James Joyce

James Joyce

Irish writer

Lived from: 1882-1941

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: James Joyce

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    A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
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    A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
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    A nation is the same people living in the same place.
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    All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light, but though I seem to be driven out of my country as a misbeliever I have found no man yet with a faith like mine.
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    Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
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    Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
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    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?
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    History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
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    I shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.
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    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.
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    Life is too short to read a bad book.
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    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.
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    Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
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    Nations have their ego, just like individuals.

    Source: Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages (1907)

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    No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
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