George Bernard Shaw


George Bernard Shaw was born in Ireland on July 26th, 1856. He moved to London in 1876 at age 20.  He wrote over 60 plays throughout his lifespan and was awarded in 1925 the Noble Prize in Literature.

The Life Of George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw– Born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856. He is the youngest child, with two older sisters. His education was composed of tutoring sessions that were provided by his uncle. Shaw showed interest in the world of arts, such as music and literature. He explored the National Gallery of Ireland with his mother during his early childhood years. His family moved to London, where Shaw was financially struggling, and his mother supported him while he worked on his first novel in the British Museum reading room. Sadly, he experiences multiple failures, and publishers rejected his writings and hard work. In 1884, he joined the Fabian Society and was given an opportunity to edit famous socialism essays. This opened numerous doors for his writing career.

What Can We Learn From George Bernard Shaw?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

George Bernard Shaw experiences failure and made mistakes, and he embraces it. We should not be afraid of failures, and let fear get in the way of doing something. Rather than staying on the safe side of life, we should take a couple of risks. In the end, we will glad we did rather than living with regret. As Shaw quoted;

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
Create Your Own Identity

Some individuals have trouble finding their own identity.  Instead, they socialize with different groups and allow themselves to be influenced until they no longer know who they truly are.  Be unique, and develop your own identity. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  In other words, don’t try to find your identity in this world, create it.

Imagination is powerful

Imagination is the beginning for everything. It has more power than any advice or books that you will ever come across. Imagination spark innovation and creativity.  Some of the most influential artists and scientists have the ability to think outside of the box, turning their imagination into actions that changed our lives today.  George Shaw Bernard had an enormous amount of imagination to write 60 successful plays throughout his life. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”  Have more imagination and believe in your dreams! (view imagination quotes here)

Don’t focus on hate and negativity

If you have hate and negativity in your heart, your mind will never produce anything rewarding. Have positivity and kindness in your heart, and the quality of your life will improve with better health and productivity.  As Bernard quoted Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.  Don’t put your time and energy into hating people,  use it wisely to do something meaningful.


Have a purpose

To live a satisfying life, we must have a purpose. There are people today in different countries (Syria) fighting to survive because they have a purpose, they have young children and want to live to protect their family. It is important to have a reason to live. As Bernard quoted, ‘satisfaction is death,’ having everything in life, means you have no purpose, it is necessary to keep active, establishing new goals and doing something meaningful every day. “As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”- George Bernard Shaw. We must always have a ‘want’; Bernard isn’t referring to material wealth here, more like learning a new skill, sharing your story with the world, a purpose-driven career, or accomplishing a milestone- at any age!


Keep Changing

To achieve something we never had, we must be willing to do something we never did. If we are unwilling to change, we will be left behind. We live in a world that is changing every day, and we should be able to accept change to survive. Progress is only possible with change, as Bernard quoted “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  In other words, don’t be stubborn in your ways, be flexible and willing to adapt to changes.


George Bernard Shaw Quotes


George Bernard Shaw- A lot of curiosity with first love

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.      George Bernard Shaw
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George Bernard Shaw -Never to wrestle with a pig

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.      George
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George Bernard Shaw- Write your sad times in sand

Write your sad times in sand, write your good times in stone. George Bernard Shaw
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Being a Coward Being Being Hero- George Bernard Shaw

You cannot be a hero without being a coward. George Bernard Shaw
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Keep Yourself Clean and Bright-George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. George Bernard Shaw
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George Bernard Shaw- When Your Heart is Broken

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart
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George Bernard Shaw- A Liar’s Punishment

The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.     
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George Bernard Shaw-Success Involves Making Mistakes

Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard
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George Bernard Shaw- On First Love

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
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George Bernard Shaw- Love For Food

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. -George Bernard Shaw Source:  Man and Superman (1903)  p. 23
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George Bernard Shaw On Wrong Things

"If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything left for us to do, would there?" Original
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George Bernard Shaw- A Stupid Man Action

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. George
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George Bernard Shaw- Pessimist Man

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself and hates them for it.  -George Bernard
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George Bernard Shaw-Without Hope

He who has never hoped can never despair. - George Bernard Shaw
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George Bernard Shaw Quote On Jealousy

Never waste jealousy on a real man:_ it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
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