Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy, Volume 11 (Google eBook)

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Brentano's, 1903 - 244 pages
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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

Shaw's tour de force, this is a work that combines realism with the supernatural to create a memorable piece of work. The section known as Don Juan in hell is justifiably renowned, and is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Bentley - Goodreads

This to me is the best play Shaw ever wrote. I have read and reread it several times, and each time I am exhausted emotionally and intellectually when I finish. One must first recognize that Shaw was ... Read full review

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Page xxxii - This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; 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.
Page x - JUAN. Oui, ma foi, il faut s'amender. Encore vingt ou trente ans de cette vie-ci, et puis nous songerons nous.
Page 238 - The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Page 84 - I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum.
Page 22 - He gets into intimate relations with them to study them, to strip the mask of convention from them, to surprise their inmost secrets, knowing that they have the power to rouse his deepest creative energies, to rescue him from his cold reason, to...
Page xxiv - My nurse was fond of remarking that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear; and the more I see of the efforts of our churches and universities and literary sages to raise the mass above its own level, the more convinced I am that my nurse was right.
Page 134 - The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
Page 169 - I, who have always been an enigma and a possibility, shall be merely somebody else's property and damaged goods at that: a secondhand man at best. ANN. Well, your wife can put on a cap and make herself ugly to keep you in countenance, like my grandmother. TANNER. So that she may make her triumph more insolent by publicly throwing away the bait the moment the trap snaps on the victim! ANN. After all, though, what difference would it make? Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks...
Page 119 - I remembered them and desperately strove to recover their illusion; but they now seemed the emptiest of inventions: my judgment was not to be corrupted : my brain still said No on every issue. And whilst I was in the act of framing my excuse to the lady, Life seized me and threw me into her arms as a sailor throws a scrap of fish into the mouth of a seabird.
Page 53 - You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey.

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