George Bernard Shaw, Ireland

Playwright (1856 - 1950)

  • True joy

    George Bernard Shaw, Ireland

    (Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

    This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.

  • Measuring anew

    George Bernard Shaw, Ireland

    (Submitted by Gerard Clarke, Ireland)

    The only person who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measure anew every time he sees me. All the rest go on with their old measurements.