Shaw the man
- George Bernard Shaw joined the Fabian Society in 1885.
- The Fabian Society had a number of well-known leaders and members at the time, including Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Annie Besant and Edward Carpenter.
- The Fabian Society challenged the capitalist model, believing that it had created an unfair and imbalanced society.
- Shaw was actively involved with the Fabian Society, writing a number of pamphlets for the cause. Many of Shaw's plays were also vehicles to forward the Fabian cause, and infuse society with his political beliefs.
- Beatrice Webb wrote in her diary about Shaw, 'He has been for twelve years a devoted propagandist, hammering away at the ordinary routine of Fabian Executive work with as much persistence as Graham Wallas or Sidney (Webb).'
10 of our favourite Shaw quotes
- Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself
- I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides, the pig likes it.
- We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
- The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- The government who robs Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.
- If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance
- There is no love sincerer than the love of food
- Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable
- You see things and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were and I say 'Why not?'
- Hell is full of musical amateurs
George Bernard Shaw at home in 1946
Shaw was a world-famous celebrity who was filmed many times in his long life. This video from the Pathe news archive sees him at home here at Shaw's Corner in 1946 at the grand old age of 90.