If we are clamoring to make America Great Again , we need to look, first, in the mirror, and not always rant at the government or family or other loved ones on the topic. It is so wonderful to simply realize that there is, quite likely, one small thing each of us can actually DO to be worthy of our citizenship in a government of, for, and by the people ( i.e., us - you and I) The famous G.B. Shaw wrote this one and its lines are true and helpful to beat "the Januaries".
The first time these words [by G.B.Shaw] were printed was in an article entitled 'Art and Public Money', published in the Sussex Daily News (7 March 1907). *
Also named "A Splendid Torch" or, "Purpose" - this is A New Years Inspiration for everyone! A vitamin of a sort, from George Bernard Shaw, one of my least favorite persons, but most favorite storytellers. It is reprinted everywhere under several titles. I hope you enjoy the easy read! Elle
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 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” for me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got hold of
for the moment,
and I want to
make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
** p.s. thank you to Prof. Martin who found the exact source for this famous writing at
Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín
Dpto. de Filología Inglesa
Fac. de Filosofía y Letras
Universidad de Extremadura
Campus Universitario, s/n
Cáceres, 10003 - ESPAÑA
The Bernard Shaw Quotations Page
George Bernard Shaw (GBS) Youtube Channel
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