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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett
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Waiting for Godot Suffering Quotes

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Quote #1

VLADIMIR You must be happy too, deep down, if you only knew it. (2.38)


This reinforces the problem with doubt; the men can’t be happy until they are sure they are happy. Since, as Estragon so eloquently says, "nothing is certain," it follows that the men can never be happy.

Quote #2

VLADIMIR Say you are, even if it's not true. ESTRAGON What am I to say? VLADIMIR Say, I am happy. ESTRAGON I am happy. VLADIMIR So am I. ESTRAGON So am I. VLADIMIR We are happy. ESTRAGON We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy? (2.42-9)


Vladimir and Estragon try to fake happiness, only to find that the label "happy" is as meaningless as, well, just about everything else in the play.

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