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Eugène Ionesco
French dramatist
(1912-94)



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That's not it. That's not it at all. You always have a tendency to add.
But one must be able to subtract too. It's not enough to integrate, you
must also disintegrate. That's the way life is. That's philosophy.
That's science. That's progress, civilization.
-- The Professor in The Lesson (1951)

Logician: A cat has four paws.
Old Gentleman: My dog had four paws.
Logician: Then it's a cat.
Old Gentleman: So my dog is a cat?
Logician: And the contrary is also true.
-- Rhinoceros (1959)

Good men make good rhinoceroses, unfortunately.
-- Berenger from Rhinoceros (1959)

I am not capitulating.
-- Berenger's last sentence from Rhinoceros (1959)


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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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