Samuel Beckett

Ireland
13 Apr 1906 // 22 Dec 1989
Writer

The Real Consciousness Is the Chaos

I do nothing, with as little shame as satisfaction. It is the state that suits me best. I write the odd poem when it is there, that is the only thing worth doing. There is an ecstasy of «accidia» — will-less in a grey tumult of «idées obscures». There is an end to the temptation of light, its polite scorchings & consolations. It is good for children & insects. There is an end of making up one's mind, like a pound of tea, an end of patting the butter of consciousness into opinions. The real consciousness is the chaos, a grey commotion of mind, with no premises or conclusions or problems or solutions or cases or judgments.

Samuel Beckett, in 'The Letters of Samuel Beckett'
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