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Samuel Beckett
Irish author and playwright
(1906-89)



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Spend the years of learning squandering
Courage for the years of wandering
Through a world politely turning
From the loutishness of learning.

-- "Gnome" in Dublin Magazine, Vol. 9 (1934), p. 8

Estragon: Let's go.
Vladimir: We can't.
Estragon: Why not?
Vladimir: We're waiting for Godot.
Estragon: (despairingly). Ah!

-- Waiting for Godot (1952)

who may tell the tale
of the old man?
weigh absence in a scale?
mete want with a span?
the sum assess
of the world's woes?
nothingness
in words enclose?

-- Watt (1953)

"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. ... Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning. But it's always the same thing. Yes, it's like the funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don't laugh any more."

-- Endgame (1957)

time she stopped
sitting at her window
quiet at her window
only window
facing other windows
other only windows
all eyes
all sides
high and low
time she stopped

-- Rockaby (1980)


All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

-- Worstward Ho (1983)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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