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Samuel Beckett
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Fail, fail again, fail better. Samuel Beckett

[T]he syndrome known as life is too diffuse to admit of palliation. For every symptom that is eased, another is made worse. The horse leech's daughter is a closed system. Her quantum of wantum cannot vary. Samuel Beckett

That penny farthing hell you call your mind Samuel Beckett

When the object is perceived as particular and unique and not merely the member of a family, when it appears independent of any general notion and detached from the sanity of a cause, isolated and inexplicable in the light of ignorance, then and only then may it be a source of enchantment. Samuel Beckett

The old endless chain of love, tolerance, indifference, aversion and disgust Samuel Beckett

Estragon: Suppose we repented. Vladimir: Repented what? Estragon: Oh...(He reflects.) We wouldn't have to go into the details. Vladimir: Our being born? Samuel Beckett

The dust will not settle in our time. And when it does some great roaring machine will come and whirl it all skyhigh again. Samuel Beckett

I asked her to look at me and after a few moments - (pause) - after a few moments she did, but the eyes just slits, because of the glare I bent over her to get them in the shadow and they opened. (Pause. Low) Let me in. Samuel Beckett

Be again, be again. (Pause.) All that old misery. (Pause.) Once wasn't enough for you. Samuel Beckett

To restore silence is the role of objects. Samuel Beckett

I don't know why I told this story. I could just as well have told another. Perhaps some other time I'll be able to tell another. Living souls, you will see how alike they are. Samuel Beckett

Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena. Samuel Beckett

Words are the clothes thoughts wear. Samuel Beckett

Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that's always been my motto. Samuel Beckett

In me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on. Samuel Beckett

These things I say, and shall say, if I can, are no longer, or are not yet, or never were, or never will be, or if they were, if they are, if they will be, were not here, are not here, will not be here, but elsewhere. Samuel Beckett

The fact is, it seems, that the most you can hope is to be a little less, in the end, the creature you were in the beginning, and the middle. Samuel Beckett

How hideous is the semicolon. Samuel Beckett

If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love. Samuel Beckett

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Samuel Beckett

Habit is a great deadener. Samuel Beckett

The whisky bears a grudge against the decanter. Samuel Beckett

When a man in a forest thinks he is going forward in a straight line, in reality he is going in a circle, I did my best to go in a circle, hoping to go in a straight line. Samuel Beckett

I could not have gone through the awful wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence. Samuel Beckett

Make sense who may. I switch off. Samuel Beckett

Name, no, nothing is nameable, tell, no, nothing can be told, what then, I don't know, I shouldn't have begun. Samuel Beckett

What are we doing here, that is the question. Samuel Beckett

Perhaps that's what I feel, an outside and an inside and me in the middle, perhaps that's what I am, the thing that divides the world in two, on the one side the outside, on the other the inside, that can be as thin as foil, I'm neither one side nor the other, I'm in the middle, I'm the partition, I've two surfaces and no thickness, perhaps that's what I feel, myself vibrating, I'm the tympanum, on the one hand the mind, on the other the world, I don't belong to either. Samuel Beckett

God is love. Yes or no? No. Samuel Beckett

What is this love that more than all the cursed deadly or any other of its great movers so moves the soul and soul what is this soul that more than by any of its great movers is by love so moved? Samuel Beckett

The sky sinks in the morning, this fact has been insufficiently observed. Samuel Beckett

Watt had watched people smile and thought he understood how it was done. Samuel Beckett

Humbly to ask a favour of people who are on the point of knocking your brains out sometimes produces good results. Samuel Beckett

Vladimir: I don't understand. Estragon: Use your intelligence, can't you? Vladimir uses his intelligence. Vladimir: (finally) I remain in the dark. Samuel Beckett

Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful. Samuel Beckett

It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible. Samuel Beckett

Personally of course I regret everything. Not a word, not a deed, not a thought, not a need, not a grief, not a joy, not a girl, not a boy, not a doubt, not a trust, not a scorn, not a lust, not a hope, not a fear, not a smile, not a tear, not a name, not a face, no time, no place...that I do not regret, exceedingly. An ordure, from beginning to end. Samuel Beckett

Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that... Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning. But it's always the same thing. Yes, it's like the funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don't laugh any more. Samuel Beckett

Estragon: Suppose we repented. Vladimir: Repented what? Estragon: Oh...(He reflects.) We wouldn't have to go into the details. Vladimir: Our being born? Samuel Beckett

I lay down across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on her. We lay there without moving. But under us all moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and from side to side. (Pause. Krapp's lips move. No sound.) Past midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be uninhabited. Samuel Beckett

Hamm: There's something dripping in my head. A heart, a heart in my head. Samuel Beckett

My keepers, why keepers, I'm in no danger of stirring an inch, ah I see, it's to make me think I'm a prisoner, frantic with corporeality, rearing to get out and away. Samuel Beckett

How time flies when one has fun! Samuel Beckett

We all are born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett

Dear incomprehension, it's thanks to you I'll be myself, in the end. Samuel Beckett

The Tuesday scowls, the Wednesday growls, the Thursday curses, the Friday howls, the Saturday snores, the Sunday yawns, the Monday morns, the Monday morns. The whacks, the moans, the cracks, the groans, the welts, the squeaks, the belts, the shrieks, the pricks, the prayers, the kicks, the tears, the skelps, and the yelps. Samuel Beckett

We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist? Samuel Beckett

They were most correct, according to their god. Samuel Beckett

How tell what remains ? But it's the end. Or have I been dreaming, am I dreaming? No no, none of that, for dream is nothing, a joke, and significant what is worse. Samuel Beckett

To contrive a little kingdom, in the midst of the universal muck, then shit on it, ah that was me all over. Samuel Beckett

This place, if I could describe this place, no place around me, there's no end to me, I don't know what it is, it isn't flesh, it doesn't end, it's like air... Samuel Beckett

Hamm: Ah, the old questions, the old answers, there's nothing like them! Samuel Beckett

Krapp: Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. Samuel Beckett

No way in, go in, measure. Samuel Beckett

There is no escape from yesterday because yesterday has deformed us, or been deformed by us. The mood is of no importance. Deformation has taken place. Samuel Beckett

Ah, the old questions, the old answers, there's nothing like them! Samuel Beckett

I use the words you taught me. If they don't mean anything any more, teach me others. Or let me be silent. Samuel Beckett

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on. Samuel Beckett

Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back. Samuel Beckett

Hold the old holding hand. Hold and be held. Plod on and never recede. Slowly with never a pause plod on and never recede. Samuel Beckett

Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto. Samuel Beckett

The fact would seem to be, if in my situation one may speak of facts, not only that I shall have to speak of things of which I cannot speak, but also, which is even more interesting, but also that I, which is if possible even more interesting, that I shall have to, I forget, no matter. And at the same time I am obliged to speak. I shall never be silent. Never. Samuel Beckett

The confusion is not my invention. We cannot listen to a conversation for five minutes without being aware of the confusion. It is all around us and our only chance now is to let it in. The only chance of renovation is to open our eyes and see the mess. It is not a mess you can make sense of. Samuel Beckett

Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett

You're on earth. There's no cure for that. Samuel Beckett

Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first, then separate and drift, through all the earth and perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea, something of me. A ton of worms in an acre, that is a wonderful thought, a ton of worms, I believe it. Samuel Beckett

Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss. Samuel Beckett

Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. Samuel Beckett

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. Samuel Beckett

We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much? Samuel Beckett

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