Thursday, August 31, 2006

Favorite Samuel Beckett Quote

I always thought old age would be a writer’s best chance. Whenever I read the late work of Goethe or W. B. Yeats I had the impertinence to identify with it. Now, my memory’s gone, all the old fluency’s disappeared. I don’t write a single sentence without saying to myself, "It’s a lie!" So I know I was right. It’s the best chance I’ve ever had.

—Samuel Beckett, at 74 (interviewed by Lawrence Shainberg for The Paris Review, 1981)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the whole "interview" (memoir):
http://www.samuel-beckett.net/ShainExor1.html

September 9, 2006 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see even beckett knows its your last chance
sieg

September 14, 2006 at 7:08 AM  

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