James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

James Joyce Quotes

  • ''Jewgreek is greekjew.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 15, "Circe," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). An observation by the hallucinating "cap" in "Circe" that sums up Joyce's adaptation of the Homeric Odyssey for Ulysses.
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  • ''Three quarks for Muster Mark!''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, pt. 2 (1939). This seabirds' chorus provided the name for the hypothetical particle postulated by physicists Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig in 1963.
  • ''The pleasures of love lasts but a fleeting but the pledges of life outlusts a lieftime.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part III, section ii, Penguin (1976). One of Joyce's key thematic statements about the nature of love, narrative and human bonds.
  • ''And the first till last alshemist wrote over every square inch of the only foolscap available, his own body, till by its corrosive sublimation one continuous present tense integument slowly unfolded all marryvoising moodmoulded cyclewheeling history....''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part I, section vi, Penguin (1976). Shem the Penman's story becomes the story of the race, as is the case for the story of the artist in all of Joyce's works.
  • ''He winged away on a wildgoup's chase across the kathartic ocean and made synthetic ink and sensitive paper for his own end out of his wit's waste.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part I, section vi, Penguin (1976). Of the artist in exile.
  • ''When is a man not a man?... When he is a Myours till the rending of the rocks, MSham.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part I, section vi, Penguin (1976). Shem the Penman (or artist) is also a forger or fake.
  • ''Work your progress! Hold to! Now! Win out, ye divil ye! The silent cock shall crow at last. The west shall shake the east awake. Walk while ye have the night for morn, lightbreakfastbringer, morroweth whereon every past shall full fost sleep. Amain.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part III, section ii, Penguin (1976). The hero's story is the artist's progress in Joyce's vision.
  • ''Desire, for hire, would tire a shire.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part III, section iii, Penguin (1976). One of the themes of Finnegans Wake seems to be how sexual desire at once makes the world go round and gets everyone in trouble.
  • ''Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part I, section vii, Penguin (1976).
  • ''I should tell you that honestly, on my honour of a Nearwicked, I always think in a wordworth's of that primed favourite continental poet, Daunty, Gouty and Shopkeeper, A.G., whom the generality admoyers in this that is and that this is to come.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, pt. 3 (1939).

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Best Poem of James Joyce

All Day I Hear The Noise Of Waters

All day I hear the noise of waters
Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going
Forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water's
Monotone.

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.

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At That Hour

At that hour when all things have repose,
O lonely watcher of the skies,
Do you hear the night wind and the sighs
Of harps playing unto Love to unclose
The pale gates of sunrise?

When all things repose, do you alone
Awake to hear the sweet harps play
To Love before him on his way,

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