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Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
I found the offer of a knighthood something that I couldn't possibly accept. I found it to be somehow squalid, a knighthood. There's a relationship to government about knights.
The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either.
This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.
I never think of myself as wise. I think of myself as possessing a critical intelligence which I intend to allow to operate.
I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?
The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.
All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.
I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.
I ought not to speak about the dead because the dead are all over the place.
I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right.
Clinton's hands remain incredibly clean, don't they, and Tony Blair's smile remains as wide as ever. I view these guises with profound contempt.
Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo.
One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
I could be a bit of a pain in the arse. Since I've come out of my cancer, I must say I intend to be even more of a pain in the arse.
I think that NATO is itself a war criminal.
It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.
Beckett had an unerring light on things, which I much appreciated.
One's life has many compartments.
My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
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