Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy

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Brentano's, 1916 - 244 pages
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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Rather than offer a real review, I'm just jotting down passages that stood out to me. "[A]ll Man's reason has done for him is to make him beastlier than any beast. One splendid body is worth the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Boyd - Goodreads

Read and Forgotten: Let's add another title to this category. I read "Man and Superman", a play by Bernard Shaw, during my college years. I have the copy on my shelf and the sticker marking the H420R ... Read full review

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Page xxvii - This is the true joy in life, the being used for a pur'pose recognized by yourself as a mighty one...
Page xxxi - Effectiveness of assertion is the Alpha and Omega of style. He who has nothing to assert has no style and can have none : he who has something to assert will go as far in power of style as its momentousness and his conviction will carry him.
Page xvii - You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
Page 80 - I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum.
Page 102 - I have; and I have examined Man's wonderful inventions. And I tell you that in the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
Page 18 - 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 49 - Why, man, what other work has she in life but to get a husband? It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.
Page 130 - 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 115 - 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 83 - Instead of the Sierra there is nothing; omnipresent nothing. No sky, no peaks, no light, no sound, no time nor space, utter void. Then somewhere the beginning of a pallor, and with it a faint throbbing buzz as of a ghostly violoncello palpitating on the same note endlessly. A couple of ghostly violins presently take advantage of this bass CtUa r and therewith the pallor reveals a man in the void, an incorporeal but visible man, seated, absurdly enough, on nothing.

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