Quotes by: Samuel Beckett
Beckett in 1977
||Samuel Barclay Beckett
13 April 1906
Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
||22 December 1989
||Novelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist
||Trinity College Dublin
||Drama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence
Malone Dies (1951)
The Unnamable (1953)
Waiting for Godot (1953)
Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
How It Is (1961)
||Nobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre
We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?
If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love.
I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.
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.
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.
To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.
There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.
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.
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.
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.
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.