Quotations From SAMUEL BECKETT

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  • 91.
    Might not the beatific vision become a source of boredom, in the long run?
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Moran, in Molloy, p. 229, Grove Press (1970).
  • 92.
    What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator of "Enough," in First Love and Other Shorts, p. 60, Grove Press (1974).

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  • 93.
    A kind of Pythagorean terror, as though the irrationality of pi were an offence against the deity, not to mention his creature.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Three Dialogues," by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, p. 21, in Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Martin Esslin, Prentice-Hall (1965).
  • 94.
    Humbly to ask a favour of people who are on the point of knocking your brains out sometimes produces good results.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Moran, in Molloy, p. 238, Grove Press (1970).

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  • 95.
    To be an artist is to fail, as no other dare fail, that failure is his world and the shrink from desertion, art and craft, good housekeeping, living.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Three Dialogues," by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, p. 21, in Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Martin Esslin, Prentice-Hall (1965).

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  • 96.
    No painting is more replete than Mondrian's.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Three Dialogues," by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, p. 21, in Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Martin Esslin, Prentice-Hall (1965).
  • 97.
    You're on earth. There's no cure for that.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Hamm, in Endgame, p. 68, Grove Press (1958).
  • 98.
    We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Hamm, in Endgame, p. 16 (1958).

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  • 99.
    Well on the way to inexistence. As zero to the infinite.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Ill Seen Ill Said, p. 54, Grove Press (1981).
  • 100.
    Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 6, Grove Press (1957).
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