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James Joyce Quotes


25 James Joyce quotes:



"History,' Stephen said, 'is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake"
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: History Quotes
"Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"What did that mean, to kiss? You put your face up like that to say goodnight and then his mother put her face down. That was to kiss. His mother put her lips on his cheek; her lips were soft and they wetted his cheek; and they made a tiny little noise: kiss. Why did people do that with their two faces?"
"Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Achievement Quotes
"I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day."
"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."
"A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"When the Irishman is found outside of Ireland in another environment, he very often becomes a respected man. The economic and intellectual conditions that prevail in his own country do not permit the development of individuality. 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."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Environment Quotes Exile Quotes
"Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Heaven Quotes
"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Glory Quotes
"While you have a thing it can be taken from you... but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Giving Quotes
"When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Mistakes Quotes
"No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination."
"It's designed to capture viruses from your entire blood system. It's designed to capture viruses before cells and organs can be infected."
Author: Joyce Quotes Category: Blood Quotes
"Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another's soul."
"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."



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