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[InstaMotivation@9pm] MAXIMS FOR REVOLUTIONISTS By George Bernard Shaw



George Bernard Shaw was one of the most influential thought processors of the 20th century. Through his famous works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923), he infused new critical thoughts into the society. He ridiculed the then imperialism and materialism. Not many of his contemporaries appreciated his offroad thoughts. But many of his works are timeless. But in 1925, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Then many started to dig deep into his works. Today, he stands as one of the finest stalwarts of revolutionary thoughts of the 20th century.

MAXIMS FOR REVOLUTIONISTS is a short book which barely contains 18 pages. It’s a quick read one. It contains tiny aphorisms similar to Pythagoras’ book. It reveals many truths which you might not have thought in that direction. This book is a nice introduction to you to the world of Bernard Shaw’s thoughts. You can quote/refer these aphorisms in your Essays, Ethics and Interview. It demonstrates the wide interest of your readings. Below are the 8 best quotes picked from that book. You can put your views on Shaw’s thoughts.

  1. Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

  2. The man with a toothache thinks everyone is happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.

  3. In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.

  4. Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. If we could learn from mere experience, the stones of London would be wiser than its wisest men.

  5. Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty: what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness

  6. The difference between the shallowest routineer and the deepest thinker appears, to the latter, trifling; to the former, infinite.

  7. A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.

  8. Activity is the only road to knowledge.