Quotations From JAMES JOYCE

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  • 41.
    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 of years ago, we have a useful illustration of the effect of external influences on the very words of a race.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. From a holograph manuscript written during Joyce's matriculation at University College, Dublin, 1898 or 1899. "The Study of Languages," The Critical Writings, eds. Richard Ellmann and Ellsworth Mason, Viking (1959).

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  • 42.
    There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. letter, Nov. 22, 1902, in which Joyce declared his intention of leaving Ireland for good; an inaccurate text, taken from a typescript of this letter, is printed in Letters of James Joyce, vol. 1 (1957). From a private collection.
  • 43.
    The Irishman's house is his coffin.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 6, "Hades," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Leopold Bloom comments on Ireland and death.

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  • 44.
    He affirmed his significance as a conscious rational animal proceeding syllogistically from the known to the unknown and a conscious rational reagent between a micro and macrocosm ineluctably constructed upon the incertitude of the void.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 17, "Ithaca," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). The best Stephen Dedalus can do in modernist terms on the subject of perfectibility in the catechism section of Ulysses.

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  • 45.
    Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Stephen Hero, episode 26, New Directions (1944). Stephen Daedalus is the speaker in this passage from Joyce's unfinished manuscript, Stephen Hero. Less than half the manuscript exists, and it was published only after Joyce's death.

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  • 46.
    When the soul of man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5. Stephen Dedalus speaks of his relation to Ireland, but the preposition "by" holds a double meaning for the flight-inspired Daedalian artist: both beyond and by means of.

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  • 47.
    He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 9, "Scylla and Charybdis," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Stephen Dedalus on Shakespeare.

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  • 48.
    Where there is a reconciliation, Stephen said, there must have been first a sundering.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 9, "Scylla and Charybdis," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Stephen Dedalus on one of the basic plots of literature.
  • 49.
    We are an unfortunate priestridden race and always were and always will be till the end of the chapter.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 1. Simon Dedalus speaks of Ireland at the family Christmas dinner.
  • 50.
    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.
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Exiles, notes (written 1914-1915, published 1952).

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