[PW] George Bernard Shaw quote?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 11:57:47 PDT 2015


Here is information from a match in GB. The key quotation appears
between the quotation marks. This seems to a quote from Pirandello in
the original Italian. (I cannot read Italian, so I am using Google
translate). Unfortunately, the snippet GB displays is blank. There are
probably OCR errors in the text.

Tempo presente - Volume 12 - Page 63
https://books.google.com/books?id=WvO99_UrY-UC&
(GB matches must be verified on paper)

[Begin extracted text]
Nicola Chiaromonte, ‎Ignazio Silone - 1967 - ‎Snippet view
Ovvero, per dirla con le parole finali di uno degli ultimi drammi di
Pirandello, Trovarsi, al punto in cui « questo è vero e niente è vero.
La sola verità è che bisogna creare se stessi, crearsi. Solo allora,
ci si trova ». La questione, naturalmente, è
[End extracted text]

[Begin Google translate]
Or, to quote the final words of one of the last plays of Pirandello,
Being, to the point where "this is true and nothing is true. The only
truth is that you create yourself, create. Only then, you are. "The
question, of course, is
[End Google translate]

Garson


On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:31 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The excerpt from the "World Theatre" journal might be referring to the
> 1932 play "Trovarsi" by Luigi Pirandello. There is a Wikipedia page in
> Italian for the play:
> http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trovarsi
>
> But the English Wikipedia page for Pirandello does not include the
> play in the list of "Major plays". Within GB the following snippets
> seem to show alternative titles for the play in English:
>
> Trovarsi (She Wanted to Find Herself, 1932).
> Renunciation: She wanted to find herself
>
> If someone can access the play in Italian or English it might be
> useful to look at the final pages to see if there is a match for the
> excerpt given in "World Theatre: "this is true and nothing is true.
> The only truth is that you have to create your own role, create
> yourself. Only then do you find yourself."
>
> Garson
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
> <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Following the lead of S. M. Colowick I located the following excerpt
>> which points to a play be Pirandello.
>>
>> Year: 1967
>> Journal: World theatre. Théâtre dans le monde.
>> Author: International Theatre Institute.
>> Publisher: Bruxelles [etc.] Éditions Meddens [etc.]
>> Volume 16
>> Page 231
>> (Information from Google Books snippet view and WorldCat; this data
>> may be inaccurate and must be verified in paper)
>>
>> [Begin extracted text]
>> Or, to put it in the closing words of one of Pirandello's last plays,
>> She Wanted to Find Herself, at the point where "this is true and
>> nothing is true. The only truth is that you have to create your own
>> role, create yourself. Only then do you find yourself."
>> [End extracted text]
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 1:05 PM, S M Colowick <januarye at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM, Elizabeth Barksdale
>>> <ebarksdale at udallas.edu> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> This is one of those questions about whether someone's quote is accurate or
>>>> just Internet sources keeping an inaccurate quote in circulation.
>>>>
>>>> "Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself."
>>>> George Bernard Shaw
>>>
>>> A snippet of a 1971 book called The Play and the Reader (which was
>>> first published, I think, in 1966) has a quotation that includes these
>>> lines: "The only truth is that you have to create your own role,
>>> create yourself. Only then do you find yourself." Unfortunately Google
>>> doesn't show the part of the page (422) with an attribution, but maybe
>>> someone has the book and could check.
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