Happy Birthday, George Bernard Shaw


GB Shaw

George Bernard Shaw ( 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright (who held both British and Irish citizenship), critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theater, 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 (1903), Pygmalion (1913) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation. 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.


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

 

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