I dread success to have succeeded is

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 courtship.  I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.  ~George Bernard Shaw, 28 August 1896, letter to Ellen Terry, Collected Letters, edited by Dan H. Laurence, vol. 1, 1965; CTO