Samuel Beckett (b. April 13): “We are all born mad.”

13 Apr

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Samuel Beckett (born 13 April 1906, died 22 December 1989) was an Irish author best known for his plays, but he also wrote novels and for radio and television. He is known for Waiting for Godot. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

Quotes on writing, etc:

  1. Words are all we have.
  2. My mistakes are my life.
  3. We are all born mad. Some remain so.
  4. I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
  5. Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
  6. Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter, try again, fail again, Fail better.
  7. Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile… a stain upon the silence.
  8. James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyser, trying to leave out as much as I can.

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