Quotation by George Bernard Shaw

Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. letter, Feb. 14, 1910, to Count Leo Tolstoy. Collected Letters, vol. 2 (1972).

Tolstoy had criticized Shaw for his facetious tone in Arms and the Man, saying that one "should not speak jestingly of such a subject as the purpose of human life, the causes of its perversion, and the evil that fills the life of humanity today."
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