Tuesday, November 11, 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.
James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Letter, November 6, 1906, to his brother, Stanislaus Joyce. Selected Letters of James Joyce, ed. Richard Ellmann, Viking (1975).
Joyce eschewed the linguistic revolution that was a large part of the nationalistic scene.