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Samuel Beckett

Date de naissance: 13. avril 1906
Date de décès: 22. décembre 1989

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Samuel Barclay Beckett, né le 13 avril 1906 à Foxrock et mort le 22 décembre 1989 à Paris, est un écrivain, poète et dramaturge irlandais d'expression française et anglaise, prix Nobel de littérature en 1969.

Il est l'auteur de romans, tels que Molloy, Malone meurt et L'Innommable et de poésies en prose, mais il est surtout connu pour son œuvre théâtrale. Sa pièce de théâtre la plus célèbre est En attendant Godot, chef-d'œuvre absolu du théâtre de l'absurde. Son œuvre est austère et minimaliste, ce qui est généralement interprété comme l'expression d'un profond pessimisme face à la condition humaine. Ce pessimisme n'exclut cependant pas l'usage d'humour omniprésent chez l'auteur, l'un étant au service de l'autre, pris dans le cadre plus large d'une immense entreprise de dérision.

Avec le temps, il traite ces thèmes dans un style de plus en plus lapidaire, tendant à rendre sa langue de plus en plus concise et sèche. En 1969, il reçoit le prix Nobel de littérature pour « son œuvre, qui à travers un renouvellement des formes du roman et du théâtre, prend toute son élévation dans la destitution de l'homme moderne ».

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Citations Samuel Beckett

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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.

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„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.

„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.

„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.

„Nothing is more real than nothing.“

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

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„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.

„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.

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