Samuel Beckett


Samuel Beckett Quotes

  • ''Love requited is a short circuit.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 5, Grove Press (1959).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that.... Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist and novelist. Nell, in Endgame, p. 20 (1958).
  • ''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).
  • ''An imaginative adventure does not enjoy the same corsets as reportage.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "An Imaginative Work!" p. 81, Dublin Magazine, xi, n.s. (July-Sept., 1936).
  • ''The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Pozzo, in Waiting for Godot, act 1.
  • ''Ah earth you old extinguisher.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Winnie, in Happy Days, p. 37, Grove Press (1984).
  • ''The chartered recountants take the thing to pieces and put it together again. They enjoy it. The artist takes it to pieces and makes a new thing, new things. He must.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "An Imaginative Work!" p. 80, Dublin Magazine, xi, n.s. (July-Sept., 1936).
  • ''They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Pozzo, in Waiting for Godot, p. 57a, Grove Press (1954). "They" refers to women who become mothers.
  • ''That penny farthing hell you call your mind''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Woman's voice, in "Eh Joe," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 37, Grove Press (1968).

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