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So all things limp together for the only possible. -- Samuel Beckett
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My mistakes are my life. -- Samuel Beckett
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But all this was nothing compared to the face which I regret to say vaguely resembled my own, less the refinement of course, same little abortive moustache, same little ferrety eyes, same paraphimosis of the nose, and a thin red mouth that looked as if it was raw from trying to shit its tongue. -- Samuel Beckett
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Story ... if you could finish it ... you could rest ... you could sleep ... not before ... oh I know ... the ones I've finished ... thousands and one ... all I ever did ... in my life ... with my life ... saying to myself ... finish this one ... it's the right one ... then rest ... -- Samuel Beckett
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What a weary way since that first disaster, what nerves torn from the heart of insentience, with the appertaining terror and the cerebellum on fire. It took him a long time to adapt himself to this excoriation. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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An imaginative adventure does not enjoy the same corsets as reportage. -- Samuel Beckett
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Abode where lost bodies roam each searching for its lost one. -- Samuel Beckett
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Adulterers, take warning, never admit. -- Samuel Beckett
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Nor did he think of Celia any more, though he could sometimes remember having dreamt of her. If only he had been able to think of her, he would not have needed to dream of her. -- Samuel Beckett
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When you're in the shit up to your neck, there's nothing left to do but sing. -- Samuel Beckett
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POZZO: I am blind. (Silence.) ESTRAGON: Perhaps he can see into the future. -- Samuel Beckett
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Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven't yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle. -- Samuel Beckett
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For the climber averse to avoidable acrobatics a given niche may lie so many paces or meters to east or west of the woman vanquished without of course his naming her thus or otherwise even in his thoughts. -- Samuel Beckett
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-What is there to keep me here?
-Conversation -- Samuel Beckett
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He imagines that when I see him indefatigable I'll regret my decision. Such is his miserable scheme. As though I were short of slaves! -- Samuel Beckett
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Fail better worse now. -- Samuel Beckett
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Love, that is all I asked, a little love, daily, twice daily, fifty years of twice daily love like a Paris horse-butcher's regular, what normal woman wants affection? -- Samuel Beckett
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The churn of stale words in the heart again
love love love thud of the old plunger
pestling the unalterable
whey of words -- Samuel Beckett
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It is better to adopt the simplest explanation, even if it is not simple, even if it does not explain very much. A bright light is not necessary, a taper is all one needs to live in strangeness, if it faithfully burns. -- Samuel Beckett
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Against the charitable gesture there is no defence. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: I remember the maps of the Holy Land. Coloured they were. Very pretty. The Dead Sea was pale blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That's where we'll go, I used to say, that's where we'll go for our honeymoon. We'll swim. We'll be happy. -- Samuel Beckett
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Oh not that I was ever even incompletely deaf. -- Samuel Beckett
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The loss of my sight was a great fillip. If I could go deaf and dumb I think I might pant on to be a hundred. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: Nothing to be done. -- Samuel Beckett
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There at least is a first affirmation, I mean negation, on which to build. -- Samuel Beckett
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Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day. -- Samuel Beckett
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A mug's game in my opinion and tiring on top of that, in the long run. But I lent myself to it with a good enough grace, knowing it was love, for she had told me so. -- Samuel Beckett
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That double-headed monster of damnation and salvation
Time. -- Samuel Beckett
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Perhaps I shall be obliged, in order not to peter out, to invent another fairy-tale, yet another, with heads, trunks, arms, legs and all that follows, let loose in the changeless round of imperfect shadow and dubious light. -- Samuel Beckett
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I wandered in my mind, slowly, noting every detail of the labyrinth, its paths as familiar as those of my garden and yet ever new, as empty as the heart could wish or alive with strange encounters. -- Samuel Beckett
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Do they [the publishers of Murphy] not understand that if the book is slightly obscure it is because it is a compression and thatto compress it further can only make it more obscure? -- Samuel Beckett
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How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones? -- Samuel Beckett
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There I am then back in the saddle, in my numbed heart a prick of misgiving, like one dying of cancer obliged to consult his dentist. -- Samuel Beckett
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If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, I dont know why, but I have never been disappointed, and I often was in the early days, without feeling at the same time, or a moment later, an undeniable relief. -- Samuel Beckett
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It will be the same silence, the same as ever, murmurous with muted lamentation, panting and exhaling of impossible sorrow, like distant laughter, and brief spells of hush, as of one buried before his time. Long or short, the same silence. Then I resurrect and begin again. -- Samuel Beckett
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Try. Fail. Fail again. Fail better. -- Samuel Beckett
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What counts is to be in the world, the posture is immaterial, so long as one is on earth. To breathe is all that is required. -- Samuel Beckett
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In the end he said, I am Mercier, alone, ill, in the cold, the wet, old, half mad, no way on, no way back. He eyed briefly, with nostalgia, the ghastly sky, the hideous earth. At your age, he said. Another act. Immaterial -- Samuel Beckett
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Decidedly it will never have been given to me to finish anything, except perhaps breathing. One must not be greedy. -- Samuel Beckett
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I open the door of the cell and go. I am so bowed I only see my feet, if I open my eyes, and between my legs a little trail of black dust. I say to myself that the earth is extinguished, though I never saw it lit. -- Samuel Beckett
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This is slow work. . . .Is it not time for my pain-killer? -- Samuel Beckett
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Habit is a great deadener. -- Samuel Beckett
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But it is useless to dwell on this period of my life. If I go on long enough calling that my life I'll end up by believing it. -- Samuel Beckett
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All the things you would do gladly, oh without enthusiasm, but gladly, all the things there seems no reason for your not doing, and that you do not do! Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into. -- Samuel Beckett
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Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order. -- Samuel Beckett
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Success and failure on the public level never mattered much to me, in fact I feel more at home with the latter, having breathed deep of its vivifying air all my writing life up to the last couple of years. -- Samuel Beckett
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That penny farthing hell you call your mind -- Samuel Beckett
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Will night never come? -- Samuel Beckett
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And if ever I'm reduced to looking for a meaning to my life, you never can tell, it's in that old mess I'll stick my nose to begin with, the mess of that poor old uniparous whore and myself the last of my foul brood, neither man nor beast. -- Samuel Beckett
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Seen no matter how and said as seen. Dread of black. Of white. Of void. Let her vanish. And the rest. For good. -- Samuel Beckett
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All I hear leave out more leave out all hear no more lie there in my arms the ancient without end me we're talking of me without end that buries all mankind to the last cunt they'd be good moments in the dark the mud hearing nothing saying nothing capable of nothing nothing -- Samuel Beckett
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And yet sometimes it seems to me I am there, among the incriminated scenes, tottering under the attributes peculiar to the lords of creation ... Yes, more than once I almost took myself for the other, all but suffered after his fashion, the space of an instant. -- Samuel Beckett
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I knew it would soon be the end, so I played the part, you know, the part of-how shall I say, I don't know. -- Samuel Beckett
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There is this to be said for Dachsunds of such length and lowness as Nelly, that it makes very little difference to their appearance whether they stand, sit or lie. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Until the day when, your endurance gone, in this world for you without arms, you catch up in yours the first mangy cur you meet, carry it the time needed for it to love you and you it, then throw it away. -- Samuel Beckett
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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. -- Samuel Beckett
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Birth was the death of him. -- Samuel Beckett
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Absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is, let alone the dullness of it and the pomposities of it. -- Samuel Beckett
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This version of the facts having been restored, it only remains to say it is no better than the other and no less incompatible with the kind of creature I might just conceivably have been if they had known how to take me. So let us consider now what really occurred. -- Samuel Beckett
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To-morrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of to-day? -- Samuel Beckett
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Never but the one matter. The dead and gone. The dying and going. From the word go. -- Samuel Beckett
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All is tedious, in this relation that is forced upon me. -- Samuel Beckett
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To know you can do better next time, unrecognizably better, and that there is no next time, and that it is a blessing there is not, there is a thought to be going on with. -- Samuel Beckett
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With all this darkness round me I feel less alone. -- Samuel Beckett
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All roads were right for me, a wrong road was an event, for me. -- Samuel Beckett
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Hamm: What's he doing?
(CLOV raises lid of NAGG's bin, stoops, looks into it. Pause.)
Clov: He's crying.
(He closes lid, straightens up)
Hamm: Then he's living. -- Samuel Beckett
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To what will love not stoop! -- Samuel Beckett
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you don't feel a mouth on you, you don't feel your mouth any more, no need of a mouth, the words are everywhere, inside me, outside me... -- Samuel Beckett
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And yet I am afraid, afraid of what my words will do to me, to my refuge, yet again ... If I could speak and yet say nothing, really nothing? Then I might escape being gnawed to death. -- Samuel Beckett
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Unfathomable mind: now beacon, now sea. -- Samuel Beckett
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I have spoken softly, gone my ways softly, all my days, as behoves one who has nothing to say, nowhere to go, and so nothing to gain by being seen or heard. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's a lot to ask of one creature, it's a lot to ask, that he should first behave as if he were not, then as if he were, before being admitted to that peace where he neither is, nor is not, and where the language dies that permits of such expressions. -- Samuel Beckett
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The essential is to go on squirming forever at the end of the line, as long as there are waters and banks and ravening in heaven asporting God to plague his creature, per pro his chosen shits. -- Samuel Beckett
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Incomprehensible spirit , sometimes light , sometimes sea. -- Samuel Beckett
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The new light above my table is a great improvement. With all this darkness around me I feel less alone. (Pause.) In a way. (Pause.) I love to get up and move about in it, then back here to ... (hesitates) ... me. (Pause.) -- Samuel Beckett
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To every man his little cross. (He sighs.) Till he dies. (Afterthought.) And is forgotten. -- Samuel Beckett
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Hardly had the glow been kindled by some good deed on your part or by some little triumph over your rivals or by a word of praisefrom your parents or mentors when it would begin to cool and fade leaving you in a very short time as chill and dim as before. -- Samuel Beckett
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Not one person in a hundred knows how to be silent and listen, no, nor even to conceive what such a thing means. Yet only then can you detect, beyond the fatuous clamour, the silence of which the universe is made. -- Samuel Beckett
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What I need now is stories, it took me a long time to know that, and I'm not sure of it. -- Samuel Beckett
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Ah earth you old extinguisher. -- Samuel Beckett
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They come
different and the same
with each it is different and the same
with each the absence of love is different
with each the absence of love is the same -- Samuel Beckett
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I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo. -- Samuel Beckett
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To every man his little cross. Till he dies. And is forgotten. -- Samuel Beckett
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Women are all the bloody sameyou can't love for five minutes without wanting it abolished in brats and house bloody wifery. -- Samuel Beckett
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And what I have, what I am, is enough, was always enough for me, and as far as my dear little sweet little future is concerned I have no qualms, I have a good time coming. -- Samuel Beckett
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This was indeed a merciful coincidence, was it not, that at the moment of Watt's losing sight of the ground floor, he lost interest in it also. -- Samuel Beckett
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Let us say before i go any further, that i forgive nobody. i wish them all an atrocious life in the fires of icy hell and in the execrable generations to come. -- Samuel Beckett
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... where gradually as you peered trying to make it out gradually of all things a face appeared ... -- Samuel Beckett
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Lousse tried to make him say, Pretty Polly! I think it was too late. He listened, his head on one side, pondered, then said, Fuck the son of a bitch. It was clear he was doing his best. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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I speak for an art ... weary of its puny exploits, weary of pretending to be able, of being able, of doing a little better the same old thing, of going a little further along a dreary road. -- Samuel Beckett
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Memories are killing. So you must not think of certain things, of those that are dear to you, or rather you must think of them, for if you don't there is the danger of finding them, in your mind, little by little. -- Samuel Beckett
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What can it matter to me, that I succeed or fail ? The undertaking is none of mine, if they want me to succeed I'll fail, and vice versa, so as not to be rid of my tormentors. -- Samuel Beckett
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We go wherever the flesh creeps least, said Mercier. We dodge along, hugging the walls, wherever the shit lies least thick. -- Samuel Beckett
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But I know what darkness is, it accumulates, thickens, then suddenly bursts and drowns everything. -- Samuel Beckett
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You cried for night - it falls. Now cry in darkness. -- Samuel Beckett
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Having oscillated all his life between the torments of a superficial loitering and the horrors of disinterested endeavour, he finds himself at last in a situation where to do nothing exclusively would be an act of the highest value, and significance. -- Samuel Beckett
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I pause to record that I feel in extraordinary form. Delirium perhaps. -- Samuel Beckett
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Better hope deferred than none. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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But he had turned, little by little, a disturbance into words, he had made a pillow of old words, for his head. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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People are bloody ignorant apes. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: People are bloody ignorant apes. -- Samuel Beckett
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Terrible mania, when something happens, to enquire what. -- Samuel Beckett
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James Joyce: His writing is not about something. It is the thing itself. -- Samuel Beckett
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Wherever nauseated time has dropped a nice fat turd you will find our patriots, sniffing it up on all fours, their faces on fire. -- Samuel Beckett
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My way is in the sand flowing
between the shingle and the dune
the summer rain rains on my life
on me my life harrying fleeing
to its beginning to its end -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Words and images run riot in my head, pursuing, flying, clashing, merging, endlessly. But beyond this tumult there is a great calm, and a great indifference, never really to be troubled by anything again. -- Samuel Beckett
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Henry: I usen't to need anyone, just to myself, stories, there was a great one about an old fellow called Bolton, I never finished it, I never finished any of them, I never finished anything, everything always went on for ever. (Pause.) -- Samuel Beckett
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HAMM: We're not beginning to ... to ... mean something?
CLOV: Mean something! You and I, mean something!
(Brief laugh.) Ah that's a good one! -- Samuel Beckett
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Another happy day. -- Samuel Beckett
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As it is with the love of the body, so with the friendship of the mind, the full is only reached by admittance to the most retired places. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, I know they are words, there was a time I didn't, as I still don't know if they are mine. -- Samuel Beckett
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My mother. I don't think too harshly of her. I know she did all she could not to have me, except of course the one thing, and if she never succeeded in getting me unstuck, it was that fate had earmarked me for less compassionate sewers. -- Samuel Beckett
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It is suicide to be abroad. But what it is to be at home, ... what it is to be at home? A lingering dissolution. -- Samuel Beckett
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Can it be out of discretion, and a reluctance to hurt, that they affect to be unaware of my existence? But this is a refinement of feeling which can hardly be attributed to the dogs that come pissing against my abode, apparently never doubting that it contains some flesh and bones. -- Samuel Beckett
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You may say it is all in my head, and indeed sometimes it seems to me I am in a head and that these eight, no, six, these six planes that enclose me are of solid bone. But thence to conclude the head is mine, no, never. -- Samuel Beckett
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In reality we are one and all from the unthinkable first to the no less unthinkable last glued together in a vast imbrication of flesh without breach or fissure -- Samuel Beckett
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WINNIE: Sometimes I am wrong. (Smile.) But not often. (Smile off.) Sometimes all is over, for the day, all done, all said, all ready for the night, and the day not over, far from over, the night not ready, far, far from ready. (Smile.) But not often. (Smile off.) -- Samuel Beckett
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Perhaps after all she put me in her rectum. A matter of complete indifference to me, I needn't tell you. But is it true love, in the rectum? That's what bothers me sometimes. Have I never known true love, after all? -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that's what I've had to make the best of. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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She dragged me across the floor, stopping from time to time only to kick me. I didn't know our cows too could be so inhuman. -- Samuel Beckett
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For he who has once had to listen will listen always, whether he knows he will never hear anything again, or whether he does not. In other words, they like other words, no doubt about it, silence once broken will never again be whole. -- Samuel Beckett
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Name, no, nothing is nameable, tell, no, nothing can be told, what then, I don't know, I shouldn't have begun. -- Samuel Beckett
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So to every man, soon or late, comes envy of the fly, with all the long joys of summer before it. -- Samuel Beckett
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Who am I to tell my private nightmares to if I can't tell them to you? -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: And if he doesn't come?
Vladimir: (after a moment of bewilderment) We'll see when the time comes. -- Samuel Beckett
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Find someone at last someone find you at last live together glued together love each other a little without being loved be loved a little without loving answer that leave it vague leave it dark -- Samuel Beckett
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Then I went back into the house and wrote, It is midnight. The rain is beating on the windows. It was not midnight. It was not raining. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes or no?' said Murphy. The eternal tautology. -- Samuel Beckett
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So it is with time, that lightens what is dark, that darkens what is light. -- Samuel Beckett
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There is no escape from the hours and the days. Neither from tomorrow nor from yesterday, because yesterday has deformed us, or been deformed by us ... We are not merely more weary because of yesterday, we are other, no longer what we were before the calamity of yesterday -- Samuel Beckett
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For to know nothing is nothing, not to want to know anything likewise, but to be beyond knowing anything, to know you are beyond knowing anything, that is when peace enters in, to the soul of the incurious seeker. -- Samuel Beckett
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With his two hands he props up his jaw. He passes without a word. Perhaps he does not see me. One of these days I'll challenge him. I'll say, I don't know, I'll say something, I'll think of something when the time comes. -- Samuel Beckett
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They never lynch children, babies, no matter what they do they are whitewashed in advance. I personally would lynch them with the utmost pleasure, I don't say I'd lend a hand, no, I am not a violent man, but I'd encourage the others and stand them drinks when it was done. -- Samuel Beckett
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Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear -- Samuel Beckett
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Evoke at painful junctures, when discouragement threatens to raise its head, the image of a vast cretinous mouth, red blubber and slobbering, in solitary confinement, extruding indefatigably, with a noise of wet kisses and washing in a tub, the words that obstruct it. -- Samuel Beckett
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I take no sides. I am interested in the shape of ideas. There is a wonderful sentence in Augustine: "Do not despair; one the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned." That sentence has a wonderful shape. It is the shape that matters. -- Samuel Beckett
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The 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
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(Looking at the tree) Pity we haven't got a bit of rope. -- Samuel Beckett
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We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals. -- Samuel Beckett
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What is that unforgettable line? -- Samuel Beckett
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Think of that! He removes his hat without misgiving, he unbuttons his coat and sits down, proffered all pure and open to the long joys of being himself, like a basin to a vomit. -- Samuel Beckett
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That's what hell must be like, small chat to the babbling of Lethe about the
good old days when we wished we were dead. -- Samuel Beckett
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The pendulum oscillates between these two terms: Suffering-that opens a window on the real and is the main condition of the artistic experience, and Boredom ... that must be considered as the most tolerable because the most durable of human evils. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's a rare thing not to have been bonny
once. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Estragon: You see, you feel worse when I'm with you. I feel better alone, too.
Vladmir: Then why do you always come crawling back?
Estragon: I don't know. -- Samuel Beckett
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I still smile it's not worth the trouble any more for a long time now it's not been worth the trouble the tongue spring goes into the mud I stay like this not thirsty any more the tongue goes back into the mouth it closes it has to make a straight line now it's done I've made the image. -- Samuel Beckett
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And I was wondering how to depart without self-loathing or sadness, or with as little as possible, when a kind of immense sigh all around me announced it was not I who was departing, but the flock. -- Samuel Beckett
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But politeness and candour run together, when one is not fitting neither is the other. Then the occasion calls for silence, that frail partition between the ill-concealed and the ill-revealed, the clumsily false and the unavoidably so. -- Samuel Beckett
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The little cloud drifting before their glorious sun will darken the earth as long as I please. -- Samuel Beckett
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I know those little phrases that seem so innocuous, and, once you let them in, pollute the whole of speech. 'Nothing is more real than nothing.' They rise up out of the pit and know no rest until they drag you down into its dark. -- Samuel Beckett
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I love order. It's my dream. A world where all would be silent and still, and each thing in its last place, under the last dust. -- Samuel Beckett
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HAMM:
Scoundrel! Why did you engender me?
NAGG:
I didn't know.
HAMM:
What? What didn't you know?
NAGG:
That it'd be you.
(Pause.) -- Samuel Beckett
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Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena. -- Samuel Beckett
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Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile ... a stain upon the silence. -- Samuel Beckett
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There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet. -- Samuel Beckett
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I have always been amazed at my contemporaries' lack of finesse, I whose soul writhed from morning to night, in the mere quest of itself. -- Samuel Beckett
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My characters have nothing. I'm working with impotence, ignorance ... that whole zone of being that has always been set aside by artists as something unusable - something by definition incompatible with art. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget. -- Samuel Beckett
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Enough. Sudden enough. Sudden all far. No move and sudden all far. All least. Three pins. One pinhole. In dimmost dim. Vasts apart. At bounds of boundless void. Whence no farther. Best worse no farther. Nohow less. Nohow worse. Nohow naught. Nohow on. -- Samuel Beckett
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I try. I fail. I try again. I fail better. -- Samuel Beckett
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God is love. Yes or no? No. -- Samuel Beckett
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The bicycle is a great good. But it can turn nasty, if ill employed. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible. -- Samuel Beckett
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Enough of acting the infant who has been told so often how he was found under a cabbage that in the end he remembers the exact spot in the garden and the kind of life he led there before joining the family circle. -- Samuel Beckett
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Silence, yes, but what silence! For it is all very fine to keep silence, but one has also to consider the kind of silence one keeps. -- Samuel Beckett
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So there is nothing to be afraid of. And yet I am afraid, afraid of what my words will do to me, to my refuge, yet again. Is there really nothing new to try? I mentioned my hope, but it is not serious. If I could speak and yet say nothing, really nothing? -- Samuel Beckett
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Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me! -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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I want very much to be back in the caul, on my back in the dark forever. -- Samuel Beckett
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Enough to know no knowing. -- Samuel Beckett
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It sometimes happens and will sometimes happen again that I forget who I am and strut before my eyes, like a stranger. -- Samuel Beckett
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Words are the clothes thoughts wear. -- Samuel Beckett
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There is at least this to be said for mind, that it can dispel mind. -- Samuel Beckett
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[Y]ou cannot mention everything in its proper place, you must choose, between the things not worth mentioning and those and those even less so. -- Samuel Beckett
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You think you are simply resting, the better to act when the time comes, or for no reason, and you soon find yourself powerless ever to do anything again. -- Samuel Beckett
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For 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
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We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist? -- Samuel Beckett
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Spend the years of learning squandering
Courage for the years of wandering
Through a world politely turning
From the loutishness of learning. -- Samuel Beckett
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The only sin is the sin of being born -- Samuel Beckett
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Over, over, there is a soft place in my heart for all that is over, no, for the being over, words have been my only loves, not many. -- Samuel Beckett
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When we are reading, a voice comes to us as in the dark and whispers, "Imagine!" Samuel Beckett
as told by Bill Moyer in the Foreword he wrote for, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson. Afterword by Ann Patchett -- Samuel Beckett
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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. -- Samuel Beckett
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Birth was the death of me -- Samuel Beckett
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Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.
-- Samuel Beckett
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Dim light source unknown. -- Samuel Beckett
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Dead calm, then a murmur, a name, a murmured name, in doubt, in fear, in love, in fear, in doubt, wind of winter in the black boughs, cold calm sea whitening whispering to the shore, stealing, hastening, swelling, passing, dying, from naught come, to naught gone -- Samuel Beckett
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And I seemed to see myself ageing as swiftly as a day-fly. But the idea of ageing was not exactly the one which offered itself to me. And what I saw was more like a crumbling, a frenzied collapsing of all that had always protected me from all I was always condemned to be. -- Samuel Beckett
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The words of the rose to the rose floated up in his mind: "No gardener has died, comma, within rosaceous memory." He sang a little song, he drank his bottle of stout, he dashed away a tear, he made himself comfortable.
So it goes in the world. -- Samuel Beckett
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From things about to disappear I turn away in time. To watch them out of sight, no, I can't do it. -- Samuel Beckett
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Friendship, according to Proust, is the negation of that irremediable solitude to which every human being is condemned. -- Samuel Beckett
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We spend our life, it's ours, trying to bring together in the same instant a ray of sunshine and a free bench -- Samuel Beckett
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In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness. -- Samuel Beckett
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But I did not yet know, at that time, how tender the earth can be for those who have only her and how many graves in her giving, for the living.
First Love -- Samuel Beckett
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You invent nothing, you think you are inventing, you think you are escaping, and all you do is stammer out your lesson, the remnants of a pensum one day got by heart and long forgotten, life without tears, as it is wept. To -- Samuel Beckett
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All the time buzzing ... so-called ... in the ears ... though of course actually ... not in the ears at all ... in the skull ... dull roar in the skull ... -- Samuel Beckett
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Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick. -- Samuel Beckett
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He who has waited long enough, will wait forever. And there comes the hour when nothing more can happen and nobody more can come and all is ended but the waiting that knows itself in vain. -- Samuel Beckett
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I, of whom I know nothing, I know my eyes are open, because of the tears that pour from them unceasingly. -- Samuel Beckett
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The corner in which he sat was curtained off from the sun, the poor old sun in the Virgin for the billionth time. -- Samuel Beckett
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How all becomes clear and simple when one opens an eye on the within, having of course previously exposed it to the without, in order to benefit by the contrast. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was December, I had never felt so cold, the eel soup lay heavy on my stomach, I was afraid I'd die, I turned aside to vomit, I envied them. -- Samuel Beckett
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But it seems impossible to speak and yet say nothing, you think you have succeeded, but you always overlook something. -- Samuel Beckett
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How do you manage it, she said, at your age? I told her I'd been saving up for her all my life. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?
Vladimir: Yes, yes, we're magicians. -- Samuel Beckett
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The earth makes a sound as of sighs and the last drops fall from the emptied cloudless sky. A small boy, stretching out his hands and looking up at the blue sky, asked his mother how such a thing was possible. Fuck off, she said. -- Samuel Beckett
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All has not been said and never will be. -- Samuel Beckett
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No symbols where none intended. -- Samuel Beckett
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[T]he mind cannot always brood on the same cares, but needs fresh cares from time to tome, so as to revert with renewed vigour, when the time comes, to ancient cares. -- Samuel Beckett
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God is a witness that cannot be sworn. -- Samuel Beckett
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It is the role of objects to restore silence -- Samuel Beckett
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I could die today, if I wished, merely by making a little effort, if I could wish, if I could make an effort. But it is just as well to let myself die, quietly, without rushing things. Something must have changed. I will not weigh upon the balance any more, one way or the other. -- Samuel Beckett
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When you are up to your neck in shit, all you can do is sing. -- Samuel Beckett
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The short winter's day was drawing to a close. It seems to me sometimes that these are the only days I have ever known, and especially that most charming moment of all, just before night
wipes them out. -- Samuel Beckett
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None looks within himself where none can be. -- Samuel Beckett
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We were all born mad. Some remain so. -- Samuel Beckett
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There is man in his entirety, blaming his shoe when his foot is guilty. -- Samuel Beckett
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I must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on. -- Samuel Beckett
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To be always what I am - and so changed from what I was. -- Samuel Beckett
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But what matter whether I was born or not, have lived or not, am dead or merely dying. I shall go on doing as I have always done, not knowing what it is I do, nor who I am, nor where I am, nor if I am. -- Samuel Beckett
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How time flies when one has fun! -- Samuel Beckett
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Is there then no hope? Good gracious, no, heavens, what an idea! Just a faint one perhaps, but which will never serve. But one forgets. -- Samuel Beckett
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One day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second. -- Samuel Beckett
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All poetry, as discriminated from the various paradigms of prosody, is prayer. -- Samuel Beckett
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I shall be neutral and inert. No difficulty there. Throes are the only trouble, I must be on my guard against throes. But I am less given to them now, since coming here. -- Samuel Beckett
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The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. -- Samuel Beckett
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Normally I didn't see a great deal. I didn't hear a great deal either. I didn't pay attention. Strictly speaking I wasn't there. Strictly speaking I believe I've never been anywhere. -- Samuel Beckett
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From the meanest creature one departs wiser, richer, more conscious of one's blessings. -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: Well? Shall we go?
ESTRAGON: Yes, let's go.

They do not move. -- Samuel Beckett
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And life in his mind gave him pleasure, such pleasure that pleasure was not the word. -- Samuel Beckett
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The situation is that of him who is helpless, cannot act, in the event cannot paint, since he is obliged to paint. The act is of him who, helpless, unable to act, acts, in the event paints, since he is obliged to paint. -- Samuel Beckett
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This should all be rewritten in the pluperfect. -- Samuel Beckett
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What is more true than anything else? To swim is true and to sink is true. One cannot speak any more of being, one must speak onlyof the mess. -- Samuel Beckett
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I don't like animals. It's a strange thing, I don't like men and I don't like animals. As for God, he is beginning to disgust me. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, there is no good pretending, it is hard to leave everything. -- Samuel Beckett
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So one invents obscurities. Rhetoric. -- Samuel Beckett
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There are two moments worthwhile in writing, the one when you start and the other when you throw it in the waste-paper basket. -- Samuel Beckett
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In the name of Bacon will you chicken me up that egg.
Shall I swallow cave-phantoms? -- Samuel Beckett
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Her mind was a press of formless questions, mingling and crumbling limply away. -- Samuel Beckett
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All mankind is us, whether we like it or not. -- Samuel Beckett
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Don't look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences. -- Samuel Beckett
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In a flicker of my lids whole days have flown. -- Samuel Beckett
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Hell itself, although eternal, dates from the revolt of Lucifer. It is therefore permissible, in the light of this distant analogy, to think of myself as being here for ever, but not as having been here for ever. -- Samuel Beckett
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The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. -- Samuel Beckett
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And if I sometimes hear nothing for hours on end it is for reasons of which I know nothing, or because about me all goes really silent, from time to time, whereas for the righteous the tumult of the world never stops. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Curiosity is the hair of our habit tending to stand on end. It rarely happens that our attention is not stained in greater or lesser degree by this animal element. -- Samuel Beckett
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Misfortunes, blessings, I have no time to pick my words, I am in a hurry to be done. And yet no, I am in no hurry. -- Samuel Beckett
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Do we mean love, when we say love? -- Samuel Beckett
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Look, she said stooping over her breasts, the haloes are darkening already. I summoned up my remaining strength and said, Abort, abort and they'll blush like new. -- Samuel Beckett
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What I assert, deny, question, in the present, I still can. But mostly I shall use the various tenses of the past. For mostly I do not know, it is perhaps no longer so, it is too soon to
know, I simply do not know, perhaps shall never know. -- Samuel Beckett
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In my head there are several windows, that I do know, but perhaps it is always the same one, open variously on the parading universe. -- Samuel Beckett
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And if I have always behaved like a pig, the fault lies not with me but with my superiors, who corrected me only on points of detail instead of showing me the essence of the system ... -- Samuel Beckett
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Nothing to do but stretch out comfortably on the rack, in the blissful knowledge you are nobody for all eternity. -- Samuel Beckett
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In reality I said nothing at all, but I heard a murmur, something gone wrong with the silence, and I pricked up my ears, like an animal I imagine, which gives a start and pretends to be dead. -- Samuel Beckett
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Imagination at wit's end spreads its sad wings. -- Samuel Beckett
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I was merely cursing, under my breath, God and man, under my breath, and the wet Saturday afternoon of my conception. -- Samuel Beckett
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White world, great trouble, not a sound, only the embers, sound of dying, dying glow -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, light, there is no other word for it. -- Samuel Beckett
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We all are born mad. Some remain so. -- Samuel Beckett
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Tears and laughter, they are so much Gaelic to me. -- Samuel Beckett
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If I was dead, I wouldn't know I was dead. That's the only thing I have against death. I want to enjoy my death. -- Samuel Beckett
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Then a moment passed and all was changed. -- Samuel Beckett
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We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist? -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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ESTRAGON: I can't go on like this.
VLADIMIR: That's what you think. -- Samuel Beckett
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And I'll be myself at last, as a starveling belches his odourless wind, before the bliss of a coma. -- Samuel Beckett
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The reality of the individualis an incoherent reality and must be expressed incoherently. -- Samuel Beckett
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But I was not made for the great light that devours, a dim lamp was all I had been given, and patience without end, to shine it on the empty shadows. -- Samuel Beckett
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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. *1937 -- Samuel Beckett
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The end is in the beginning and yet you go on. -- Samuel Beckett
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I must be happy, he said, it is less pleasant than I should have thought. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It'd give us an erection. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was the only way to progress, to stop. -- Samuel Beckett
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I smell you off him, she screamed, he stinks of bitch. -- Samuel Beckett
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Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits. -- Samuel Beckett
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... all that matters is how to rise, for you are half out of your mind. -- Samuel Beckett
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What do we do now, now that we are happy? -- Samuel Beckett
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Incontinent the void. The zenith. Evening again. When not night it will be evening. Death again of deathless day. On one hand embers. On the other ashes. Day without end won and lost. Unseen. -- Samuel Beckett
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Nowhere in particular on the way from A to Z. Or say for verisimilitude the Balloygan Road. That dear old back road. Somewhere on the Ballyogan Road in lieu of nowhere in particular. Where no truck anymore. Somewhere on the Ballyogan Road on the way from A to Z. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, there were times when I forgot not only who I was but that I was, forgot to be. -- Samuel Beckett
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Reality, whether approached imaginatively or empirically, remains a surface, hermetic. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Humbly to ask a favour of people who are on the point of knocking your brains out sometimes produces good results. -- Samuel Beckett
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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. -- Samuel Beckett
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You can't have everything, I've often noticed it. -- Samuel Beckett
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Ah, the old questions, the old answers, there's nothing like them! -- Samuel Beckett
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The day you die is just like any other, only shorter. -- Samuel Beckett
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...The less I think of it the more certain I am. -- Samuel Beckett
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Personally I always preferred Lipton's. -- Samuel Beckett
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God knows I'm not intelligent otherwise I'd be dead -- Samuel Beckett
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Be again, be again. (Pause.) All that old misery. (Pause.) Once wasn't enough for you. -- Samuel Beckett
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All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. -- Samuel Beckett
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To be together again, after so long, who love the sunny wind, the windy sun, in the sun, in the wind, that is perhaps something, perhaps something. -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: Has he a beard, Mr. Godot?
BOY: Yes Sir.
VLADIMIR: Fair or... or black?
BOY: I think it's white, Sir.
VLADIMIR: Christ have mercy on us! -- Samuel Beckett
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But how much more pleasant was the sensation of being a missile without provenance or target, caught up in a tumult of non-Newtonian motion. So pleasant that pleasant was not the word. -- Samuel Beckett
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Here all is strange. -- Samuel Beckett
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The whisky bears a grudge against the decanter. -- Samuel Beckett
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I was out of sorts. They are deep, my sorts, a deep ditch, and I am not often out of them. -- Samuel Beckett
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Who knows what dirty story, what even better dirty story, it may even be one we have not heard before, told at some colossal pitch of pure smut, beats at this moment in vain against our eardrums. -- Samuel Beckett
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Silence and darkness were all I craved. Well, I get a certain amount of both. They being one. -- Samuel Beckett
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She felt, as she felt so often with Murphy, spattered with words that went dead as soon as they sounded; each word obliterated, before it had time to make sense, by the word that came next; so that in the end she did not know what had been said. It was like difficult music heard for the first time. -- Samuel Beckett
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I say me, knowing all the while it's not me. -- Samuel Beckett
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We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener. -- Samuel Beckett
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Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence. -- Samuel Beckett
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I marshalled the words and opened my mouth, thinking I would hear them. But all I heard was a kind of rattle, unintelligible even to me who knew what was intended. -- Samuel Beckett
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The old endless chain of love, tolerance, indifference, aversion and disgust -- Samuel Beckett
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If I were in the unenviable position of having to study my work my points of departure would be the "Naught is more real ... " and the "Ubi nihil vales ... " both already in Murphy and neither very rational. -- Samuel Beckett
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The fear of falling is the source of many a folly. It is a disaster. I suppose the wisest thing now is to live it over again, meditate upon it and be edified. It is thus that man distinguishes himself from the ape and rises, from discovery to discovery, towards the light. -- Samuel Beckett
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All life long, the same questions, the same answers. -- Samuel Beckett
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Charming hour of the day, particularly when, as sometimes happens, it is also that of the setting sun whose last rays, raking the street from end to end, lend to my cenotaph an interminable shadow, astraddle of the gutter and the sidewalk. -- Samuel Beckett
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When are they going to stop making me mean more than I say? -- Samuel Beckett
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Bid us sigh on from day to day,
And wish and wish the soul away,
Till youth and genial years are flown,
And all the life of life is gone -- Samuel Beckett
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My work is a matter of fundamental sounds (no joke intended) made as fully as possible, and I accept responsibility for nothing else. If people want to have headaches among the overtones, let them. And provide their own aspirin. -- Samuel Beckett
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The sweet creature! She would look it up in her big Dante when she got home. What a woman! -- Samuel Beckett
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And without knowing exactly what his sin was he felt full well that living was not a sufficient atonement for it or that this atonement was in itself a sin, calling for more atonement, and so on, as if there could be anything but life, for the living. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's so nice to know where you're going, in the early stages. It almost rids you of the wish to go there. -- Samuel Beckett
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The memory came faint and cold of the story I might have told, a story in the likeness of my life, I mean without the courage to end or the strength to go on. -- Samuel Beckett
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How hideous is the semicolon. -- Samuel Beckett
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Bah, the latest news, the latest news is not the last. -- Samuel Beckett
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But is it true love, in the rectum? -- Samuel Beckett
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Dying for dark - the darker the worse. Strange. -- Samuel Beckett
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But to tell the truth (to tell the truth!) I have never been particularly resolute, I mean given to resolutions, but rather inclined to plunge headlong into the shit, without knowing who was shitting against whom or on which side I had the better chance of skulking with success. -- Samuel Beckett
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I can't go on, I'll go on. -- Samuel Beckett
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To restore silence is the role of objects. -- Samuel Beckett
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As for my needs, they had dwindled as it were to my dimensions and become, if I may say so, of so exquisite a quality as to exclude all thought of succour. -- Samuel Beckett
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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. -- Samuel Beckett
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HAMM
Open the window.
CLOV
What for?
HAMM
I want to hear the sea.
CLOV
You wouldn't hear it.
HAMM Even if you opened the window?
CLOV
No.
HAMM
Then it's not worth opening it?
CLOV
No.
HAMM(violently)
Then open it! -- Samuel Beckett
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Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot. -- Samuel Beckett
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Make sense who may. I switch off. -- Samuel Beckett
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Does it really matter which hand is employed to absterge the podex? -- Samuel Beckett
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My dear Tom,
Delighted to get your letter. Do write again. This life is terrible and I don't understand how it can be endured. -- Samuel Beckett
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For what is this shadow of the going in which we come, this shadow of the coming in which we go, this shadow of the coming and the going in which we wait, if not the shadow of purpose, of the purpose that budding withers, that withering buds, whose blooming is a budding withering. -- Samuel Beckett
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Try again. Fail again. Try better. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Love requited is a short circuit. -- Samuel Beckett
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In order to be company he must display a certain mental activity. But it need not be of a high order. Indeed it might be argued the lower the better. Up to a point. The lower the order of mental activity the better the company. Up to a point. -- Samuel Beckett
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At last I began to think, that is to say to listen harder. -- Samuel Beckett
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You, my body, my mind...one must go. -- Samuel Beckett
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After all this window is whatever I want it to be, up to a point, that's right, don't compromise yourself. What strikes me to begin with is how much rounder it is than it was, so that it looks like a bull's-eye, or a porthole. No matter, provided there is something on the other side. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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Your mind, never active at anytime, is now even less than ever so. -- Samuel Beckett
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But he found it strange to think of these little changes of scene, the little gains, the little losses, the thing brought, the thing removed, the light given, the light taken, and all the vain offerings to the hour, -- Samuel Beckett
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The ludicrous fever of toys struggling skyward, the sky itself more and more remote, the wind tearing the awning of cloud to tatters, pale limitless blue and green recessions laced with strands of scud, the light failing - once she would have noticed these things. -- Samuel Beckett
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Nothing to be done.. -- Samuel Beckett
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Sloth is all passions the most powerful. -- Samuel Beckett
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Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful. -- Samuel Beckett
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Deplorable mania, when something happens, to inquire what. -- Samuel Beckett
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Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards. -- Samuel Beckett
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You are not satisfied unless form is so strictly divorced from content that you can comprehend the one without almost without bothering to read the other. -- Samuel Beckett
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Have you shat, my child, I said gently. -- Samuel Beckett
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And but for the company of these little objects which I picked up here and there, when out walking, and which sometimes gave me the impression that they too needed me, I might have been reduced to the society of nice people or to the consolations of some religion or other, but I think not. -- Samuel Beckett
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In other words, or perhaps another thing, whatever I said it was never enough and always too much. Yes, -- Samuel Beckett
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Lick your neighbor as yourself! -- Samuel Beckett
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Suffering is the main condition of the artistic experience. -- Samuel Beckett
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Dance first, think later. -- Samuel Beckett
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Delicious instants, before one's eyes get used to the dark. -- Samuel Beckett
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The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was a strange room, the door hanging off its hinges, and yet a telephone. But its last occupant was a harlot, long past her best, which had been scarlet. -- Samuel Beckett
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What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes. -- Samuel Beckett
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She began stroking my ankles. I considered kicking her in the cunt. -- Samuel Beckett
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I have finished Pasternak with mixed feelings, which is more than I hoped for. -- Samuel Beckett
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I happened to look up and there it was. All over and done with, at last. I sat on for a few moments with the ball in my hand and the dog yelping and pawing at me. (Pause.) Moments. Her moments, my moments (Pause.) The dog's moments. -- Samuel Beckett
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The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too. -- Samuel Beckett
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Europeans have depth but not distance while North Americans have distance but not depth. -- Samuel Beckett
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The day that you die will be like any other day ... only shorter. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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I stopped being half-witted and became sly whenever I took the trouble. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's all a muddle in my head, graves and nuptials and the different varieties of motion. -- Samuel Beckett
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You must go on.
I can't go on.
I'll go on. -- Samuel Beckett
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I thought of Anna then, long long sessions, twenty minutes, twenty-five minutes and even as long as half an hour daily. I obtain these figures by the addition of other, lesser figures. That must have been my way of loving. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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There's no lack of void. -- Samuel Beckett
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Memory and Habit are attributes of the Time cancer. They control the most simple Proustian episode, and an understanding of their mechanism must precede any particular analysis of their application. -- Samuel Beckett
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I am still alive then. That may come in useful. -- Samuel Beckett
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Ada: And why life? (Pause.) Why life, Henry? (Pause.) Is there anyone about?
Henry: Not a living soul.
Ada: I thought as much. (Pause.) When we longed to have it to ourselves there was always someone. Now that it does not matter the place is deserted. -- Samuel Beckett
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Watt's concern, deep as it appeared, was not after all what the figure was, in reality, but with what the figure appeared to be, in reality. -- Samuel Beckett
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They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more. -- Samuel Beckett
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All that is active, all that is enveloped in time and space, is endowed with what might be described as an abstract, ideal and absolute impermeability. -- Samuel Beckett
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We are all born crazy. Some remain that way. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was like looking for a needle in a haystack full of vipers. -- Samuel Beckett
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And perhaps I understood it all wrong, but I understood it and that was the novelty. -- Samuel Beckett
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The sky sinks in the morning, this fact has been insufficiently observed. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: we lost our rights?
vladimir: we got rid of them. -- Samuel Beckett
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I saw the mountain, impassible, cavernous, secret, where from morning to night I'd hear nothing but the wind, the curlews, the clink like distant silver of the stone-cutters' hammers. -- Samuel Beckett
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I had little talent for happiness. -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: What do they say? ESTRAGON: They talk about their lives. VLADIMIR: To have lived is not enough for them. ESTRAGON: They have to talk about it. -- Samuel Beckett
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It is by the nadir that we come, said Watt, and it is by the nadir that we go, whatever that means. And the artist must have felt something of this kind too, for the circle did not turn, as circles will, but sailed steadfast in its white skies, with its patient breach for ever below. -- Samuel Beckett
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That passed the time. It would have passed in any case. Yes, but not so rapidly. -- Samuel Beckett
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Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand. -- Samuel Beckett
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No painting is more replete than Mondrian's. -- Samuel Beckett
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Light black. From pole to pole. -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: Moron!
ESTRAGON: Vermin!
VLADIMIR: Abortion!
ESTRAGON: Morpion!
VLADIMIR: Sewer-rat!
ESTRAGON: Curate!
VLADIMIR: Cretin!
ESTRAGON: (with finality). Crritic!
VLADIMIR: Oh!
He wilts, vanquished, and turns away. -- Samuel Beckett
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Constipation is a sign of good health in pomeranians. -- Samuel Beckett
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The human eyelid is not teartight (happily for the human eye). -- Samuel Beckett
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Words fail, there are times when even they fail. -- Samuel Beckett
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V: After having sucked all the good out of him you duck him away like a... like a banana skin. -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: Well? What do we do?
ESTRAGON: Don't let's do anything. It's safer. -- Samuel Beckett
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The turmoil of the day freezes in a thousand absurd postures. -- Samuel Beckett
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We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much? -- Samuel Beckett
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I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them. -- Samuel Beckett
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I've got my faults, but changing my tune isn't one of them. -- Samuel Beckett
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But all is forgotten and I have done nothing, unless what I am doing now is something, and nothing could give me greater satisfaction. -- Samuel Beckett
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If by Godot I meant God, I would have said God, and not Godot. -- Samuel Beckett
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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 ... The Unnamable -- Samuel Beckett
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VLADIMIR: Dance, hog! -- Samuel Beckett
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The inspection once completed it is usual to put everything carefully back in place as far as possible. It is enjoined by a certain ethics not to do unto others what coming from them might give offence. -- Samuel Beckett
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Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it's me? -- Samuel Beckett
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It's impossible I should have a mind and I have one -- Samuel Beckett
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Nothing is more real than nothing. -- Samuel Beckett
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That desert of loneliness and recrimination that men call love. -- Samuel Beckett
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That is one of the many reasons why I avoid speaking as much as possible. For I always say either too much or too little, which is a terrible thing for a man with a passion for truth like mine. -- Samuel Beckett
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Saying is inventing. -- Samuel Beckett
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I have nothing but wastes and wilds of self-translation before me for many miserable months to come. -- Samuel Beckett
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Boys my age with whom, in spite of everything, I was obliged to mix occasionally, mocked me. -- Samuel Beckett
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This tired abstract anger; inarticulate passive opposition; always the same thing in dublin -- Samuel Beckett
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Are you capable of following me? He did not answer. But I seized his thoughts as clearly as if he had spoken them, namely, And you, are you capable of leading me? -- Samuel Beckett
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The essential doesn't change. -- Samuel Beckett
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My notes have a curious tendency, as I realize at last, to annihilate all they purport to record. -- Samuel Beckett
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Once a certain degree of insight has been reached," said Wylie, "all men talk, when talk they must, the same tripe. -- Samuel Beckett
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Only one way of being where I was namely my way -- Samuel Beckett
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Where you have nothing, there you should want nothing. -- Samuel Beckett
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Old endgame lost of old, play and lose and have done with losing. -- Samuel Beckett
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Unhappy, but not unhappy enough. -- Samuel Beckett
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E: Well, shall we go?
V: Yes, let's go.
(They do not move) -- Samuel Beckett
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I feel the old dark gathering, the solitude preparing, by which I know myself, and the call of that ignorance which might be noble and is mere poltroonery. -- Samuel Beckett
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Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit. -- Samuel Beckett
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We could have saved sixpence. We could have saved fivepence. But at what cost? -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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He had a curious hunted walk, like that of a destitute diabetic in a strange city. -- Samuel Beckett
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Yes, my resolutions were remarkable in this, that they were no sooner formed than something always happened to prevent their execution. That -- Samuel Beckett
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No choice but stand. Somehow up and stand. Somehow stand. That or groan. The groan so long on its way. No. No groan. Simply pain. Simply up. A time when try how. Try see. Try say. How first it lay. Then somehow knelt. Bit by bit. Then on from there. Bit by bit. Till up at last. -- Samuel Beckett
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What kind of country is this where a woman can't weep her heart out on the highways and byways without being tormented by retired bill-brokers! -- Samuel Beckett
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So that I would have hesitated to exclaim, with my finger up my arse-hole for example, Jesus Christ, it's much worse than yesterday, I can hardly believe it is the same hole. -- Samuel Beckett
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I thought much about myself. That is to say I often took a quick look at myself, closed my eyes, forgot, began again. -- Samuel Beckett
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Two in distressmake sorrow less. -- Samuel Beckett
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The only thing you must never speak of is your happiness. -- Samuel Beckett
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How is it that of the four Evangelists only one speaks of a thief being save. The four of them were there-or therabouts-and only one speaks of a thief being saved. -- Samuel Beckett
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And I am perhaps confusing several different occasions, and different times, deep down, and deep down is my dwelling, oh not deepest down, somewhere between the mud and the scum. -- Samuel Beckett
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For I shall be far away, before these lines are read, in a place where no one will dream of coming to look for me. -- Samuel Beckett
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Estragon: They're too big
Vladimir: Perhaps you'll have socks some day -- Samuel Beckett
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If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love. -- Samuel Beckett
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Live and invent. I have tried. I must have tried. Invent. It is not the word. Neither is to live. No matter. I have tried. [ ... ] I say living without knowing what it is. I tried to live without knowing what I was trying. Perhaps I have lived afterall, without knowing. -- Samuel Beckett
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All I know is that the hours are long ... and constrain us to beguile them with proceedings which ... may at first sight seem reasonable, until they become a habit. -- Samuel Beckett
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Coma is for the living. The living. -- Samuel Beckett
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What am I doing now, I'm trying to see where I am, so as to be able to go elsewhere, should occasion arise, or else simply to say, You have merely to wait till they come and fetch you, that's my impression at times. -- Samuel Beckett
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The end of a life is always vivifying. -- Samuel Beckett
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Clov: If I don't kill the rat, he'll die.
Hamm: That's right. -- Samuel Beckett
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Dear incomprehension, it's thanks to you I'll be myself, in the end. -- Samuel Beckett
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Do you believe in the life to come? Mine was always that. -- Samuel Beckett
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Fortunately I did not need affection. -- Samuel Beckett
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Not to want to say, not to know what you want to say, not to be able to say what you think you want to say, and never to stop saying, or hardly ever, that is the thing to keep in mind, even in the heat of composition. -- Samuel Beckett
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I was limply poking about in the garbage saying probably, for at that age I must still have been capable of general ideas, This is life. -- Samuel Beckett
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One is no longer oneself, on such occasions, and it is painful to be no longer oneself, even more painful if possible than when one is. For when one is one knows what to do to be less so, whereas when one is not one is any old one irredeemably. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's notorious, ah you can't deny it, some people are lucky, born of a wet dream and dead before morning -- Samuel Beckett
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And Watt's need of semantic succour was at times so great that he would set to trying names on things, and on himself, almost as a woman hats. -- Samuel Beckett
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And agreement only comes a little later, with the forgetting. -- Samuel Beckett
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Sometimes I wonder if I'm in my right mind. Then it passes off and I'm as intelligent as ever. -- Samuel Beckett
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Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet. -- Samuel Beckett
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I am such a good man, at bottom, such a good man, how is it that nobody ever noticed it? -- Samuel Beckett
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Hamm: There's something dripping in my head. A heart, a heart in my head. -- Samuel Beckett
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We should turn resolutely towards Nature. -- Samuel Beckett
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I gave up before birth. -- Samuel Beckett
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There is no use indicting words, they are no shoddier than what they peddle. -- Samuel Beckett
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Use your head, can't you, use your head, you're on earth, there's no cure for that! -- Samuel Beckett
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If you don't know where you are currently standing, you're dead. -- Samuel Beckett
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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
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The search for the means to put an end to things, an end to speech, is what enables the discourse to continue. -- Samuel Beckett
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Say that again said the red gash in the white putty. -- Samuel Beckett
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Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity. -- Samuel Beckett
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Pozzo: I don't seem to be able ... (long hesitation) to depart.
Estragon: Such is life. -- Samuel Beckett
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To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. -- Samuel Beckett
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We are all born; some remain so. -- Samuel Beckett
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CLOV:
Do you believe in the life to come?
HAMM:
Mine was always that. -- Samuel Beckett
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Fail, fail again, fail better -- Samuel Beckett
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Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly. -- Samuel Beckett
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Did they intrude on me here? No, no one has ever intruded on me here. Elsewhere then. -- Samuel Beckett
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I seem to grasp at certain moments the nuance that divides bad from worse. -- Samuel Beckett
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Vladimir: Did I ever leave you? Estragon: You let me go. -- Samuel Beckett
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All hangs together, I am in chains. -- Samuel Beckett
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What are we doing here, that is the question. -- Samuel Beckett
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It's not me, it's not true, it's not me, I'm far. -- Samuel Beckett
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Was I asleep? Had I slept? -- Samuel Beckett
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Clear to me at last that the dark I have always struggled to keep under is in reality my most -- Samuel Beckett
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I tried to groan, Help! Help! But the tone that came out was that of polite conversation. -- Samuel Beckett
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No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found. -- Samuel Beckett
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What was God doing with himself before the creation? -- Samuel Beckett
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If there is one question I dread, to which I have never been able to invent a satisfactory reply, it is the question what am I doing. -- Samuel Beckett
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I cannot explain my plays. Each must find out for himself what is meant -- Samuel Beckett
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Oh it is not without scathe that one is gentle, courteous, reasonable, patient, day after day, year after year. -- Samuel Beckett
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[A]ll I want to do is sit on my ass and fart and think of Dante. -- Samuel Beckett
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The more people I meet the happier I become. -- Samuel Beckett
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That childhood said to have been mine the difficulty of believing in it the feeling rather of having been born octogenarian at the age when one dies in the dark -- Samuel Beckett
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Art has always been this
pure interrogation, rhetorical question less the rhetoric
whatever else it may have been obliged by social reality to appear. -- Samuel Beckett
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We should have thought of it when the world was young, in the nineties. -- Samuel Beckett
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In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness. -- Samuel Beckett
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My anger subsides, I'd like to pee. -- Samuel Beckett
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It was as though the Saposcats drew the strength to live from the prospect of their impotence. -- Samuel Beckett
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And on the threshold of being no more I succeed in being another. -- Samuel Beckett
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That's how it is on this bitch of an earth. -- Samuel Beckett
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There's never an end for the sea. -- Samuel Beckett
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The mistake one makes is to speak to people. -- Samuel Beckett
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Let's hang ourselves immediately! -- Samuel Beckett
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Words are all we have. -- Samuel Beckett
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I could not have gone through the awful wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence. -- Samuel Beckett
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I did not want to write, but I had to resign myself to it in the end. -- Samuel Beckett
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I shall soon be quite dead at last in spite of all. -- Samuel Beckett