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Quote Left Mother is putting my new secondhand clothes in order. She prays now, she says, that I may learn in my own life and away from home and friends what the heart is and what it feels. Amen. So be it. Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. Quote Right
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Quote Left Amen. So be it. Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the ... Quote Right
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Quote Left Night, Night. Tellmetale of stem or stone. Beside the rivering waters of hitherandthithering waters of the Night! Quote Right
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Quote Left Jesus was a bachelor and never lived with a woman. Surely living with a woman is one of the most difficult things a man has to do, and he never did it. Quote Right
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Quote Left History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awaken. Quote Right
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Quote Left By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in the vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind... Quote Right
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Quote Left The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was fallin... Quote Right
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Quote Left He winged away on a wildgoup's chase across the kathartic ocean and made synthetic ink and sensitive paper for his own end out of his wit's wa... Quote Right
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Quote Left Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. Quote Right
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Quote Left History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. Quote Right
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Quote Left Our civilization, bequeathed to us by fierce adventurers, eaters of meat and hunters, is so full of hurry and combat, so busy about many things which perhaps are of no importance, that it cannot but see something feeble in a civilization which smiles as it refuses to make the battlefield the test of excellence. Quote Right
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Quote Left Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why. Quote Right
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Quote Left When I heard the word stream uttered with such a revolting primness, what I think of is urine and not the contemporary novel. And besides, it isn't new, it is far from the dernier cri. Shakespeare used it continually, much too much in my opinion, and there's Tristam Shandy, not to mention the Agamemnon. Quote Right
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Quote Left Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives. Quote Right
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Quote Left Mistakes are the portals of discovery. Quote Right
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Quote Left No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left I call that a scumhead. Quote Right
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Quote Left A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. Quote Right
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Quote Left A tide began to surge beneath the calm surface of Stephen's friendliness. This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am. Try to be one of us, repeated Davin. In your heart you are an Irishman but your pride is too powerful. My ancestors threw off their language and took another, Stephen said. They allowed a handful of foreigners to subject them. Do you fancy that I am going to pay in my own life and person debts they made? What for? For our freedom, said Davin. No honourable and sincere man, said Stephen, has given up to you his life and his youth and his affections from the days of Wolfe Tone to those of Parnell, but you sold him to the enemy or failed him in need or reviled him and left him for another. And you invite me to be one of you. I'd see you damned first. They died for their ideals, Stevie, said Davin. Our day will come yet, believe me. Stephen, following his own thought, was silent for an instant... When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets ... Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow. Quote Right
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Quote Left The pleasures of love lasts but a fleeting but the pledges of life outlusts a lieftime. Quote Right
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Quote Left Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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 mortality. Quote Right
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Quote Left A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. Quote Right
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Quote Left By the age of 45, I knew I could no longer start a sentence with a mention of strudel. My fingers would want to do it but my mind just wouldn't react. Quote Right
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Quote Left Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America. Quote Right
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Quote Left You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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