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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

Truth Quotes

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Quote #22

VLADIMIR
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.

Quote #23

POZZO
It isn't by any chance the place known as the Board?
VLADIMIR
Never heard of it.
POZZO
What is it like?
VLADIMIR
(looking round) It's indescribable. It's like nothing. There's nothing. There's a tree.
POZZO
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.)

Quote #24

VLADIMIR
And you are Pozzo?
POZZO
Certainly I am Pozzo.
VLADIMIR
The same as yesterday?
POZZO
Yesterday?
VLADIMIR
We met yesterday. (Silence.) Do you not remember?
POZZO
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.

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