Monday, April 13, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Samuel Beckett

Our birthday boy and quotable Irish writer is Samuel Beckett

...and I have to say, he has one of the most intense looks I've ever seen, with a chiseled face and wild hair that cartoonists must have loved!

Here's a little background from

Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. Beckett's work offers a bleak outlook on human culture and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist. As a student, assistant, and friend of James Joyce, Beckett is considered by many one of the last modernists; as an inspiration to many later writers, he is sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is also considered one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called "Theatre of the Absurd."
Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 for his "writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". Beckett was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984. He died in Paris of respiratory problems.

For those of you who want to know more about the man, see which looks to be a rather complete resource for all things Beckett.

And now, the quotes:

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

“I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.”

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness”

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.”

“What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.”

“Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.”

“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.”

“Habit is a great deadener.”

Cheers! - Jason

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