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“ESTRAGON: I can't go on like this.
VLADIMIR: That's what you think.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“I must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on.”
Samuel Beckett
“Estragon: People are bloody ignorant apes.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time! It's abominable! When! When! One day, is that not enough for you, one day he went dumb, one day I went blind, one day we'll go deaf, one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you? They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Estragon: I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“I pause to record that I feel in extraordinary form. Delirium perhaps.”
Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies
“It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible.”
Samuel Beckett
“Habit is a great deadener.”
Samuel Beckett
“You cried for night - it falls. Now cry in darkness.”
Samuel Beckett
“What is that unforgettable line?”
Samuel Beckett
“I always thought old age would be a writer’s best chance. Whenever I read the late work of Goethe or W. B. Yeats I had the impertinence to identify with it. Now, my memory’s gone, all the old fluency’s disappeared. I don’t write a single sentence without saying to myself, ‘It’s a lie!’ So I know I was right. It’s the best chance I’ve ever had.”
Samuel Beckett
“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
“Estragon: Nothing to be done.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“Unfortunately I am afraid, as always, of going on. For to go on means going from here, means finding me, losing me, vanishing and beginning again, a stranger first, then little by little the same as always, in another place, where I shall say I have always been, of which I shall know nothing, being incapable of seeing, moving, thinking, speaking, but of which little by little, in spite of these handicaps, I shall begin to know something, just enough for it to turn out to be the same place as always, the same which seems made for me and does not want me, which I seem to want and do not want, take your choice, which spews me out or swallows me up, I’ll never know, which is perhaps merely the inside of my distant skull where once I wandered, now am fixed, lost for tininess, or straining against the walls, with my head, my hands, my feet, my back, and ever murmuring my old stories, my old story, as if it were the first time.”
Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable
“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, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
“Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear”
Samuel Beckett
“there is [...]
a last even of last times of saying
if you do not love me I shall not be loved
if I do not love you I shall not love”
Samuel Beckett, Cascando and Other Short Dramatic Pieces
“If you don't know where you are currently standing, you're dead.”
Samuel Beckett, Happy Days
“Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It'd give us an erection.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
“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, Waiting for Godot
“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, The Unnamable
“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. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.”
Samuel Beckett, Proust
“Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.”
Samuel Beckett, Murphy
“ Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today? That with Estragon my friend, at this place, until the fall of night, I waited for Godot? That Pozzo passed, with his carrier, and that he spoke to us? Probably. But in all that what truth will there be? He'll know nothing. He'll tell me about the blows he received and I'll give him a carrot. (pause) Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener. At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on. (Pause.) I can't go on! (Pause.) What have I said? ”
Samuel Beckett
“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, The Unnamable
“POZZO:
I am blind.
(Silence.)
ESTRAGON:
Perhaps he can see into the future.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
“The Tuesday scowls, the Wednesday growls, the Thursday curses, the Friday howls, the Saturday snores, the Sunday yawns, the Monday morns, the Monday morns. The whacks, the moans, the cracks, the groans, the welts, the squeaks, the belts, the shrieks, the pricks, the prayers, the kicks, the tears, the skelps, and the yelps.”
Samuel Beckett, Watt
“I've got my faults, but changing my tune isn't one of them.”
Samuel Beckett
“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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