george bernard shaw
this quote embedded in me.. even before starting any of this..
yet.. not adding George page.. until seeing this quote on video interview of Boyan..
progress is impossible w/o change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – George Barnard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was a Nobel-Prize-winning Irishplaywright, critic and passionate socialist whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics stretched from the 1880s to his death in 1950, at 94 one of the world’s most famous men.
Originally earning his way as an influential London music and theater critic, Shaw’s greatest gift was for the modern drama. He wrote more than 60 plays, among them Man and Superman, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara,Saint Joan, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Pygmalion. With his range from biting contemporary satire to historical allegory, Shaw became the leading comedy dramatist of his generation and one of the most important playwrights in the English language since the 17th century.
“Shaw was also the most trenchant pamphleteer since Swift, the most readable music critic in English, the best theatre critic of his generation, a prodigious lecturer and essayist on politics, economics, and sociological subjects, and one of the most prolific letter writers in literature,” sums up Stanley Weintraub in the Encyclopædia Britannica. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925.
As a young man raised in poverty, Shaw embraced socialism and became an early and lifelong force in the Fabian Society, a highly influential British organization, founded in 1884, to promote a gradual, as opposed to revolutionary, socialism and as such became the foundation for the British Labour Party in 1900. He tirelessly wrote and spoke on behalf of its wide-ranging vision to transform British society, advocating a minimum wage for the working-class, universal healthcare, women’s right to vote, pacifism and the abolition of hereditary privilege.
via Maria on suffering
[also changed his pic from wikipedia pic to one on her post – love it]
Poverty and pain are not cumulative: you must not let your spirit be crushed by the fancy that it is. If you can stand the suffering of one person you can fortify yourself with the reflection that the suffering of a million is no worse: nobody has more than one stomach to fill nor one frame to be stretched on the rack.
those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – GBS