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Ireland sober is Ireland stiff. ...
by James Joyce

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
- James Joyce

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.
- James Joyce

He found in the world without as actual what was in
his world within as possible.
- James Joyce

 

A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material
battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
- James Joyce

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever
devised for sins committed in previous lives.
The English reading public explains the reason why.
- James Joyce

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My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
- James Joyce

When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
- James Joyce

I think a child should be allowed to take his father's
or mother's name at will on coming of age.
Paternity is a legal fiction.
- James Joyce

Better pass boldly into that other world,
in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
- James Joyce

There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent
to the church as a human being.
- James Joyce

No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time,
no quiet, no inclination.
- James Joyce

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art;
it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
- James Joyce

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
- James Joyce

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows,
is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
- James Joyce

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic,
is always a revolt against artifice,
a revolt,
in a sense, against actuality.
- James Joyce

You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence:
and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
- James Joyce

Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
- James Joyce

The artist, like the God of the creation,
remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork,
invisible, refined out of existence,
indifferent,
paring his fingernails.
- James Joyce

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of
a world a mother's love is not.
- James Joyce

The demand that I make of my reader is that he should
devote his whole Life to reading my works.
- James Joyce

And then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes
and then he asked me would I yes and his heart was
going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.
- James Joyce

Men are governed by lines of intellect -
women: by curves of emotion.
- James Joyce

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.
I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
- James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional
and are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.
- James Joyce

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds
that have lost their balance.
- James Joyce

I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will
keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant,
and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.
- James Joyce

I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
- James Joyce

Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
- James Joyce

If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
- James Joyce

A nation is the same people living in the same place.
- James Joyce

A corpse is meat gone bad.
Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
- James Joyce

The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.
- James Joyce

Think you're escaping and run into yourself.
Longest way round is the shortest way home.
- James Joyce

Nations have their ego, just like individuals.
- James Joyce

Love between man and man is impossible because there
must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between
man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse.
- James Joyce

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland

I would love to write the story of my upbringing in Ireland.
- Fiona Shaw

The part which American friendship played in helping
us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland
has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.
- Eamon de Valera

Ireland and England are like two sisters;
I would have them embrace like one brother.
- Boyle Roche

The way forward is by building political support for
republican and democratic objectives across Ireland
and by winning support for these goals internationally.
- Gerry Adams

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who
speaks the Northern Ireland speech.
It's a terrific complicating factor,
not just in Northern Ireland,
but Ireland generally.
- Seamus Heaney

We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines
in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.
- Marianne Williamson

Sinn Fein is the fastest growing party on the island of Ireland.
- Martin McGuinness

Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred,
little room, maimed us at the start.
I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart.
- William Butler Yeats

I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland,
for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
- Elizabeth I

I sure love Ireland.
The first trip I ever made was last year when I did this record in Dublin.
- Michael W. Smith

I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me,
not what someone thinks I am.
People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous.
- Van Morrison

What Ireland needs now above all else is peace.
- Albert Reynolds

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails
upon me the penalty of death;
but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it.
- Thomas Francis Meagher

It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money
for your first communion.
- Roma Downey

Some mornings you wake up and think,
gee I look handsome today.
Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies?
I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.
- Liam Neeson

I remember my first show was a live TV show in Ireland,
and I was just petrified.
It was horrific.
- Caroline Corr

Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond -
had to try to make sense of was what was happening
on a day-to-day political level.
- Paul Muldoon

I'm 78, I'm on my pension in Ireland,
and all that good stuff.
- Anne McCaffrey

Ireland has a role to play in making the E.U.
united and strong.
- John Bruton

They want to derail peace because they want to plunge
Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.
- Peter Mandelson

Rain is also very difficult to film,
particularly in Ireland because it's quite fine,
so fine that the Irish don't even acknowledge that it exists.
- Alan Parker

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
- Seamus Heaney

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.
- Ron Wood

Indeed, American companies make three times as much
profits from their investment in one E.U.
country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China.
- John Bruton

The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years.
Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe,
things can only get better for the Irish.
- Eddie Murphy

Going back to Ireland involves at least six to seven
emotional breakdowns for me per day.
- Anjelica Huston

It wasn't so long ago that it was not popular to speak
Gaelic in Ireland because the areas that Gaelic is
spoken in were much poorer areas.
- Enya

My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once.
I found it to be very much like New York,
for it was a beautiful country, and both the women
and men were good-looking.
- James Cagney

Ireland.
Great for the spirit - very bad for the body.
- Hugh Dancy

We shall not fight for the preservation of the enemy,
which has laid waste with death and desolation the
fields and hills of Ireland for 700 years.
- James Larkin

One American said that the most interesting thing about
Holy Ireland was that its people hate each other in
the name of Jesus Christ.
And they do!
- Bernadette Devlin


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