Samuel Beckett


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  • ''At this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Vladimir, in Waiting for Godot, p. 51, Grove Press (1954).
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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."
  • ''What are we doing here, that is the question.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Vladimir, in Waiting for Godot, p. 51a, Grove Press (1954). Beckett is alluding to Hamlet's speech, "To be, or not to be: that is the question ..."; William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III, i, 56.
  • ''Women are all the bloody same ... you can't love for five minutes without wanting it abolished in brats and house bloody wifery.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Murphy, in Murphy, pp. 36-37, Grove Press (1959).
  • ''How time flies when one has fun!''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Vladimir, in Waiting for Godot, p. 49, Grove Press (1954).
  • ''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).
  • ''As it is with the love of the body, so with the friendship of the mind, the full is only reached by admittance to the most retired places.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 47, Grove Press (1959).
  • ''To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Watt (1953).
  • ''Let our conversation now be without precedent in fact or literature, each one speaking to the best of his ability the truth to the best of his knowledge.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 214, Grove Press (1959).
  • ''This is going to be a happy day. Another happy day.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Winnie, in Happy Days, p. 23, Grove Press (1961).

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