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"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." Eugene Ionesco
Découvertes (1970) As one of the pioneer playwrights of the "Theater of the Absurd," it is unsurprising that Ionesco would focus on the question rather than the answer or results, as the Absurdist movement did not frequently deal with logical conclusions. Add Category or Author

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"Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us." Eugene Ionesco
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"There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation." Eugene Ionesco
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"Describe a circle, stroke its back and it turns vicious." Eugene Ionesco
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"Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair." Eugene Ionesco
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"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together." Eugene Ionesco
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Dreams    French Dramatist   

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"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind" Eugene Ionesco
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"You've always made the mistake of being yourself" Eugene Ionesco
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"We have not the time to take our time." Eugene Ionesco
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"Living is abnormal." Eugene Ionesco
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French Dramatist    Living   

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"Realism, whether it be socialist or not, falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination." Eugene Ionesco
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"For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart." Eugene Ionesco
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"A civil servant doesn't make jokes" Eugene Ionesco
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Jokes   

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"I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a 'will to renewal'. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of 'crises', of rupture, re" Eugene Ionesco
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"Of course, not everything is unsayable in words, only the living truth" Eugene Ionesco
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"A nose that can see is worth two that sniff." Eugene Ionesco
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"There is nothing truer than myth: history, in its attempt to ''realize'' myth, distorts it, stops halfway; when history claims to have ''succeeded,'' this is nothing but humbug and mystification. Everything we dream is ''realizable.'' Reality does not have to be: it is simply what it is." Eugene Ionesco
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"A man with a soul is not like every other man." Eugene Ionesco
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"I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water." Eugene Ionesco
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"Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well." Eugene Ionesco
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"No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa." Eugene Ionesco
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