Samuel Beckett

13 Apr 1906 // 22 Dec 1989


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The more people I meet the happier I become.
From the meanest creature one departs wiser, richer, more conscious of one's blessings.
In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness.
Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed�.To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!
There's no lack of void.
We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener.
We wait. We are bored. (He throws up his hand.) No, don't protest, we are bored to death, there's no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. Come, let's get to work! (He advances towards the heap, stops in his stride.) In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone more, in the midst of nothingness!
The essential doesn't change.
I�m like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget.
There is man in his entirety, blaming his shoe when his foot is guilty.
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