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Quotations From SAMUEL BECKETT

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  • 161.
    If I were in the unenviable position of having to study my work my points of departure would be the "Naught is more real ..." and the "Ubi nihil vales ..." both already in Murphy and neither very rational.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Disjecta, p. 113, Grove Press (1984). From a letter to Sigle Kennedy dated June 14, 1967. Beckett is referring to the ideas of two philosophers: Democritus ("Naught is more real than nothing") and Geulincx ("Ubi nihil vales, ibi nihil velis": "Want nothing where you are worth nothing").

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  • 162.
    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).

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  • 163.
    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).

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