George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) – irlandzki pisarz i dramaturg, autor komedii Pigmalion (1913), laureat Nagrody Nobla w dziedzinie literatury (1925).
Oto wybrane powiedzenia tego genialnego samouka i erudyty:
- A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
- Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
- Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
- Better never than late.
- Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
- Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
- Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
- I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
- If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.
- In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.
- Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
- No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
- Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
- The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.