Samuel Beckett


Samuel Beckett Quotes

  • ''Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards, I take the air there willingly, perhaps more willingly than elsewhere, when take the air I must.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First Love (1970, trans. 1973).
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  • ''For an instant I see the sky, the different skies, then they turn to faces, agonies, loves, the different loves, happiness too, yes there was that too, unhappily.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in "Fizzle 6," Fizzles, p. 44, Grove Press (1976).
  • ''Silence and darkness were all I craved. Well, I get a certain amount of both. They being one.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First woman, in "Play," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 59, Grove Press (1968).
  • ''The mind betrays the treacherous eyes and the treacherous word their treacheries.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Ill Seen Ill Said, p. 48, Grove Press (1981).
  • ''Imagination at wit's end spreads its sad wings.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Ill Seen Ill Said, p. 17, Grove Press (1981).
  • ''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).
  • ''We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Hamm, in Endgame, p. 16 (1958).
  • ''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).
  • ''Lick your neighbor as yourself!''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Hamm, in Endgame, p. 68, Grove Press (1958). based on Leviticus 18:19 and Matthew 19:19: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as yourself."
  • ''Name, no, nothing is nameable, tell, no, nothing can be told, what then, I don't know, I shouldn't have begun.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1967. The narrator, in Stories and Texts for Nothing 11, p. 127, Grove Press (1968).

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