Absurdism at its best

Excerpts from: Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”

“VLADIMIR:

I get used to the muck as I go along.

ESTRAGON:

( after prolonged reflection) . Is that the opposite?

VLADIMIR:

Question of temperament.

ESTRAGON:

Of character.

VLADIMIR:

Nothing you can do about it.

ESTRAGON:

No use struggling.

VLADIMIR:

One is what one is.

ESTRAGON:

No use wriggling.

VLADIMIR:

The essential doesn’t change.”

“POZZO:

Ah! Why couldn’t you say so before? Why he doesn’t make himself comfortable? Let’s try and get this clear. Has he not the right to? Certainly he has. It follows that he doesn’t want to. There’s reasoning for you. And why doesn’t he want to? ( Pause. ) Gentlemen, the reason is this.

VLADIMIR:

( to Estragon) . Make a note of this.

POZZO:

He wants to impress me, so that I’ll keep him.”

“VLADIMIR:

What is terrible is to have thought.

ESTRAGON:

But did that ever happen to us?

VLADIMIR:

Where are all these corpses from?

ESTRAGON:

These skeletons.

VLADIMIR:

Tell me that.

ESTRAGON:

True.

VLADIMIR:

We must have thought a little.”