George Bernard Shaw Biography, Age, Height, Relationship and Quotes

George Bernard Shaw Biography

George Bernard Shaw also know at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist, he was born on 20 July 1856 in Portobello, Dublin, Ireland. He has a great influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. George Bernard Shaw was born in Dubin and afterwards moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education But finally By his mid-1880s he had becomed a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra.

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George Bernard Shaw Plays

Plays Unpleasant
  • Widowers’ Houses
  • The Philanderer
  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession
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Plays Pleasant
  • Arms and the Man
  • Candida
  • The Man of Destiny
  • You Can Never Tell
Three Plays for Puritans
  • The Devil’s Disciple
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Captain Brassbound’s Conversion
  • The Admirable Bashville
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  • Man and Superman
  • John Bull’s Other Island
  • How He Lied to Her Husband
  • Major Barbara
  • The Doctor’s Dilemma
  • Getting Married
  • The Glimpse of Reality
  • The Fascinating Foundling
  • Press Cuttings
  • Misalliance
  • Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress
  • The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
  • Fanny’s First Play
  • Overruled
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • Pygmalion
  • The Great Catherine
  • The Inca of Perusalem
  • O’Flaherty VC
  • Augustus Does His Bit
  • Heartbreak House
  • Back to Methuselah
Saint Joan
  • In the Beginning
  • The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabus
  • The Thing Happens
  • Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman
  • As Far as Thought Can Reach
  • The Apple Cart
  • Too True to be Good
  • On the Rocks
  • The Six of Calias
  • The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles
  • The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet
  • The Millionaires
  • Geneva
  • In Good King Charles Golden Days
  • Bouyant Billions
  • Shakes Versus Shav

George Bernard Shaw Short Stories

  • The Black Girl in Search of God
  • The Miraculous Revenge

George Bernard Shaw Novels

  • Immaturity
  • Cashel Byron’s Profession
  • The Unsocial Socialist
  • The Irrational Knot
  • Love Among the Artists

Essays by George Bernard Shaw

  • The Quintessence of Ibenism
  • The Perfect Wagnerite, Commentary on the Ring
  • Maxims for Revolutionists
  • Preface to Major Barabara
  • How to Write a Popular Play
  • Treatise on Parents and Children
  • Common Sense about the War
  • The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism
  • Dictators-Let Us Have More of Them
  • “Shaw’s Music: The Complete Musical Criticism of Bernard Shaw in Three Volumes”
  • “Shaw on Shakespeare: An Anthology of Bernard Shaw’s Writings”

George Bernard Shaw Awards

  • George Bernard Shaw is the winner of Nobel Prize in Literature which was awarded in
  • George Bernard Shaw is the winner of Best Adapted Screenplay Awards in 1939
  • George Bernard Shaw is the winner of New York Drama Critics’ Circle Special Citation awarded in 1952

George Bernard Shaw Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • My reputation grows with every failure. – George Bernard Shaw
  • All great truths begin as blasphemies. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. – George Bernard Shaw
  • What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car? – George Bernard Shaw
  • The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people. – George Bernard Shaw
  • In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. – George Bernard Shaw
  • 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. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. – George Bernard Shaw
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  • Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo. – George Bernard Shaw
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. – George Bernard Shaw
  • There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold. – George Bernard Shaw
  • If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. – George Bernard Shaw
  • If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion. – George Bernard Shaw
  • There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. – George Bernard Shaw
  • When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. – George Bernard Shaw
  • We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence. – George Bernard Shaw
  • There is no sincerer love than the love of food. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous. – George Bernard Shaw
  • You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Science never solves a problem without creating ten more. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. – George Bernard Shaw
  • If women were particular about men’s characters, they would never get married at all. – George Bernard Shaw
  • What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Lack of money is the root of all evil. – George Bernard Shaw
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  • I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. – George Bernard Shaw
  • It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics. – George Bernard Shaw
  • If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Very few people can afford to be poor. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Syllables govern the world. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Hell is full of musical amateurs. – George Bernard Shaw
  • A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. – George Bernard Shaw
  • One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? – George Bernard Shaw
  • Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. – George Bernard Shaw
  • No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. – George Bernard Shaw
  • First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. – George Bernard Shaw
  • A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. – George Bernard Shaw
  • A happy family is but an earlier heaven. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population. – George Bernard Shaw

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