Quotations From SAMUEL BECKETT

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  • 31.
    Slowly he entered dark and silence and lay there for so long that with what judgement remained he judged them to be final.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 17, Grove Press (1980).

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  • 32.
    I see ... a multitude ... in transport ... of joy.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Clov, in Endgame, p. 29, Grove Press (1958). Clov is looking at the audience through a telescope while he says this.

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  • 33.
    The unthinkable last of all. Unnamable. Last person. I.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 24, Grove Press (1980).
  • 34.
    His writing is not about something. It is the thing itself.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Dante ... Bruno. Vico ... Joyce," Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929). Beckett is referring to Joyce.
  • 35.
    What visions in the dark of light!
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 59, Grove Press (1980).

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  • 36.
    Here form is content, content is form.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1929. in "Dante ... Bruno. Vico ... Joyce," an essay in Our Examination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress, p. 14, Faber and Faber (1972). Beckett is speaking of Finnegan's Wake.
  • 37.
    Be again, be again. (Pause.) All that old misery. (Pause.) Once wasn't enough for you.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Krapp, in Krapp's Last Tape, pp. 26-27, Grove Press (1960).
  • 38.
    Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Krapp, in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 28, Grove Press (1960).

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  • 39.
    Those with stomach still to copulate strive in vain.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in The Lost Ones, p. 8, Grove Press (1972).
  • 40.
    In the meantime no sense in bickering about pronouns and other parts of blather.
    Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1958. The narrator, in The Unnamable, p. 102, Grove Press (1970).
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