George Bernard Shaw Quote?

Can someone of a literary bent help me? I am going crazy trying to find a quotation by G B Shaw-it’s about failure…some thing like " …a lifetime of failure is a far more honorable thing than a life without trying". I really want to find the context of this one! (So far my life is resembling continous failure!

I’m a big G.B. Shaw fan, but that one doesn’t ring a bell.

I think there’s a concordance in The Collected Work of George Bernard Shaw. You might try looking through that.

The following two sites refer to failure but not directly to the quote, though the works cited on Success and Failure may be useful:

The following site has the quotation that you seek but as link that is blind:

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”


with no cite



cites: In “The International Thesaurus of Quotations,” by Rhoda Thomas Tripp, 1995.
I suspect that he may have said it in an interview rather than written it in a book or article as I cannot find a reference anywhere. You may need to try an Autobiography.

Sorry not to be able to give a cite, but at leat you have the correct quote.

My motto is G.K. Chesterton’s: “Anything worth doing at all is worth doing badly.” That’s badly quoted. The Quotemeister says it is “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”