George Bernard Shaw Study

George Bernard Shaw Study

Visited Shaw’s Corner recently and connected with the mind of a deep thinking man. He wrote in a shed in his garden, but this was his home study. The lady from the National Trust informed me that since he left his house to the trust, it remained largely unchanged.

He was an interesting man, I suspect (though it’s not fully documented, because according to history, nobody before the 70s ever had sex and all their affairs were platonic) that he was a ladies man – ladies obviously liked his beard.

His one true love seemed to be the socially inaccessible actress Mrs Pat Campbell – they wrote many letters to one another which had to be heavily edited before they were published (to help an impoverished Mrs Pat) to spare his wife’s feelings (she was rather upset by it all). It’s also stated that he and his wife had a purely platonic marriage, although they were the best of friends.

I tried talking to the walls, but they remained tight-lipped about the whole affair.

Through my own observation, intuition and looking at the collection of sculptures, pictures and the ornaments, I felt able to connect with this influential writer-dramatist. It really brought the history alive.

I’m not all that familiar with his work, just many of his quotes have struck a chord and having done some research, there are so many things he wrote about that I agree with – I’m starting at his unpleasant plays – and I agree with his outlook. The only thing I disagree with is his stance on eugenics, but I don’t believe in eugenics (or transhumanism – certainly not with all institutions betraying public trust). In my opinion, eugenics was incongruous with his stated beliefs that everyone should be given a chance regardless of their class.

But I’ve never been one to have to agree 100% with someone’s thinking before I can take the rest of what they say with any merit – ideas evolve over centuries, minds, and generations.

 

Top 10 George Bernard Shaw quotes 

  1. We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
  2. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
  3. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  4. No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
  5. 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.
  6. Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
  7. The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
  8. The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
  9. A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
  10. Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

 

© Nicola Kirk
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2 Comments

    1. That’s how I feel… and GBS’s house is special because it’s almost exactly as it was the day he passed on. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable, his desk interesting, lots of knick knacks everywhere, wonderful autographed pictures of very influential leaders and beautiful gardens. It is as if he just stepped out and the moment paused indefinitely… really wonderful house to visit. Highly recommended!

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