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Wikipedia Summary for James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement and is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922) is a landmark in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914) and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, letters and occasional journalism.

Joyce was born in Dublin into a middle-class family. A brilliant student, he attended the Jesuit Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare, then, briefly, the Christian Brothers-run O'Connell School. Despite the chaotic family life imposed by his father's unpredictable finances, he excelled at the Jesuit Belvedere College and graduated at University College in Dublin in 1902. In 1904, he met his future wife Nora Barnacle and they moved to mainland Europe. He briefly worked in Pola and then moved to Trieste in Austria-Hungary, working as an English instructor. Except for an eight-month stay in Rome working as a correspondence clerk and three visits to Dublin, Joyce resided there until 1915. In Trieste, he published his book of poems Chamber Music and his short story collection Dubliners, and he began serially publishing The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in the English magazine The Egoist. During most of World War I, Joyce lived in Zürich, Switzerland and worked on Ulysses. After the war, he briefly returned to Trieste and then moved to Paris in 1920, which became his primary residence until 1940.

Ulysses was first published in Paris in 1922, but its publication in England and the United States was prohibited because of its perceived obscenity. Copies were smuggled into both countries and pirated versions were printed until the mid-1930s, when publication finally became legal. Joyce started his next major work, Finnegans Wake, in 1923, publishing it sixteen years later in 1939. Between these years, Joyce travelled widely. He and Nora were married in a civil ceremony in London in 1930. He made a number of trips to Switzerland, frequently seeking treatment for his increasingly severe eye problems and psychological help for his daughter, Lucia. When France was occupied by Germany during World War II, Joyce moved back to Zürich in 1940. He died there in 1941 after surgery for a perforated ulcer, less than one month before his 59th birthday.

Ulysses ranks high in lists of great books of literature, and the academic literature analysing his work is extensive and ongoing. Many writers, film-makers and other artists have been influenced by his stylistic innovations, such as his meticulous attention to detail, use of interior monologue, wordplay, and the radical transformation of traditional plot and character development. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, his fictional universe centres on Dublin and is largely populated by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there. Ulysses in particular is set in the streets and alleyways of the city. Joyce is quoted as saying, "For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."

Quote: Life is the great teacher. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of white cat on brown wooden table
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Life is the great teacher.




Quote: The end he had been born to serve yet did not see had led him to escape by an unseen path and now it beckoned to him once more and a new adventure was about to be opened to him. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of white wall paint with white wall paint
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The end he had been born to serve yet did not see had led him to escape by an unseen path and now it beckoned to him once more and a new adventure was about to be opened to him.


Quote: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.


Let my country die for me.


Quote: I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of aerial photography of trees on mountain
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I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.


Quote: Love loves to love love. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of pink tree
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Love loves to love love.


Quote: A man's errors are his portals of discovery. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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A man's errors are his portals of discovery.


Quote: Mistakes are the portals of discovery. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.


Quote: All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of foggy mountains
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All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light.


Quote: Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.


Quote: Love...is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Love...is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself.


Quote: By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind itself. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind itself.


Quote: Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an aesthetic end. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an aesthetic end.


Quote: Do you know what Ireland is? Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Do you know what Ireland is? Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.


Quote: Resignation is the timid sign of courage. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Resignation is the timid sign of courage.


Quote: This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.


Quote: As you are now so once were we. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

As you are now so once were we.


Quote: Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts secrets weary of their tyranny, tyrants willing to be dethroned. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts secrets weary of their tyranny, tyrants willing to be dethroned.


Quote: What? Corpus. Body. Corpse. Good idea the Latin. Stupefies them first. Hospice for the dying. They don't seem to chew it; only swallow it down. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What? Corpus. Body. Corpse. Good idea the Latin. Stupefies them first. Hospice for the dying. They don't seem to chew it; only swallow it down.


Quote: Bury the dead. Say Robinson Crusoe was true to life. Well, then Friday buried him. Every Friday buries a Thursday if you come to look at it. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Bury the dead. Say Robinson Crusoe was true to life. Well, then Friday buried him. Every Friday buries a Thursday if you come to look at it.


Quote: Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?


Quote: Can't bring back time. Like holding water in your hand. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Can't bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.


Quote: Time is, time was, but time shall be no more. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Time is, time was, but time shall be no more.


Quote: Never know whose thoughts you're chewing. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Never know whose thoughts you're chewing.


Quote: When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water.


Quote: Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer.


Quote: Ask no questions and you'll hear no lies. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Ask no questions and you'll hear no lies.


Quote: 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. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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.


Quote: Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.


Quote: But all they are all there scraping along to sneeze out a likelihood that will solve and salve life's robulous rebus. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

But all they are all there scraping along to sneeze out a likelihood that will solve and salve life's robulous rebus.


Quote: First kiss does the trick. The propitious moment. Something inside them goes pop. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

First kiss does the trick. The propitious moment. Something inside them goes pop.


Quote: Hell is the centre of evils and, as you know, things are more intense at their centres than at their remotest points. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Hell is the centre of evils and, as you know, things are more intense at their centres than at their remotest points.


Quote: A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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


Quote: Rather upsets a man's day a funeral does. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Rather upsets a man's day a funeral does.


Quote: O, dread and dire word. Eternity! What mind of man can understand it? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

O, dread and dire word. Eternity! What mind of man can understand it?


Quote: Desire's wind blasts the thorntree but after it becomes from a bramblebush to be a rose upon the rood of time. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Desire's wind blasts the thorntree but after it becomes from a bramblebush to be a rose upon the rood of time.


Quote: Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute. Shovelling them under by the cartload doublequick. Thousands every hour. Too many in the world. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute. Shovelling them under by the cartload doublequick. Thousands every hour. Too many in the world.


Quote: The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.






Quote: No one wanted him; he was outcast from life's feast. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

No one wanted him; he was outcast from life's feast.




Quote: What dreams would he have, not seeing. Life a dream for him. Where is the justice being born that way? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What dreams would he have, not seeing. Life a dream for him. Where is the justice being born that way?


Quote: A darkness shining in brightness which brightness could not comprehend. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

A darkness shining in brightness which brightness could not comprehend.


Quote: We are all born in the same way but we all die in different ways. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

We are all born in the same way but we all die in different ways.


Quote: Never back a woman you defend, never get quit of a friend on whom you depend, never make face to a foe till he's rife and never get stuck to another man's pfife. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Never back a woman you defend, never get quit of a friend on whom you depend, never make face to a foe till he's rife and never get stuck to another man's pfife.


Quote: The State is concentric, but the individual is eccentric. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The State is concentric, but the individual is eccentric.


Quote: Drugs age you after mental excitement. Lethargy then. Why? Reaction. A lifetime in a night. Gradually changes your character. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Drugs age you after mental excitement. Lethargy then. Why? Reaction. A lifetime in a night. Gradually changes your character.


Quote: Look at the woebegone walk of him. Eaten a bad egg. Poached eyes on ghost. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Look at the woebegone walk of him. Eaten a bad egg. Poached eyes on ghost.


Quote: Dust webbed the window and the showtrays. Dust darkened the toiling fingers with their vulture nails. Dust slept on dull coils of bronze and silver, lozenges of cinnabar, on rubies, leprous and winedark stones. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Dust webbed the window and the showtrays. Dust darkened the toiling fingers with their vulture nails. Dust slept on dull coils of bronze and silver, lozenges of cinnabar, on rubies, leprous and winedark stones.


Quote: I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women.


Quote: YesIsaidyesyesyesyesyes...YesIsaidyes! andagainyesyesyes -- Molly Bloom. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

YesIsaidyesyesyesyesyes...YesIsaidyes! andagainyesyesyes -- Molly Bloom.


Quote: Thought is the thought of thought. Tranquil brightness. The soul is in a manner all that is: the soul is the form of forms. Tranquillity sudden, vast, candescent: form of forms. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Thought is the thought of thought. Tranquil brightness. The soul is in a manner all that is: the soul is the form of forms. Tranquillity sudden, vast, candescent: form of forms.


Quote: I have left my book, I have left my room, For I heard you singing Through the gloom. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I have left my book, I have left my room, For I heard you singing Through the gloom.


Quote: Every age must look for its sanction to its poetry and philosophy, for in these the human mind, as it looks backward or forward, attains to an eternal state. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Every age must look for its sanction to its poetry and philosophy, for in these the human mind, as it looks backward or forward, attains to an eternal state.


Quote: Beware the horns of a bull, the heels of the horse, and the smile of an Englishman. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Beware the horns of a bull, the heels of the horse, and the smile of an Englishman.


Quote: What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds.


Quote: I will not say nothing. I will defend my church and my religion when it is insulted and spit on. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I will not say nothing. I will defend my church and my religion when it is insulted and spit on.


Quote: There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present.


Quote: Ulisses. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Ulisses.


Quote: We have the liberal arts and we have the useful arts. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

We have the liberal arts and we have the useful arts.


Quote: What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?


Quote: Don't you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do?...To give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote: Don't you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do?...To give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own.- black text on quotes background

Don't you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do?...To give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own.


Quote: Time's ruins build eternity's mansions. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Time's ruins build eternity's mansions.


Quote: Here's lumbos. Where misties swaddlum, where misches lodge none, where mystries pour kind on, O sleepy! So be yet! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Here's lumbos. Where misties swaddlum, where misches lodge none, where mystries pour kind on, O sleepy! So be yet!


Quote: Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods.


Quote: But Noodynaady's actual ingrate tootle is of come into the garner mauve and thy nice are stores of morning and buy me a bunch of iodines. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

But Noodynaady's actual ingrate tootle is of come into the garner mauve and thy nice are stores of morning and buy me a bunch of iodines.


Quote: Poppypap's a passport out. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Poppypap's a passport out.


Quote: Civilization may be said indeed to be the creation of its outlaws. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Civilization may be said indeed to be the creation of its outlaws.


Quote: The pleasures of love lasts but a fleeting but the pledges of life outlusts a lieftime. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The pleasures of love lasts but a fleeting but the pledges of life outlusts a lieftime.


Quote: She was well primed with a good load of Delahunt's port under her bellyband. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

She was well primed with a good load of Delahunt's port under her bellyband.


Quote: My puns are not trivial. They are quadrivial. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

My puns are not trivial. They are quadrivial.


Quote: What's yours is mine and what's mine is my own. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What's yours is mine and what's mine is my own.


Quote: Bite my laughters, drink my tears. Pore into me, volumes, spell me stark and spill me swooning, I just don't care what my thwarters think. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Bite my laughters, drink my tears. Pore into me, volumes, spell me stark and spill me swooning, I just don't care what my thwarters think.


Quote: I am proud to be an emotionalist. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I am proud to be an emotionalist.


Quote: To remember that and the white look of the lavatory made him feel cold and then hot. There were two cocks that you turned and water came out: cold and hot. He felt cold and then a little hot: and he could see the names printed on the cocks. That was a very queer thing. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote; white text on black background

To remember that and the white look of the lavatory made him feel cold and then hot. There were two cocks that you turned and water came out: cold and hot. He felt cold and then a little hot: and he could see the names printed on the cocks. That was a very queer thing.


Quote: Death, a cause of terror to the sinner, is a blessed moment for him who has walked in the right path. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Death, a cause of terror to the sinner, is a blessed moment for him who has walked in the right path.


Quote: I am quite content to go down to posterity as a scissors and paste man for that seems to me a harsh but not unjust description. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I am quite content to go down to posterity as a scissors and paste man for that seems to me a harsh but not unjust description.


Quote: Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.


Quote: Sentimentality is unearned emotion. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Sentimentality is unearned emotion.


Quote: People could put up with being bitten by a wolf but what properly riled them was a bite from a sheep. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

People could put up with being bitten by a wolf but what properly riled them was a bite from a sheep.




Quote: Life, he himself once said.. is a wake, livit or krikit, and on the bunk of our bread-winning lies the cropse of our seedfather, a phrase which the establisher of the world by law might pretinately write across the chestfront of all manorwombanborn. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Life, he himself once said.. is a wake, livit or krikit, and on the bunk of our bread-winning lies the cropse of our seedfather, a phrase which the establisher of the world by law might pretinately write across the chestfront of all manorwombanborn.


Quote: There is only one thing that makes any one athlete better than another, his heart. We all put our underwear on feet first, so we are all human. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

There is only one thing that makes any one athlete better than another, his heart. We all put our underwear on feet first, so we are all human.


Quote: In woman's womb word is made flesh but in the spirit of the maker all flesh that passes becomes the word that shall not pass away. This is the postcreation. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

In woman's womb word is made flesh but in the spirit of the maker all flesh that passes becomes the word that shall not pass away. This is the postcreation.


Quote: He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.




Quote: The important thing is not what we write but how we write, and in my opinion the modern writer must be an adventurer above all, willing to take every risk, and be prepared to founder in his effort if need be. In other words we must write dangerously. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The important thing is not what we write but how we write, and in my opinion the modern writer must be an adventurer above all, willing to take every risk, and be prepared to founder in his effort if need be. In other words we must write dangerously.


Quote: Gerty Mc Dowell'a kur yapıp kalbini kazanacak olan adamın tam bir erkek olması gerekiyordu. Ama bekliyordu, h l birinin ona teklif etmesini bekliyordu, ayrıca bu yıl artık yıldı ve yakında bitecekti.
S.339. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Gerty Mc Dowell'a kur yapıp kalbini kazanacak olan adamın tam bir erkek olması gerekiyordu. Ama bekliyordu, h l birinin ona teklif etmesini bekliyordu, ayrıca bu yıl artık yıldı ve yakında bitecekti.
S.339.


Quote: Riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.


Quote: We are bound together by the sympathy of our antipathies. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

We are bound together by the sympathy of our antipathies.


Quote: Let people get fond of each other: lure them on. Then tear asunder. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Let people get fond of each other: lure them on. Then tear asunder.




Quote: Oblige me by taking away that knife. I can't look at the point of it. It reminds me of Roman history. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Oblige me by taking away that knife. I can't look at the point of it. It reminds me of Roman history.


Quote: Very gratefully, with grateful appreciation, with sincere appreciative gratitude, in appreciatively grateful sincerity of regret, he declined. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Very gratefully, with grateful appreciation, with sincere appreciative gratitude, in appreciatively grateful sincerity of regret, he declined.


Quote: It seems to me you do not care what banality a man expresses so long as he expresses it in Irish. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

It seems to me you do not care what banality a man expresses so long as he expresses it in Irish.


Quote: To say that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic merit, is no better than to say he is rheumatic or diabetic. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

To say that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic merit, is no better than to say he is rheumatic or diabetic.


Quote: I'll tickle his catastrophe. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I'll tickle his catastrophe.


Quote: You get a decent do at the Brazen Head. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

You get a decent do at the Brazen Head.


Quote: Our souls, shame-wounded by our sins, cling to us yet more, a woman to her lover clinging, the more the more. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Our souls, shame-wounded by our sins, cling to us yet more, a woman to her lover clinging, the more the more.


Quote: The voices blend and fuse in clouded silence: silence that is infinite of space: and swiftly, silently the sound is wafted over regions of cycles of cycles of generations that have lived. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The voices blend and fuse in clouded silence: silence that is infinite of space: and swiftly, silently the sound is wafted over regions of cycles of cycles of generations that have lived.


Quote: Man and woman, love, what is it? A cork and a bottle. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Man and woman, love, what is it? A cork and a bottle.


Quote: His heart danced upon her movement like a cork upon a tide. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

His heart danced upon her movement like a cork upon a tide.


Quote: It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.




Quote: Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.


Quote: Wipe your glosses with what you know. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Wipe your glosses with what you know.


Quote: 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. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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.




Quote: I am not likely to die of bashfulness but neither am I prepared to be crucified to attest the perfection of my art. I dislike to hear of any stray heroics on the prowl for me. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I am not likely to die of bashfulness but neither am I prepared to be crucified to attest the perfection of my art. I dislike to hear of any stray heroics on the prowl for me.


Quote: It was cold autumn weather, but in spite of the cold they wandered up and down the roads of the Park for nearly three hours. They agreed to break off their intercourse; every bond, he said, is a bond to sorrow. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

It was cold autumn weather, but in spite of the cold they wandered up and down the roads of the Park for nearly three hours. They agreed to break off their intercourse; every bond, he said, is a bond to sorrow.


Quote: Shaw's works make me admire the magnificent tolerance and broadmindedness of the english. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Shaw's works make me admire the magnificent tolerance and broadmindedness of the english.


Quote: British Beatitudes! ... Beer, beef, business, bibles, bulldogs, battleships, buggery and bishops. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

British Beatitudes! ... Beer, beef, business, bibles, bulldogs, battleships, buggery and bishops.


Quote: He kissed the plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump, on each plump melonous hemisphere, in their mellow yellow furrow, with obscure prolonged provocative melonsmellonous osculation. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

He kissed the plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump, on each plump melonous hemisphere, in their mellow yellow furrow, with obscure prolonged provocative melonsmellonous osculation.


Quote: Frequent and violent temptations were a proof that the citadel of the soul had not fallen and that the devil raged to make it fall. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Frequent and violent temptations were a proof that the citadel of the soul had not fallen and that the devil raged to make it fall.


Quote: 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. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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.


Quote: A way a lone a last a loved a long the--. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

A way a lone a last a loved a long the--.


Quote: Never let us do wrong, because our opponents did so. Let us, rather, by doing right, show them what they ought to have done, and establish a rule the dictates of reason and conscience, rather than of the angry passions. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Never let us do wrong, because our opponents did so. Let us, rather, by doing right, show them what they ought to have done, and establish a rule the dictates of reason and conscience, rather than of the angry passions.


Quote: You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote: You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.- black text on quotes background

You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.


Quote: Though their life was modest, they believed in eating well. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Though their life was modest, they believed in eating well.


Quote: First, in the history of words there is much that indicates the history of men, and in comparing the speech of to-day with that ofyears ago, we have a useful illustration of the effect of external influences on the very words of a race. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

First, in the history of words there is much that indicates the history of men, and in comparing the speech of to-day with that ofyears ago, we have a useful illustration of the effect of external influences on the very words of a race.


Quote: You behold in me, Stephen said with grim displeasure, a horrible example of free thought. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

You behold in me, Stephen said with grim displeasure, a horrible example of free thought.


Quote: Make me feel good in the moontime. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Make me feel good in the moontime.


Quote: It is their segnall for old Champelysied to seek the shades of his retirement and for young Chappielassies to tear a round and tease their partners lovesoftfun at Finnegan's Wake. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

It is their segnall for old Champelysied to seek the shades of his retirement and for young Chappielassies to tear a round and tease their partners lovesoftfun at Finnegan's Wake.


Quote: Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!


Quote: Phall if you but will, rise you must: and none so soon either shall the pharce for the nunce come to a setdown secular phoenish. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Phall if you but will, rise you must: and none so soon either shall the pharce for the nunce come to a setdown secular phoenish.


Quote: Lord, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Lord, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low.


Quote: In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!


Quote: They lived and laughed and loved and left. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

They lived and laughed and loved and left.


Quote: One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.


Quote: Broken heart. A pump after all, pumping thousands of gallons of blood every day. One fine day it gets bunged up and there you are... Old rusty pumps: damn the thing else. The resurrection and the life. Once you are dead you are dead. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Broken heart. A pump after all, pumping thousands of gallons of blood every day. One fine day it gets bunged up and there you are... Old rusty pumps: damn the thing else. The resurrection and the life. Once you are dead you are dead.


Quote: He comes into the world God knows how, walks on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth. What drivel is this? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

He comes into the world God knows how, walks on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth. What drivel is this?


Quote: God spoke to you by so many voices but you would not hear. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

God spoke to you by so many voices but you would not hear.


Quote: I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not or, if I spoke to her, how I could tell her of my confused adoration. But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not or, if I spoke to her, how I could tell her of my confused adoration. But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.


Quote: But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.


Quote: What? Corpus. Body. Corpse. Good idea the Latin. Stupifies them first. Hospice for the dying. They don't seem to chew it; only swallow it down. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

What? Corpus. Body. Corpse. Good idea the Latin. Stupifies them first. Hospice for the dying. They don't seem to chew it; only swallow it down.


Quote: The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius.


Quote: Every jackass going the roads thinks he has ideas. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Every jackass going the roads thinks he has ideas.


Quote: An Irishman needs three things : silence, cunnning, and exile. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

An Irishman needs three things : silence, cunnning, and exile.


Quote: O cold ! O shivery ! It was your ambrosial beauty. Forget, forgive. Kismet. Let me off this once. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

O cold ! O shivery ! It was your ambrosial beauty. Forget, forgive. Kismet. Let me off this once.


Quote: We were always loyal to lost causes...Success for us is the death of the intellect and of the imagination. ~ Professor MacHugh. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

We were always loyal to lost causes...Success for us is the death of the intellect and of the imagination. ~ Professor MacHugh.


Quote: Each lost soul will be a hell unto itself, the boundless fire raging in its very vitals. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Each lost soul will be a hell unto itself, the boundless fire raging in its very vitals.


Quote: The artist... standing in the position of mediator between the world of his experience and the world of his dreams -- 'a mediator, consequently gifted with twin faculties, a selective faculty and a reproductive faculty.' To equate these faculties was the secret of artistic success. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote: The artist... standing in the position of mediator between the world of his experience and the world of his dreams -- 'a mediator, consequently gifted with twin faculties, a selective faculty and a reproductive faculty.' To equate these faculties was the secret of artistic success.- black text on quotes background

The artist... standing in the position of mediator between the world of his experience and the world of his dreams -- 'a mediator, consequently gifted with twin faculties, a selective faculty and a reproductive faculty.' To equate these faculties was the secret of artistic success.


Quote: Masturbation! The amazing availability of it! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Masturbation! The amazing availability of it!




Quote: Under cover of her silence he pressed her arm closely to his side; and, as they stood at the hotel door, he felt that they had escaped from their lives and duties, escaped from home and friends and run away together with wild and radiant hearts to a new adventure. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Under cover of her silence he pressed her arm closely to his side; and, as they stood at the hotel door, he felt that they had escaped from their lives and duties, escaped from home and friends and run away together with wild and radiant hearts to a new adventure.


Quote: The Irish are people who will never have leaders, for at the great moment they always desert them. They have produced one skeleton -- Parnell -- never a man. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The Irish are people who will never have leaders, for at the great moment they always desert them. They have produced one skeleton -- Parnell -- never a man.


Quote: --Pascal, if I remember rightly, would not suffer his mother to kiss him as he feared the contact of her sex. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

--Pascal, if I remember rightly, would not suffer his mother to kiss him as he feared the contact of her sex.


Quote: A certain pride, a certain awe, withheld him from offering to God even one prayer at night, though he knew it was in God's power to take away his life while he slept and hurl his soul hellward ere he could beg for mercy. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

A certain pride, a certain awe, withheld him from offering to God even one prayer at night, though he knew it was in God's power to take away his life while he slept and hurl his soul hellward ere he could beg for mercy.


Quote: The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed.




Quote: Quotation marks quotato marks! Bah! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Quotation marks quotato marks! Bah!


Quote: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: -- -- Introibo ad altare Dei. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote; white text on black background

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: -- -- Introibo ad altare Dei.


Quote: Evening had fallen. A rim of the young moon cleft the pale waste of sky line, the rim of a silver hoop embedded in grey sand: and the tide was flowing in fast to the land with a low whisper of her waves, islanding a few last figures in distant pools. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Evening had fallen. A rim of the young moon cleft the pale waste of sky line, the rim of a silver hoop embedded in grey sand: and the tide was flowing in fast to the land with a low whisper of her waves, islanding a few last figures in distant pools.


Quote: Gentle lady, do not sing Sad songs about the end of love; Lay aside sadness and sing How love that passes is enough. Sing about the long deep sleep Of lovers that are dead, and how In the grave all love shall sleep: Love is aweary now. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Gentle lady, do not sing Sad songs about the end of love; Lay aside sadness and sing How love that passes is enough. Sing about the long deep sleep Of lovers that are dead, and how In the grave all love shall sleep: Love is aweary now.


Quote: Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.


Quote: 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 forever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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 forever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.




Quote: My body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

My body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.


Quote: Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory.


Quote: His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.


Quote: Sparkling bronze azure eyed Blazure's skyblue bow and eyes. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Sparkling bronze azure eyed Blazure's skyblue bow and eyes.


Quote: His brain was simmering and bubbling within the cracking tenement of the skull.Flames burst forth from his skull like a corolla,shrieking like voices: -Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

His brain was simmering and bubbling within the cracking tenement of the skull.Flames burst forth from his skull like a corolla,shrieking like voices: -Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell!


Quote: Does nobody understand? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Does nobody understand?


Quote: A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella.


Quote: No more pain. wake no more. nobody owns. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

No more pain. wake no more. nobody owns.


Quote: Tenors get women by the score. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Tenors get women by the score.


Quote: A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.


Quote: He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances. He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a verb in the past tense. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote: He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances. He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a verb in the past tense.- black text on quotes background

He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances. He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a verb in the past tense.


Quote: Life is too short to read a bad book. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Life is too short to read a bad book.


Quote: Signatures of all things I am here to read. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Signatures of all things I am here to read.


Quote: Ineluctable modality of the visible; at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Ineluctable modality of the visible; at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read.


Quote: There's many a true word spoken in jest. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

There's many a true word spoken in jest.


Quote: I don't want to die. Damn death. Long live life. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I don't want to die. Damn death. Long live life.


Quote: Always see a fellows weak point in his wife. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Always see a fellows weak point in his wife.


Quote: Ena milo melomon, frai is frau and swee is too, swee is two when swoo is free, ana mala woe is we! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Ena milo melomon, frai is frau and swee is too, swee is two when swoo is free, ana mala woe is we!


Quote: The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.


Quote: Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap her round, he presses in his arms the loveliness which has long faded from the world. Not this. Not at all. I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap her round, he presses in his arms the loveliness which has long faded from the world. Not this. Not at all. I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world.




Quote: Read your own obituary notice; they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Read your own obituary notice; they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life.


Quote: I hear the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppled masonry, and time one livid final flame. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

I hear the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppled masonry, and time one livid final flame.


Quote: So beautiful of course compared with what a man looks like with his two bags full and his other thing hanging down out of him or sticking up at you like a hatrack no wonder they hide it with a cabbageleaf. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

So beautiful of course compared with what a man looks like with his two bags full and his other thing hanging down out of him or sticking up at you like a hatrack no wonder they hide it with a cabbageleaf.


Quote: Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatesoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatesoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer.


Quote: No, it did a lot of other things, too. 
turning down fan who asked to kiss the hand that wrote Ulysses. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

No, it did a lot of other things, too.
turning down fan who asked to kiss the hand that wrote Ulysses.






Quote: His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly throughout the universe and faintly falling, like the decent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly throughout the universe and faintly falling, like the decent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.


Quote: Damn it, I can understand a fellow being hard up but what I can't understand is a fellow sponging. Couldn't he have some spark of manhood about him? by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Damn it, I can understand a fellow being hard up but what I can't understand is a fellow sponging. Couldn't he have some spark of manhood about him?


Quote: His blood began to murmur in his veins, murmuring like a sinful city summoned from its sleep to hear its doom. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

His blood began to murmur in his veins, murmuring like a sinful city summoned from its sleep to hear its doom.


Quote: Suck it yourself, sugarstick! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Suck it yourself, sugarstick!


Quote: I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- -silence, exile and cunning. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote; white text on black background

I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- -silence, exile and cunning.


Quote: Grace before Glutton. For what we are, gifs a gross if we are, about to believe. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

Grace before Glutton. For what we are, gifs a gross if we are, about to believe.


Quote: The barometer of his emotional nature was set for a spell of riot. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The barometer of his emotional nature was set for a spell of riot.


Quote: The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.


Quote: 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. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

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.




Quote: Winds of May, that dance on the sea,

Dancing a ring-around in glee

From furrow to furrow, while overhead

The foam flies up to be garlanded,

In silvery arches spanning the air,

Saw you my true love anywhere?

Welladay! Welladay!

For the winds of May!

Love is unhappy when love is away! by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote: Winds of May, that dance on the sea,

Dancing a ring-around in glee

From furrow to furrow, while overhead

The foam flies up to be garlanded,

In silvery arches spanning the air,

Saw you my true love anywhere?

Welladay! Welladay!

For the winds of May!

Love is unhappy when love is away!- black text on quotes background

Winds of May, that dance on the sea,

Dancing a ring-around in glee

From furrow to furrow, while overhead

The foam flies up to be garlanded,

In silvery arches spanning the air,

Saw you my true love anywhere?

Welladay! Welladay!

For the winds of May!

Love is unhappy when love is away!


Quote: But we are living in a sceptical and, if I may use the phrase, a thought-tormented age: and sometimes I fear that this new generation, educated or hyper-educated as it is, will lack those qualities of humanity, of hospitality, of kindly humour which belonged to an older day. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of James Joyce quote; white text on black background

But we are living in a sceptical and, if I may use the phrase, a thought-tormented age: and sometimes I fear that this new generation, educated or hyper-educated as it is, will lack those qualities of humanity, of hospitality, of kindly humour which belonged to an older day.


Quote: The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant's heart on the hillside. by author James Joyce overlaid on photo of photo of author James Joyce with quote

The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant's heart on the hillside.


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