Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
Waiting for Godot Truth Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
But that is not the question. What are we doing 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— (2.526)
Again, this is ironic; the one fact the men are absolutely certain of is surrounded by the most doubt and questioning.
It isn't by any chance the place known as the Board?
Never heard of it.
What is it like?
(looking round) It's indescribable. It's like nothing. There's nothing. There's a tree.
Then it's not the Board. (2.707-11)
Pozzo convinces himself of "facts" by using an arbitrary and contrived system of logic. The fact that there is a tree in the scenery has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not this is "the Board." (Actually, "the Board" is an old word for "stage," so in fact the setting IS the Board. Pozzo is not only faking certainty, he’s just plain wrong.)
And you are Pozzo?
Certainly I am Pozzo.
The same as yesterday?
We met yesterday. (Silence.) Do you not remember?
I don't remember having met anyone yesterday. But tomorrow I won't remember having met anyone today. So don't count on me to enlighten you. (2.746-51)
The constant state of uncertainty is the only consistent, objective truth in Waiting for Godot.