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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Youth

21 Aug

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
― Oscar Wilde

Very wise words, but did dear old Mr. Shaw really say that or did he borrow the phrase? Personally, I “borrow” other people’s wise words all the time. But then, I say some pretty profound or funny things all the time and tell people to feel free to use it, no credit needed…I am that prolifically funny. Not! Upon investigation of this quote, this is what I learned:

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2097
AUTHOR: George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
QUOTATION: Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to GEORGE BERNARD SHAW.—Franklin P. Adams, FPA Book of Quotations, p. 883 (1952).

Archibald Henderson, in his third biography of Shaw, George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century, chapter 62, p. 845 (1956), included this statement (using “sin” instead of “crime”) in a section of anecdotes. He had not included this in earlier biographies of 1911 and 1932.

The anecdote apparently was first told in the 1930s, since it is one which appears in Lewis and Faye Copeland, 10,000 Jokes, Toasts, & Stories, p. 555 (1939, 1940). It was also used in Reader’s Digest, April 1940, p. 84. Sometimes heard “…waste it on the young.”

Dr. Stanley Weintraub, author and editor of books on Shaw, believes this is incorrectly attributed to Shaw and that it actually belongs to Oscar Wilde, since Shaw often took quotations from Wilde and inverted them for his own use.
SUBJECTS: Youth
WORKS: George Bernard Shaw Collection
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Some wise advice and words of wisdom from children:

The Wisdom of Children
Published by theJokeMaster on March 23, 2008 in funny kid quotes.
When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” Don’t answer.

Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working.

Stay away from prunes.

Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.

Never let your three-year-old brother in the same room as your school assignment.

If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.

Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.
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Photos from DumpaDay.com

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“It’s a fun ride till you get to the bottom. Hey, run around, climb back up and slide down again.” (Feel free to use that.)

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“Driving in the fast lane has its consequences.”

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“Sometimes the bar is raised a little higher. Take advantage of the moment.”

Enjoy the day and the words of wisdom for the week.