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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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“A learned man is an idler who kills time by study.”

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“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

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“Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity ...

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“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”

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