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Friday, October 22, 2021

George Bernard Shaw and life experience


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Underwood & Underwood


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish writer best known for his contributions to drama and theater. Historian Jacques Barzun said,


"Bernard Shaw remains the only model we have of what the citizen of a democracy should be: an informed participant in all things we deem important to the society and the individual." (Bernard Shaw, 1943)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Shaw.


Life experience


"The secret of being miserable is have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation because occupation means pre-occupation; and the pre-occupied person is neither happy nor unhappy, but simply alive and active..." (A Treatise on Parents and Children, 1910)


"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one..." (Man and Superman, 1903)


"Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." (The Doctor's Dilemma, 1911)


"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience." (Maxims for Revolutionists, 1903)