Quotes

11 November 2014
It seems to me you do not care what banality a man expresses so long as he expresses it in Irish.
11 November 2014
MUpon my word it makes my blood boil to hear anyone compare Aristotle with Plato. MWhich of the two, Stephen asked, would have banished me from his commonwealth?
11 November 2014
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
11 November 2014
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
11 November 2014
History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
11 November 2014
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
11 November 2014
Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
11 November 2014
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
11 November 2014
I shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.
11 November 2014
If the Irish programme did not insist on the Irish language I suppose I could call myself a nationalist. As it is, I am content to recognize myself an exile: and, prophetically, a repudiated one.

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