Top quotes by James Joyce

James Joyce's top quotes. 'Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.' 'Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.'

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Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.

Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.

Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.

When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.

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.

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.

Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.

My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.

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.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.

He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.

The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.

I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

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