Friday, March 31, 2006

 

George Bernard Shaw

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

I read the above quotation when I was last checking my email. It was a google ad that took me to this page of quotations. Upon reading it, I felt the need to look up some more information on Mr. Shaw. I have heard of him, but never really took the time to learn anything else. So here are some interesting things:

Apparently he hated the name George and never went by it. It was only after his death that people started to use all three names and that is how it has continued.

He was a noted socialist who took a leading role in the Fabian Society. He played a pivotal role with the Fabian Society and wrote a number of their pamphlets. He argued that property was theft and for an equitable distribution of land and capital. He was involved with the formation of the Labour Party. (influenced by Henry George)

His ironic wit endowed the language with the adjective "Shavian" to refer to such clever observations as "England and America are two countries divided by a common language."

Concerned about the inconsistency of English spelling, he willed a portion of his wealth to fund the creation of a new phonemic alphabet for the English language.

Shaw had a long time friendship with G. K. Chesterton, the Catholic-convert British writer, and there are many humorous stories about their complicated relationship.

Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938).

Shaw stated in a letter to Henry James on January 17, 1909:
I, as a Socialist, have had to preach, as much as anyone, the enormous power of the environment. We can change it; we must change it; there is absolutely no other sense in life than the task of changing it. What is the use of writing plays, what is the use of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.”

Bernard Shaw was a noted vegetarian.



Yeah... so far nothing I have read fits with the quotation above. More at Wiki

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The quote comes from Everybody's Political What's What? (1944) ch. 30. I guess you'll have to check out the book to know what context that's in.
 
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