problems exacerbated by injuries he incurred by falling.
He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion, respectively. Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife’s behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.
Sayings by George Bernard Shaw
1. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. I hear you say “Why?” Always “Why?” You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
5. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
6. The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
7. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
8. Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
9. Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
10. A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
11. I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
12. A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
13. Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
14. If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.
15. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
16. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
17. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
18. Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
19. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
20. Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
21. The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
22. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
23. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
24. We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
25. When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
26. When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
27. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
28. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible.
29. Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends.