Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 123) – George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish Playwright

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

— George Bernard Shaw

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7 Responses to Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 123) – George Bernard Shaw

  1. Jeanne Smith says:

    I was thrilled to see your website on George Bernard Shaw this evening. Interestingly, the timing could not have been more serendipitous, in that I am, also, in the process of preparing to publish a book about him.
    My title: “A Study of the Religious Element in the Plays of George Bernard Shaw”.

    I am eager to purchase your book so I can get your impression of Shaw’s writing. I love his sense of humor and his upside down genre of thinking. He leaves no page un-turned.

    My book about Shaw should be ready for the press sometime in July 2019.

    • John Zimmer says:

      Thank you for the comment and good luck with your book sales. One point of clarification: I have not written a book that involves George Bernard Shaw.

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  3. dms91 says:

    “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw

    This is so true and explains why successive Governments seem to misjudge the public mood. It takes courage to stand and speak but it also takes courage to sit and listen. Governments have had many “listening exercises”. Do they HEAR too? Communication is a two way process and just spouting the same old “lessons will be learned” is meaningless unless we can see evidence of how the learning has occurred!

    Well said George Bernard Shaw!!

  4. Cindy Piccolo says:

    John,

    So few words written and yet the truth within them could be endlessly expounded. Experience is teaching me exactly this, every day and I am learning to notice … finally. Thank you for a quote from one of my favorite teachers; oh yes, Shaw is one of mine too.

    Cindy

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