‘Tis the birthday of George Bernard Shaw. That’s right, the Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature {1925}, was born July 26, 1856. In honor of his big day, a few of his words:

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”

Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

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

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.”

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”

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.”

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.”

A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.”

All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.”

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.”

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.”

Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.”

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.”

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.”