George Bernard Shaw Quotes

George Bernard Shaw Quote: Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple.... Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
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Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple.... Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
George Bernard Shaw (Letter of Condolences, 1913)
A man's interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself. When you are a child your vessel is not yet full; so you care for nothing but your own affairs. When you grow up, your vessel overflows; and you are a politician, a philosopher, or an explorer and adventurer. In old age the vessel dries up: there is no overflow: you are a child again.
George Bernard Shaw (Heartbreak House, 1919)
Brave and resolute men, when they are rascals, will not risk their skins for the good of humanity, and, when they are sympathetic enough to care for humanity, abhor murder, and never commit it until their consciences are outraged beyond endurance. The remedy is, then, simply not to outrage their consciences.
George Bernard Shaw (Major Barbara - Preface, 1905)
Where you now see reform, progress, fulfilment of upward tendency, continual ascent by Man on the stepping stones of his dead selves to higher things, you will see nothing but an infinite comedy of illusion. You will discover the profound truth of the saying of my friend Koheleth, that there is nothing new under the sun.
George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman - Act III, 1903)
A man of genius is not a man who sees more than other men do. On the contrary, it is very often found that he is absentminded and observes much less than other people.... Why is it that the public have such an exaggerated respect for him - after he is dead? The reason is that the man of genius understands the importance of the few things he sees.
George Bernard Shaw (Speech in London, 1911)
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman - Epistle Dedicatory, 1903)
When the military man approaches, the world locks up its spoons and packs off its womankind. No: I sing, not arms and the hero, but the philosophic man: he who seeks in contemplation to discover the inner will of the world, in invention to discover the means of fulfilling that will, and in action to do that will by the so-discovered means.
George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman - Act III, 1903)
Religion is a great force - the only real motive force in the world; but what you fellows don't understand is that you must get at a man through his own religion and not through yours... You are all missionaries and proselytizers trying to uproot the native religion from your neighbor's flowerbeds and plant your own in its place.
George Bernard Shaw (Getting Married, 1908)
But a mother is like a broomstick or like the sun in the heavens, it does not matter which as far as one's knowledge of her is concerned: the broomstick is there and the sun is there; and whether the child is beaten by it or warmed and enlightened by it, it accepts it as a fact in nature, and does not conceive it as having had youth, passions, and weaknesses, or as still growing, yearning, suffering, and learning.
George Bernard Shaw (Misalliance, 1910)
The power that produced Man when the monkey was not up to the mark, can produce a higher creature than Man if Man does not come up to the mark. What it means is that if Man is to be saved, Man must save himself. There seems no compelling reason why he should be saved. He is by no means an ideal creature. At his present best many of his ways are so unpleasant that they are unmentionable in polite society, and so painful that he is compelled to pretend that pain is often a good. Nature holds no brief for the human experiment: it must stand or fall by its results. If Man will not serve, Nature will try another experiment.
George Bernard Shaw (Back to Methuselah, 1920)
What a piece of work is man! says the poet. Yes: but what a blunderer! Here is the highest miracle of organization yet attained by life, the most intensely alive thing that exists, the most conscious of all the organisms; and yet, how wretched are his brains! Stupidity made sordid and cruel by the realities learnt from toil and poverty: Imagination resolved to starve sooner than face these realities, piling up illusions to hide them, and calling itself cleverness, genius! And each accusing the other of its own defect: Stupidity accusing Imagination of folly, and Imagination accusing Stupidity of ignorance: whereas, alas! Stupidity has all the knowledge, and Imagination all the intelligence.
George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman - Act III, 1903)
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George Bernard Shaw Biography

Born: July 26, 1856
Died: November 2, 1950

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and activist. He is best known for his abundant plays and his contribution to literature. He was also awarded a Nobel Prize for literature in 1925.

Notable Works

Mrs Warren's Profession (1893)
Candida (1894)
You Never Can Tell (1897)
The Devil's Disciple (1897)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1898)
Man and Superman (1903)
Major Barbara (1905)
The Doctor's Dilemma (1906)
Getting Married (1908)
Misalliance (1910)
Androcles and the Lion (1912)
Pygmalion (1912)
Annajanska (1917)
Heartbreak House (1919)
Back to Methuselah (1920)
Saint Joan (1923)
The Apple Cart (1928)
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