I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege — 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 love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve 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 (1856-1950) British playwright and critic
Speech, Municipal Technical College and School of Art, Brighton (1907)

Sometimes quoted preceded by: "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose, recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world wll not devote itself to making you happy." This text also appears (with different following verbiage) in the "Epistle Dedicatory" in Man and Superman.

Added on 9-Mar-09 | Last updated 15-Apr-09
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