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Samuel Beckett

1906-1989 ,  Irish writer, Nobel 1969
Samuel BeckettIrish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. He is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Best known for his plays, especially Waiting for Godot (1952).
He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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In the afterlife, we’ll sit around talking about the good old days, when we wished that we were dead.

The only sin is the sin of being born.

If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot.

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

God is a witness that cannot be sworn.

I felt weak, perhaps I was.

Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that's always been my motto.

But is it true love, in the rectum? That’s what bothers me sometimes.

We are all born mad. Some remain so.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

You're on Earth. There's no cure for that.

You must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on.

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget.

Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.

Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful.

Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.

We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?

When you're in the shit up to your neck, there's nothing left to do but sing.

- Do you believe in the life to come?
- Mine was always that.

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

first phrase of “Murphy”


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