One of my father’s favourite films is My Fair Lady. It stars Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. It was made in 1964 and is based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
It tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), an expert in phonetics who makes a bet with a friend that he can transform a lower class flower girl, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a duchess by turning her Cockney accent into a proper English accent.
My favourite scene is one that I often show my clients during a pronunciation lesson. In this scene Eliza has to pronounce the /h/ sound correctly. If she does, the candle will flicker. My French and Italian clients can relate to this scene as they find the /h/ sound particularly challenging. I have to stress that I do NOT put my clients through the same ordeal!
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright like his counterpart, Oscar Wilde. He wrote more than 60 plays and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar in 1938 for the best screenplay adaptation of his play, Pygmalion. He also co-founded the London School of Economics.
He was concerned with many social issues including education and English Language spelling. Shaw is considered one of the Masters of the English Language. So, I felt it appropriate that he should be part of my list of leading figures in English Literature and that I share some of his celebrated quotes in this blog post dedicated to him.
I’ve chosen 10 quotes that totally resonate with me. I’d love to know if they resonate with you, too.
2. Succes does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
3. Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
4. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
6. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
7. The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
8. 9. He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
10. Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
Do you know any of the quotes above? Which are your favourites? Have you seen “My Fair Lady”?
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