Samuel Beckett


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  • ''Over, over, there is a soft place in my heart for all that is over, no, for the being over, words have been my only loves, not many.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator of "," in First Love and Other Shorts, p. 48, Grove Press (1974).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Moran, in Molloy, p. 145, Grove Press (1970).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The situation is that of him who is helpless, cannot act, in the event cannot paint, since he is obliged to paint. The act is of him who, helpless, unable to act, acts, in the event paints, since he is obliged to paint.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Three Dialogues," by Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, p. 19, in Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Martin Esslin, Prentice-Hall (1965). Beckett is speaking of the artist Bram Van Velde.
  • ''Business, old man, I said, retire from business, it has retired from you.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Mr. Rooney, in "All That Fall," reprinted in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 78, Grove Press (1960).
  • ''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).
  • ''I tell you nothing is known, cried Mr Nixon. Nothing.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist, and F. First published in 1953. Mr Nixon, in Watt, p. 21, Grove Press (1959).

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