day 109 – Musing on a Famous Writer

George Bernard Shaw

I recall reading Pygmalion in Junior or High School either as an assignment or just because… I wanted to read the original My Fair Lady story.

Shaw was known for his razor sharp wit but many do not know his wife had just as much Shavian wit.  When he asked her “Isn’t it true, my dear, that male judgment is superior to female judgment?”

She replied, “Of course, dear.” She paused and added briefly. “ After all, you married me and I you.”

Shaw coined the word English word superman, not Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra.  But Shaw did take the German philosopher’s word ubermensch and translated it, writing Man and Superman in 1903.  Later the comic book character came to be popularized in the 1930s.

My favorite quote (and he has many wisecracks) is “The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want.  And, if they can’t find them, make them.”


Get up and create your life!

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