Originally Posted by btw;11591Also, without intending offense (in my first post, no less...) and with all due respect to the silver-tongued among the membership, "Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not" was George Bernard Shaw, later cribbed, somewhat clumsily ("Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?") by Robert F. Kennedy (who very likely cited Shaw - we can be quite sure he read Shaw - but should have quoted word for word - "...are not and ask why not" is [I
That's interesting that RFK used it too! Actually, I first heard the quote in a speech by John F. Kennedy, not Robert. I had thought JFK penned it, but when I Googled it, it turned out it was Shaw. (Of course, many people wrote speeches for JFK. My partner has studied his life extensively, and probably knows what speech it came from and who actually wrote it. I'll have to defer to her expertise on that!) I first heard it in a theatre piece that is a one man show on JFK - - it was quite good, even though the actor didn't resemble JFK in the least. He had the voice and accent down perfectly, though!
Anyway, I've had it taped to my computer ever since!