I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
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Source Notes: Letter to Ellen Terry, 28 August 1896, Collected Letters, ed. Dan H. Laurence, vol. 1 (1965).
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.