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Samuel Beckett Quotes


An Irish playwright, novelist, poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
(1906 - 1989)

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All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.
 

Birth was the death of him.
 

Do we mean love, when we say love?
 

Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick.
 

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
 

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

Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.
 

Habit is a great deadener.
 

I can't go on. I'll go on.
 

I grow gnomic. It is the last phase.
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I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
 

I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
 

I think the next little bit of excitement is ?ying. I hope I am not too old to take it up seriously, nor too stupid about machines to qualify as a commercial pilot. I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books that no one will read. It is not as though I wanted to write them.
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I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.
 

If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot.
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If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window.
 

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

In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.
 

It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days, and die one day like any other day, only shorter.
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James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can.
 


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