Samuel Barclay Beckett was a 20th-century Irish poet, playwright, and novelist. He is famous for his works like “Waiting for Godot”. His childhood was often marked with periodic experiences of severe depression that would keep him in bed for half a day or so. These experiences would later influence his literary works.
His youth was marked with travels from Britain, Germany, and France, which he considered home. He wrote stories, poems, and did several odd jobs to support him.
His experiences during his travels and the people he met are reflected in his characters and stories. In 1937 he was stabbed by a pimp after he refused his solicitations. During his recovery, he met Suzanne, who would later become his wife and lifetime partner. After meeting his attacker later, he decided to drop charges to avoid publicity.
He was often considered a hermit and avoided publicity of any kind throughout his life. However, his close circle often described him as amiable and always ready to discuss his work process. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Samuel Beckett Quotes
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.- Samuel Beckett
Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It’s awful.- Samuel Beckett
There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.- Samuel Beckett
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.- Samuel Beckett
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile… a stain upon the silence.- Samuel Beckett
We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?- Samuel Beckett
There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.- Samuel Beckett
What do I know of man’s destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.- Samuel Beckett
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world.- Samuel Beckett
Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.- Samuel Beckett