James Joyce

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

James Joyce Quotes

  • ''All moanday, tearsday, wailsday, thumpsday, frightday, shatterday till the fear of the Law.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, pt. 2 (1939).
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  • ''Nations have their ego, just like individuals.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Public lecture originally at the Universita Popolare, an adult education center in Trieste, 1907. "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," The Critical Writings, eds. Richard Ellmann and Ellsworth Mason, Viking (1959).
  • ''I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Lecture, April 27, 1907, Università Popolare Triestina. "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," sct. 35, Critical Writings, eds. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann (1959).
  • ''No one who has any self-respect stays in Ireland, but flees afar as though from a country that has undergone the visitation of an angered Jove.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. From a public lecture delivered at the Universita Popolare, an adult education center in Trieste in 1907. "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," The Critical Writings, eds. Richard Ellmann and Ellsworth Mason, Viking (1959).
  • ''Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. lecture, February 15, 1902, University College, Dublin; repr. in Critical Writings, sct. 8, eds. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann (1959). "James Clarence Mangan," (first published 1902).
  • ''A nation is the same people living in the same place.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Leopold Bloom, in Ulysses, ch. 12 (1922).
  • ''All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light, but though I seem to be driven out of my country as a misbeliever I have found no man yet with a faith like mine.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. letter from a private collection, Nov. 22, 1902. in which Joyce declared his intention of leaving Ireland for good. An inaccurate text, taken from a typescript of this letter, is printed in Letters of James Joyce, vol. 1 (1957).
  • ''My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Letter, February 19, 1907, to his brother, Stanislaus Joyce. Letters of James Joyce, ed. Richard Ellmann, vol. 2, Viking (1966).
  • ''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 (1882-1941), Irish author. Mr. Duffy, in Dubliners, "A Painful Case," (1914). Of his relationship with Mrs. Sinico.
  • ''An improper art aims at exciting in the way of comedy the feeling of desire but the feeling which is proper to comic art is the feeling of joy.''
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Manuscript notebook composed in Paris, 1903-1904. Paris Notebook, The Critical Writings, eds. Richard Ellmann and Ellsworth Mason, Viking (1959). Many of the entries in this notebook were later transposed into Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Ulysses (1922).

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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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From Dewy Dreams

From dewy dreams, my soul, arise,
From love's deep slumber and from death,
For lo! the treees are full of sighs
Whose leaves the morn admonisheth.

Eastward the gradual dawn prevails
Where softly-burning fires appear,
Making to tremble all those veils
Of grey and golden gossamer.

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