George Bernard Shaw
b. 7-26-1856; Dublin, Ireland
d. 11-2-1950; Hertfordshire, England
Playwright, journalist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics, George Bernard Shaw, wrote more than 60 plays.
Shaw was a member of the Fabian Society and many of his works address prevailing social problems and by employing comedy he was able to bring problems of education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege to the forefront.
FYI ~ Shaw was acquainted with Peter Kropotkin.
George Bernard Shaw quotes ~
• “A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”
• “A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”
• “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
• “A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”
• “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
• “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
• “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
• “Youth is wasted on the young.”
• “All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” ~ Preface to Mrs. Warren's Profession
• The Cambridge Companion to Geroge Bernard Shaw
• 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature
• My Fair Lady
• Shaw quote poster
• George Bernard Shaw in Irish Writers Composite poster