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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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„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.

„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

„I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books that no one will read. It is not as though I wanted to write them.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: I think the next little bit of excitement is flying. I hope I am not too old to take it up seriously, nor too stupid about machines to qualify as a commercial pilot. I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books that no one will read. It is not as though I wanted to write them. The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1929–1940 (2009), p. 362

„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.

„What I assert, deny, question, in the present, I still can.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: What I assert, deny, question, in the present, I still can. But mostly I shall use the various tenses of the past. For mostly I do not know, it is perhaps no longer so, it is too soon to know, I simply do not know, perhaps shall never know.

„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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„I was not made for the great light that devours, a dim lamp was all I had been given, and patience without end, to shine it on the empty shadows.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: I was not made for the great light that devours, a dim lamp was all I had been given, and patience without end, to shine it on the empty shadows. I was a solid in the midst of other solids.

„Nothing is more real than nothing.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: Nothing is more real than nothing. <!-- p, 16

„For had I been able to conceive something worse than what I had I would have known no peace until I got it, if I know anything about myself.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: Anything worse than what I do, without knowing what, or why, I have never been able to conceive, and that doesn’t surprise me, for I never tried. For had I been able to conceive something worse than what I had I would have known no peace until I got it, if I know anything about myself.

„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.

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„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.

„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 [http://www.hypocritereader.com/5/beckett-and-failure "Beckett and Failure", in Realism, Issue 5 (June 2011)]

„I did my best to go in a circle, hoping in this way to go in a straight line.“

— Samuel Beckett
Context: Having heard, or more probably read somewhere, in the days when I thought I would be well advised to educate myself, or amuse myself, or stupefy myself, or kill time, that when a man in a forest thinks he is going forward in a straight line, in reality he is going in a circle, I did my best to go in a circle, hoping in this way to go in a straight line. For I stopped being half-witted and became sly, whenever I took the trouble … and if I did not go in a rigorously straight line, with my system of going in a circle, at least I did not go in a circle, and that was something.

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