Samuel Beckett Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old samuel beckett quotes, samuel beckett sayings, and samuel beckett proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Samuel Beckett

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.     

Samuel Beckett

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.     

Samuel Beckett

Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena.     

Samuel Beckett

We are all born mad. Some remain so.     

Samuel Beckett

The confusion is not my invention. We cannot listen to a conversation for five minutes without being aware of the confusion. It is all around us and our only chance now is to let it in. The only chance of renovation is to open our eyes and see the mess. It is not a mess you can make sense of.     

Samuel Beckett

We are all born mad. Some remain so.     

Samuel Beckett

We are all born crazy. Some of us remain that way.     

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

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In my head there are several windows, that I do know, but perhaps it is always the same one, open variously on the parading universe.     

Samuel Beckett

The only sin is the sin of being born.     

Samuel Beckett

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.     

Samuel Beckett

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

Samuel Beckett

There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.     

Samuel Beckett

The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too.     

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The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain.     

Samuel Beckett

The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.     

Samuel Beckett

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile a stain upon the silence.     

Samuel Beckett

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

Samuel Beckett

Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena.     

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In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.      

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To him who has nothing it is forbidden not to relish filth.     

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What is this love that more than all the cursed deadly or any other of its great movers so moves the soul and soul what is this soul that more than by any of its great movers is by love so moved?     

Samuel Beckett

The bicycle is a great good. But it can turn nasty, if ill employed.     

Samuel Beckett

Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.     

Samuel Beckett

Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick.     

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

Samuel Beckett

In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.     

Samuel Beckett

It was December, I had never felt so cold, the eel soup lay heavy on my stomach, I was afraid I’d die, I turned aside to vomit, I envied them.     

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If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window.     

Samuel Beckett