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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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator of "From an Abandoned Work," in First Love and Other Shorts, p. 43, Grove Press (1974).

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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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Three Dialogues," by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, p. 17, in Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Martin Esslin, Prentice-Hall (1965).
  • 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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Mr. Rooney, in "All That Fall," reprinted in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 75, Grove Press (1960).

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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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Winnie, in Happy Days, act 1 (1961).
  • Words fail, there are times when even they fail.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Winnie, in Happy Days, p. 24, Grove Press (1961).
  • 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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Mrs. Rooney, in "All That Fall," reprinted in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 37, Grove Press (1960).

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  • "Yes or no?" said Murphy. The eternal tautology.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Murphy, in Murphy, p. 41, Grove Press (1959). A play on "the eternal question."
  • How can I go on, I cannot. Oh just let me flop down flat on the road like a big fat jelly out of bowl and never move again!
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Mrs. Rooney, in "All That Fall," reprinted in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 37, Grove Press (1960).
  • The human eyelid is not teartight (happily for the human eye).
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Murphy, said by character, p. 51, Grove Press (1959).
  • Two in distress ... make sorrow less.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 52, Grove Press (1959).

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