Quotes by James Joyce

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
- James Joyce
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce
Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.
- James Joyce
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When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
- James Joyce
Nations have their ego, just like individuals.
- James Joyce
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
- James Joyce
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
- James Joyce
God spoke to you by so many voices but you would not hear.
- James Joyce
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
- James Joyce
My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
- James Joyce
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It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.
- James Joyce
If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
- James Joyce
Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.
- James Joyce
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
- James Joyce
My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.
- James Joyce
A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
- James Joyce
Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
- James Joyce
The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.
- James Joyce
He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.
- James Joyce
Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.
- James Joyce
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
- James Joyce
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
- James Joyce
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
- James Joyce
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce
The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.
- James Joyce
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
- James Joyce
You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
- James Joyce
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
- James Joyce
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
- James Joyce
Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
- James Joyce
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
- James Joyce
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
- James Joyce
I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.
- James Joyce
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
- James Joyce
The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
- James Joyce
I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.
- James Joyce