Quotations by James Joyce

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Born: Thursday, February 2, 1882
Died: Monday, January 13, 1941 (58 years old)
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Irish


A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
- James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Genius, Discovery, Errors, Man, Mistakes)

A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Discovery, Errors, Man)

A nation is the same people living in the same place.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: People, Living, Nation)

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.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Heart, Eyes, Will)

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Age, Glory, Passion, World)

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: America, Columbus, Posterity)

He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: World)

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Day, Future, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Fear, Words)

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
(Keywords: Legal, Age, Mother, Father, Fiction, Name, Will)

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
(Keywords: Immortality, Will)

If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: First, Ireland)

Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Ireland, Old)

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Ireland)

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Art, Pleasure, Schools)

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
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Man, Woman)

Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Men, Emotion, Intellect)

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Discovery, Mistakes)

My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Soul)

My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Words)

Nations have their ego, just like individuals.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Ego, Nations)

No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Time, Pen, Quiet)

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Poetry, Sense)

Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Romantic, Satan, Youth)

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Balance, Hunting, Shakespeare)

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Men, Thoughts, Actions)

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
(Keywords: God, Artist, Creation, Existence)

The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Life, Reading)

The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Men, Now)

There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Church, Being, Heresy, Philosophy)

Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Home)

Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
- James Joyce

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Love, Mother, World)

When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Heart, Will)

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
(Keywords: English, Public, Reading, Reason, Writing)

You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Forget, Heaven, Woman)

Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
- James Joyce
(Keywords: Obvious)







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