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'Waiting for Godot' Quotes

Samuel Beckett's Infamous Existential Play

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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

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Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. The play depicts the meaninglessness of life--with its repetitive plot, where nothing much happens. Here are a few quotes from Waiting for Godot.
  • "Let's go. Yes, let's go. (They do not move)."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Act I
  • "Nothing to be done."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
  • "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. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. Let us not speak well of it either. Let us not speak of it at all. It is true the population has increased." - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
  • "Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the gravedigger puts on the forceps." - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
  • "I don't seem to be able... (long hesitation) to depart."
  • - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
  • "Such is life."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "Our Saviour. Two thieves. One is supposed to have been saved and the other (he searches for the contrary of saved) damned."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "Saved from what?"
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "We are all born mad. Some remain so."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!"
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "But that is not the question. Why are we here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in this immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "To-morrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of to-day?"
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave-digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. (He listens.) But habit is a great deadener."
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
     
  • "We wait. We are bored. (He throws up his hand.) No, don't protest, we are bored to death, there's no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste... In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness!"
    - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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