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George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Life (40 Quotes)


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  • Life is not meant to be easy, my child, But take courage, It can be delightful.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. . . . It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog's life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarf's in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


  • Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind and indeed cannnot endure it. . . . Happiness is not the object of life life has no object it is an end in itself. . .
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The true joy of life is being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one ... being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap heap ... being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is to a cockatoo.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The true joy in life is being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


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