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Eugene Ionesco

1912-1994 ,  French-Romanian playwright
Eugene IonescoFrench-Romanian playwright and dramatist, one of the foremost playwrights of Theatre of the Absurd.
Major works: The Bald Soprano (1950), The Chairs (1952), Rhinoceros (1959), Exit the King (1962)

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Fondle a circle and it will become vicious.

I didn't mean you were stupid. It's just that you're not logical, which isn't the same thing at all.

We are all Victims of Duty.

Only the ephemeral lasts.

I am convinced that the riots and student disorders must be linked to a biological need.

You have to write for yourself, that's how you can get to others.

Wanting to be of one's time is already outdated.

Life is surprising, a lot of unexpected things can happen to you. Small, not big ones.

There are diseases that are healthy.

Oh words, what crimes are committed in your name!

Nothing is new under the sun even when there is no sun.

Reason is the folly of the powerful. The reason of the less powerful is a folly.

All the plays that have ever been written, from ancient Greece to the present day, have never really been anything but thrillers... Every play's an investigation brought to a successful conclusion.

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician.

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

It's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind.

You know, the Cathars believed that the world was not created by God but by a demon who had stolen a few technological secrets from Him and made this world — which is why it doesn’t work.

I have never been to the Right, nor have I been a Communist, because I have experienced, personally, both forms of totalitarianism. It is those who have never lived under tyranny who call me petit bourgeois.

People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.

That's how we stay young these days: murder and suicide.

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

I long for solitude and yet I cannot stand it.

All cats are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore Socrates is a cat.

making a parody of the classic syllogism by Aristotle

I still forget, sometimes, that I am no longer 12 years old.

A work of art really is above all an adventure of the mind.

I've always been suspicious of collective truths.

Cut off from his religious, metaphysical and transcendental roots, man is lost; all his actions become senseless, absurd, useless.

The critic should describe, and not prescribe.

Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.

If one does not understand the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful, one cannot understand art.

The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

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God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don’t feel so well myself.


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