10 Quotes From Samuel Beckett’s Absurd Classic “Waiting for Godot”

Waiting for Godot is Samuel Beckett’s classic of existential¬†literature and part of the ground breaking Theatre of the Absurd.

Here are 10 quotes that illustrate why:

  1. “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.”

  2. “Let’s go. Yes, let’s go. (They do not move).”

  3. “To-morrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of to-day?”

  4. “Nothing to be done.”

  5. “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.”

  6. “Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the gravedigger puts on the forceps.”¬†

  7. “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.”

  8. “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!”

  9. “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!”

  10. “We are all born mad. Some remain so.”