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Samuel Beckett

Beckett in 1977
Born Samuel Barclay Beckett
(1906-04-13)13 April 1906
Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died 22 December 1989(1989-12-22) (aged 83)
Paris, France
Pen name Andrew Belis[1]
Occupation Novelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Genre Drama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence[2]
Literary movement Modernism
Notable works Murphy (1938)
Molloy (1951)
Malone Dies (1951)
The Unnamable (1953)
Waiting for Godot (1953)
Watt (1953)
Endgame (1957)
Krapp’s Last Tape (1958)
How It Is (1961)
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre
Years active 1929-1989

In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.
We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?
Samuel Beckett
If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love.
Samuel Beckett
I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
Samuel Beckett
No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.
Samuel Beckett
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
You're on earth. There's no cure for that.
If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window.
I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.
Samuel Beckett
What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first, then separate and drift, through all the earth and perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea, something of me. A ton of worms in an acre, that is a wonderful thought, a ton of worms, I believe it.
Samuel Beckett
Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.
Samuel Beckett
I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.
Samuel Beckett
Habit is a great deadener.
James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can.
Samuel Beckett
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.
Samuel Beckett
Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss.
Samuel Beckett
Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards.
Birth was the death of him.
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.
Samuel Beckett
I can't go on. I'll go on.
Words are all we have.
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.
Samuel Beckett
Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick.
All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.
Samuel Beckett
We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Do we mean love, when we say love?

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days, and die one day like any other day, only shorter.
Samuel Beckett
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile… a stain upon the silence.
Samuel Beckett
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