Friday, July 29, 2005

Inspirational Quote

“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 clod of ailments and grievances complaining that 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. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Blogger Gina E. said...

Oh how true, how very true. G.B.Shaw wrote that for me, I just know it! No, of course he didn't. But I do relate to it - "my life belongs to the whole community..it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." Where did you find this, Barb - in one of Shaw's books? I am going to make a copy of it, write it out in my calligraphy pen, and frame it. Thank you for sharing it!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

I'm glad you were moved by it, Gina. I volunteer every year for a Green Design tour (environmentally friendly buildings and processes) and my group leader shared it with me in an email. I love it.

6:41 PM  

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