George Bernard Shaw was born July 26, 1856, in Dublin, and died in England on November 2, 1950. Shaw wrote sixty plays dealing with social problems but used humor as a means to lighten the message. He was a noted socialist. His Pygmalion, was made into the musical, My Fair Lady.
Joe McGinnis wrote in his book on Alaska that Alaska was one of these anomalies where everybody goes to Alaska to get away from everybody else but the elements are so severe that the only way to survive is to get along with everybody else.
What do you think of Joe?
Independence? That's middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. (Pygmalion; 1912)
Do you agree with Lewis Carroll that life is better through the looking glass?
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (Maxims for Revolutionists; 1903)
In other words?
You see things as they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things as they never were and ask, "Why not?" (Back to Methuselah; 1921)
Victor Hugo said Homer was the first person he would see in heaven, how about you?
The schoolboy who uses his Homer to throw at his fellow's head makes perhaps the safest and most rational use of him. (Man and Superman; 1903)
What’s the golden rule?
The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. (Maxims for Revolutionists)
How about a silver rule?
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. (Maxims for Revolutionists)
Let’s go for the bronze?
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it. (Maxims for Revolutionists)
You wrote a lot about the sexes, Pygmalion being your most famous. How would you define a relationship?
When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part. (Getting Married; 1908)
So are relationships good or is better to stay single?
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to get it. (Man and Superman)
And if you’re stuck in one of these relationships?
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel. (The Philanderer; 1893)
And why are these quarrels often never-ending?
Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another. (Pygmalion 1913)
Let’s try a few questions on truth and honesty
How would you define truth?
All great truths begin as blasphemies. (Annajanska; 1919)
All kidding aside are there any consequences to lying?
A liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. (Quintessence Of Ibsenism; 1891;1913)
How do you deal with it personally?
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world. (John Bull's Other Island; 1917)
What about some other human traits – Compassion?
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. (The Devil's Disciple, Act II; 1901)
People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. (Mrs. Warren's Profession; 1893)
Britain vs. America I?
We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners. (You Never Can Tell, Act I; 1898)
Britain vs. America II
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ow-ow-oo-oo!!! I ain't dirty: I washed me face and hands afore I come, I did! (Pygmalion1913)
OK not sure if that last answered applied to Britain or America.
Let’s try Britain vs. America III? Maybe add something on Brexit, Trump, and Sanders
Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them. (Androcles and the Lion; 1913)
Ever try a real profession?
It is more dangerous to be a great prophet or poet than to promote twenty companies for swindling simple folk out of their savings. (Misalliance; 1910)
Ever think of retiring?
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell. (Misalliance; 1910)
You’ve been around a couple of centuries – what have you seen on Earth that fascinates you, since you expired?
The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last. (Three Plays for Puritans, Preface; 1900)
Put another way?
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. (Back to Methuselah; 1921)
The key to a long life?
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. (Overruled; 1912)
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. (The Doctor's Dilemma; 1911)