Samuel Beckett


Samuel Beckett Quotes

  • ''Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Worstward Ho (1984).
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  • ''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.
  • ''The pendulum oscillates between these two terms: Suffering—that opens a window on the real and is the main condition of the artistic experience, and Boredom ... that must be considered as the most tolerable because the most durable of human evils.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 16, Grove Press (1957).
  • ''[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.
  • ''I am so glad you have been able to preserve the text in all of its impurity.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Beckett's Letters on Endgame," p. 185, The Village Voice Reader, Doubleday (1962). Of Endgame, in a letter to Alan Schneider dated April 30, 1957.
  • ''Have at last written another [play, i.e., Endgame].... Rather difficult and elliptic, mostly depending on the power of the text to claw, more inhuman than "Godot."''
    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 June 21, 1956.
  • ''Habit is the ballast that chains a dog to his vomit.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 8, Grove Press (1957).
  • ''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.
  • ''All that is active, all that is enveloped in time and space, is endowed with what might be described as an abstract, ideal and absolute impermeability.''
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1931. Proust, p. 41, Grove Press (1957).
  • ''My work is a matter of fundamental sounds (no joke intended) made as fully as possible, and I accept responsibility for nothing else. If people want to have headaches among the overtones, let them. And provide their own aspirin.''
    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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