Quotation by George Bernard Shaw

You said that my manner in that book was not serious enough—that I made people laugh in my most earnest moments. But why should I not? Why should humor and laughter be excommunicated? 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 on Man and Superman. Collected Letters 1898-1910, ed. by Dan H. Laurence (1972).
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