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SAMUEL BECKETT QUOTES II

We are all born mad. Some remain so.

The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Waiting for Godot

How all becomes clear and simple when one opens an eye on the within, having of course previously exposed it to the without, in order to benefit by the contrast.

SAMUEL BECKETT, The Unnamable

For the only way one can speak of nothing is to speak of it as though it were something, just as the only way one can speak of God is to speak of him as though he were a man, which to be sure he was, in a sense, for a time, and as the only way one can speak of man, even our anthropologists have realized that, is to speak of him as though he were a termite.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Watt

To him who has nothing it is forbidden not to relish filth.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Molloy

Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. (Pause.) Let us not speak well of it either. (Pause.) Let us not speak of it at all. (Pause.) It is true the population has increased.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Waiting for Godot

I speak as though it all happened yesterday. Yesterday indeed is recent, but not enough. For what I tell this evening is passing this evening, at this passing hour. I'm no longer with these assassins, in this bed of terror, but in my distant refuge, my hands twined together, my head bowed, weak, breathless, calm, free, and older than I'll have ever been, if my calculations are correct.

SAMUEL BECKETT, "The Calmative", Samuel Beckett: Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism

To contrive a little kingdom, in the midst of the universal muck, then shit on it, ah that was me all over.

SAMUEL BECKETT, The End

All I say cancels out, I’ll have said nothing.

SAMUEL BECKETT, The Calmative

The time-state of attainment eliminates so accurately the time-state of aspiration, that the actual seems the inevitable, and, all conscious intellectual effort to reconstitute the invisible and unthinkable as a reality being fruitless, we are incapable of appreciating our joy by comparing it with our sorrow.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Proust

There is no escape from yesterday because yesterday has deformed us, or been deformed by us. The mood is of no importance. Deformation has taken place.

SAMUEL BECKETT, "Proust", Samuel Beckett: Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism

Yesterday shall be tomorrow, riddle me that my rapparee.

SAMUEL BECKETT, "Home Olga", Samuel Beckett: Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism

The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain.

SAMUEL BECKETT, The Unnamable

He dared to grow wild with his shadowy love and he daily watered by daily littles the ground under his face and beerbibbing did not lay siege to his spirit and he was continent and he was not sustenant and many of his months have since run out with him the pestilent person to take him from behind his crooked back and set him before his ulcerous gob in the boiling over of his fornications and in chambering and wantonness and in deafness and death and bitter and blind bawling against the honey what honey bloody well you know the honey and in canvassing and getting and weltering in filth and scratching off the scabies of lust.

SAMUEL BECKETT, "Sedendo et Quiescendo", Samuel Beckett: Poems, short fiction, and criticism


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