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'Waiting For Godot' is a tragicomedy in two acts by Samuel Beckett, an Irish writer.

'Waiting For Godot' was a real drama. It shows the conversation between two people to know the mystery of Godot.

Vladamir and Estragon are two men. They met under a tree that has no leaves. They both discussed many issues and revealed that they are waiting for the same man named Godot. Estragon spent the previous night in a ditch and got beaten by an unnamed man, and the story continues.

Here are some quotes from 'Waiting For Godot'. If you are interested in similar quotes, please refer to 'A Doll's House' quotes and Tennessee Williams quotes.

'Waiting For Godot' Important Quotes

There are many vital scenes in 'Waiting For Godot.' It plays in a cryptic manner. In this first act, a boy comes and explains that he is the messenger of Godot. Here are some 'Waiting For Godot' famous quotes from the scene.

1."I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

2.“Nothing happens Nobody comes, nobody goes It s awful.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

3.“Let 's go.

We can't.

Why not?

We're waiting for Godot.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

4."If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

5."Estragon: I can't go on like this.

Vladimir: That's what you think."

― 'Waiting For Godot'.

6.“That's how it is on this [bench] of an earth."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

7."Vladimir: What do they say?

Estragon: They talk about their lives.

Vladimir: To have lived is not enough for them.

Estragon: They have to talk about it."

― 'Waiting For Godot'.

8."I’m glad to see you back. I thought you were gone forever."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

9."We should turn resolutely towards Nature."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

10.“Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today?”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

11.“Don’t question me! The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

12.“When! One day, is that not enough for you, one day he went dumb, one day I went blind, one day we' ll go deaf, one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

13."Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time! It's abominable!"

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

14“I’m going. [He does not move].”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

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

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

'Waiting For Godot' Quotes About Time

The old Broadway musical theater Olympion in Thessaloniki Build 1920

In 'Waiting For Godot,' the accursed time is considered the fourth space dimension of space. The period of this play is unclear, and the events are in relatively chronological order. Here are some 'Waiting For Godot' quotes explained.

16.“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...We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

17.“You are human beings none the less. As far as one can see. Of the same species as myself. Of the same species as Pozzo! Made in God’s image! ”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

18. "We can't ... We're waiting for Godot."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

19."For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

20."Let us do something, while we have the chance! ... Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for one the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us!"

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

21."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'.

22."Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?

Vladimir: Yes, yes, we're magicians."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

This is a quote in which Vladimir is called Didi in the play.

23."They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

'Waiting For Godot' Quotes - Religion

'Waiting For Godot' act has a religious meaning. While 'Godot' is a symbolical representation of God, 'Waiting For Godot' is important as it leads us on the path of salvation. The play depicts the human absurdity and their dependence on illusions, through which the author conveys the message to stay focussed on the truth. Here are some religious quotes from the play.

24."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'.

25."How dare you! It's abominable! Such a good master! Crucify him like that! After so many years! Really!"

― Vladimir to Lucky, 'Waiting For Godot'.

26.“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.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting for Godot'.

27."Vladimir: Our Saviour. Two thieves. One is supposed to have been saved and the other . . . (he searches for the contrary of saved) . . . damned.

Estragon: Saved from what?

Vladimir: Hell."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

28."Estragon: What exactly did we ask him [Godot] for?

Vladimir: Were you not there?

Estragon: I can't have been listening.

Vladimir: Oh . . . Nothing very definite.

Estragon: A kind of prayer.

Vladimir: Precisely.

Estragon:A vague supplication."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

29."Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

30."Vladimir: Well? What do we do?

Estragon: Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

31."Estragon: Pale for weariness.

Vladimir: Eh?

Estragon: Of climbing heaven and gazing on the likes of us."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

32."Estragon: All the dead voices.

Vladimir: They make a noise like wings… Like ashes"

-'Waiting for Godot'.

'Waiting For Godot' Existentialism Quotes

'Waiting For Godot' is a play that shows the rivalry between spiritual and religious beliefs. Vladimir represents people who trust in religion and spiritual beliefs to guide them.

33."Vladimir: What does he do, Mr. Godot? (Silence.) Do you hear me?

Boy: Yes Sir.

Vladimir: Well?

Boy: He does nothing, Sir.

Vladimir: How is your brother?

Boy: He’s sick, Sir."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

34."Vladimir: Let’s wait and see what he says.

Estragon: Who?

Vladimir: Godot.

Estragon: Good idea.

Vladimir: Let’s wait till we know exactly how we stand.

Estragon: On the other hand it might be better to strike the iron before it freezes."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

35."Estragon: Charming spot. (He turns, advances to front, halts, facing auditorium.) Inspiring prospects. (He turns to Vladimir.) Let’s go.

Vladimir: We can’t.

Estragon: Why not?

Vladimir: We’re waiting for Godot.

Estragon: (despairingly). Ah!"

-'Waiting for Godot'.

36."Vladimir: Did I ever leave you?

Estragon: You let me go."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

37."Vladimir: That passed the time.

Estragon: It would have passed in any case.

Vladimir:Yes, but not so rapidly."

-'Waiting For Godot'.

38."Pozzo: I am blind.

Estragon: Perhaps he can see into the future."

-'Waiting for Godot'.

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

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

40."[having lit his pipe] The second is never so sweet . . . [he takes the pipe out of his mouth, contemplates it] . . . as the first I mean. [He puts the pipe back in his mouth.] But it's sweet just the same."

-Pozzo, 'Waiting for Godot'.

41."I get used to the muck as I go along."

-Vladimir, 'Waiting For Godot'.

42."The essential doesn't change."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

43.“There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

44."Nothing to be done."

-Estragon, 'Waiting For Godot'.

45."You waagerrim?"

-Vladimir, 'Waiting For Godot'.

46."Dance, hog!"

-Vladimir, 'Waiting For Godot'.

47.“I suppose we blathered.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot.'

48."There's no lack of void."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot.'

49."Better hope deferred than none."

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

50.“[Looking at the tree] Pity we haven't got a bit of rope.”

― Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'.

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