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Samuel Beckett

Geburtstag: 13. April 1906
Todesdatum: 22. Dezember 1989

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Samuel Barclay Beckett war ein irischer Schriftsteller. Er gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Schriftsteller des 20. Jahrhunderts und wurde 1969 mit dem Nobelpreis für Literatur ausgezeichnet. Sein bekanntestes Werk ist „Warten auf Godot“ , das am 5. Januar 1953 in Paris uraufgeführt wurde. Die erste Aufführung im deutschsprachigen Raum fand am 8. September 1953 im Schlossparktheater Berlin statt.

Beckett war zunächst britischer, nach der Unabhängigkeit Irlands 1921 dann irischer Staatsbürger, lebte aber seit 1937 ständig in Frankreich. Seine ersten Texte verfasste er in englischer Sprache, in seiner mittleren und fruchtbarsten Phase schrieb er überwiegend französisch, später wechselte er zwischen beiden Sprachen, oft von Text zu Text, und übersetzte seine Werke häufig selbst in die jeweils andere Sprache.

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Zitate Samuel Beckett

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„I wish them all an atrocious life and then the fires and ice of hell and in the execrable generations to come an honoured name.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: Let me say before I go any further that I forgive nobody. I wish them all an atrocious life and then the fires and ice of hell and in the execrable generations to come an honoured name.

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

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

„I played the part, you know, the part of — how shall I say, I don’t know.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: I knew it would soon be the end, so I played the part, you know, the part of — how shall I say, I don’t know.

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„Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: All the things you would do gladly, oh without enthusiasm, but gladly, all the things there seems no reason for your not doing, and that you do not do! Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into.

„Some of this rubbish has come in handy on occasions, I don’t deny it, on occasions which would never have arisen if they had left me in peace. I use it still, to scratch my arse with.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: What they were most determined for me to swallow was my fellow creatures. In this they were without mercy. I remember little or nothing of these lectures. I cannot have understood a great deal. But I seem to have retained certain descriptions, in spite of myself. They gave me courses on love, on intelligence, most precious, most precious. They also taught me to count, and even to reason. Some of this rubbish has come in handy on occasions, I don’t deny it, on occasions which would never have arisen if they had left me in peace. I use it still, to scratch my arse with.

„Saying is inventing. Wrong, very rightly wrong.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: And truly it little matters what I say, this or that or any other thing. Saying is inventing. Wrong, very rightly wrong. You invent nothing, you think you are inventing, you think you are escaping, and all you do is stammer out your lesson, the remnants of a pensum one day got by heart and long forgotten, life without tears, as it is wept.

„Strictly speaking I wasn’t there. Strictly speaking I believe I’ve never been anywhere.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: Normally I didn’t see a great deal. I didn’t hear a great deal either. I didn’t pay attention. Strictly speaking I wasn’t there. Strictly speaking I believe I’ve never been anywhere.

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„Personally of course I regret everything.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: Personally of course I regret everything. Not a word, not a deed, not a thought, not a need, not a grief, not a joy, not a girl, not a boy, not a doubt, not a trust, not a scorn, not a lust, not a hope, not a fear, not a smile, not a tear, not a name, not a face, no time, no place, that I do not regret, exceedingly. An ordure, from beginning to end. Part I, p. 37

„By nature I mean here, like the naïvest realist, a composite of perceiver and perceived, not a datum, an experience.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: By nature I mean here, like the naïvest realist, a composite of perceiver and perceived, not a datum, an experience. All I wish to suggest is that the tendency and accomplishment of this painting are fundamentally those of previous painting, straining to enlarge the statement of a compromise. Also quoted in "Beckett and Failure", in Realism, Issue 5 (June 2011) http://www.hypocritereader.com/5/beckett-and-failure

„I have never been disappointed, and I often was in the early days, without feeling at the same time, or a moment later, an undeniable relief.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: Yes, I don’t know why, but I have never been disappointed, and I often was in the early days, without feeling at the same time, or a moment later, an undeniable relief.

„Nohow less. Nohow worse. Nohow naught. Nohow on.“

—  Samuel Beckett
Context: Enough. Sudden enough. Sudden all far. No move and sudden all far. All least. Three pins. One pinhole. In dimmost dim. Vasts apart. At bounds of boundless void. Whence no farther. Best worse no farther. Nohow less. Nohow worse. Nohow naught. Nohow on.

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