Quotations From SAMUEL BECKETT

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  • 11.
    I have nothing but wastes and wilds of self-translation before me for many miserable months to come.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Beckett's Letters on Endgame," p. 183, The Village Voice Reader, Doubleday (1962). From a letter to Alan Schneider dated April 30, 1957.
  • 12.
    Hamm as stated, and Clov as stated, together as stated, nec tecum nec sine te, in such a place, and in such a world, that's all I can manage, more than I could.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Beckett's Letters on Endgame," p. 185, The Village Voice Reader, Doubleday (1962). From a letter to Alan Schneider dated April 30, 1957.

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  • 13.
    [T]he 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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Wylie, in Murphy, p. 57, Grove Press (1959). "Horse leech's daughter" is an allusion to Proverbs 30:15.

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  • 14.
    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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Beckett's Letters on Endgame," p. 183, The Village Voice Reader, Doubleday (1962). From a letter to Alan Schneider dated January 11, 1956.

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  • 15.
    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Worstward Ho (1984).
  • 16.
    Do we mean love, when we say love?
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 25, Grove Press (1968).

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  • 17.
    What we know partakes in no small measure of the nature of what has so happily been called the unutterable or ineffable, so that any attempt to utter or eff it is doomed to fail, doomed, doomed to fail.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Arsene, in Watt, p. 62, Grove Press (1959).

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  • 18.
    Reality, whether approached imaginatively or empirically, remains a surface, hermetic.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 56, Grove Press (1957).
  • 19.
    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 (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 25, Grove Press (1968). "The cursed deadly" refers to the seven deadly sins.

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  • 20.
    Friendship, according to Proust, is the negation of that irremediable solitude to which every human being is condemned.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 46, Grove Press (1957).

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