Later today I will head out the door to see the play Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. Shaw is one of my favorite authors. Back in the eighties, I read just about everything he wrote, and a volume of his complete works has a place of honor on my bookshelf. Just a minute ago, I Googled “Shaw quotes.” These are too good not to share with you:
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
Youth is wasted on the young.
Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?
Robert Kennedy made that last quote his own, which best captures the spirit of a decade that witnessed civil rights, Woodstock, and a man on the moon. There was a dark side to the age, but we thought we could change that, too. Then we grew older and became realists. A lot of us stopped playing. We let the people who said it couldn’t be down interrupt us. We settled, instead, for wrestling with pigs.
But we can save the serious stuff for later. Shaw may have been a passionate social reformer who used his pen to change the world, but he knew the value of laughter. In an age before Seinfeld, Pygmalion was the best thing going. Tonight, I will laugh my ass off.
Question: Laughter in your life. Fire away.
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Published On: January 27, 2013
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