All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.
Samuel Beckett, from Brainy Quote
“Play it (again), Sam”
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Samuel Beckett has only nine quotations, most of them from Waiting for Godot. We miss his remark about what it will be like in the afterlife: â€œWe’ll sit around talking about the good old days, when we wished that we were dead.â€
Read the full article By Louis Menand on the Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Fred Shapiro at The New Yorker
Here’s a blog that compiles “a collection of quotes, anecdotes, trivia, top 10 listings and other noteworthy messages that surround the world of fiction -and its writers.”
The title, by the way, is apparently a misspelling of the name of a town in Guatemala, as well as a kind of rum made in the region. (“Zac,” the author of the About page, claims to have the correct spelling, but I don’t know why.)
It’s a good idea but it doesn’t seem to be updated as often as it might. Still, it’s a fun place to visit now and again. I am not sure that the quote I found on Brainy Quote is included in the Yale Book, but it should be.