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HAMM:Scoundrel! Why did you engender me?NAGG:I didn't know.HAMM:What? What didn't you know?NAGG:That it'd be you.(Pause.)

HAMM:Scoundrel! Why did you engender me?NAGG:I didn't know.HAMM:What? What didn't you know?NAGG:That it'd be you.(Pause.)


         

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


         


I tried to groan, Help! Help! But the tone that came out was that of polite conversation.

I tried to groan, Help! Help! But the tone that came out was that of polite conversation.


         

Dying for dark - the darker the worse. Strange.

Dying for dark - the darker the worse. Strange.


         


Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of.

Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of.


         

It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible.

It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible.


         

Words are all we have.

Words are all we have.


         

As it is with the love of the body, so with the friendship of the mind, the full is only reached by admittance to the most retired places.

As it is with the love of the body, so with the friendship of the mind, the full is only reached by admittance to the most retired places.


         

Memory and Habit are attributes of the Time cancer. They control the most simple Proustian episode, and an understanding of their mechanism must precede any particular analysis of their application.

Memory and Habit are attributes of the Time cancer. They control the most simple Proustian episode, and an understanding of their mechanism must precede any particular analysis of their application.


         

To every man his little cross. Till he dies. And is forgotten.

To every man his little cross. Till he dies. And is forgotten.


         

Words are the clothes thoughts wear.

Words are the clothes thoughts wear.


         


What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.

What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.


         

To be always what I am - and so changed from what I was.

To be always what I am - and so changed from what I was.


         

You're on Earth. There's no cure for that.

You're on Earth. There's no cure for that.


         

The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.

The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.


         

Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven't yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle.

Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven't yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle.


         

If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love.

If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love.


         

Incontinent the void. The zenith. Evening again. When not night it will be evening. Death again of deathless day. On one hand embers. On the other ashes. Day without end won and lost. Unseen.

Incontinent the void. The zenith. Evening again. When not night it will be evening. Death again of deathless day. On one hand embers. On the other ashes. Day without end won and lost. Unseen.


         

How do you manage it, she said, at your age? I told her I'd been saving up for her all my life.

How do you manage it, she said, at your age? I told her I'd been saving up for her all my life.


         

Estragon: You see, you feel worse when I'm with you. I feel better alone, too.Vladmir: Then why do you always come crawling back?Estragon: I don't know.

Estragon: You see, you feel worse when I'm with you. I feel better alone, too.Vladmir: Then why do you always come crawling back?Estragon: I don't know.