Brendan F. Behan

Irish Republican, poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright

Lived from: 1923-1964

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
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    A general and a bit of shooting makes you forget your troubles... it takes your mind off the cost of living.
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    A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
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    All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
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    Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
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    God forgive us—but most of us grew up to be the sort of men our mothers warned us against.
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    I am a daylight atheist.
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    If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
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    Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.
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    It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
    Source: Brendan Behan: interviews and recollections (1982)
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    New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
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    One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
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    Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.
    Source: The wit of Brendan Behan (1968)
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    So many belonging to me lay buried in Kilbarrack, the healthiest graveyard in Ireland, they said, because it was so near the sea.
    Source: Borstal Boy pt. 3 (1958)
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    The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
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