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“We are all born mad. Some remain so.”
Samuel Beckett
“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho
“You're on Earth. There's no cure for that.”
Samuel Beckett
“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, Waiting for Godot
“Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.”
Samuel Beckett
“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett
“Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?

Vladimir: Yes, yes, we're magicians.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”
Samuel Beckett, Murphy
“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.”
Samuel Beckett
“My mistakes are my life.”
Samuel Beckett
“Je suis comme ça. Ou j'oublie tout de suite ou je n'oublie jamais."

Samuel BECKETT, En attendant Godot

I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget.
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!”
Samuel Beckett
“The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.”
Samuel Beckett, Endgame
“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
“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.”
Samuel Beckett, Endgame
“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, Endgame
“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, Krapp's Last Tape & Embers
“Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“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
“Vladimir: Did I ever leave you?
Estragon: You let me go.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Words are all we have.”
Samuel Beckett
“Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“The only sin is the sin of being born”
Samuel Beckett
“Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for one the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say? It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his congeners without the least reflexion, or else he slinks away into the depths of the thickets. But that is not the question. What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in the immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come -- ”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Nothing is more real than nothing.”
Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies
“Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.”
Samuel Beckett, Molloy
“No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.”
Samuel Beckett
“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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