James Joyce Quotes

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde, and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the twentieth century.

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James Joyce


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce


Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.

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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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(...) The new nine muses, Commerce, Operatic Music, Amor, Publicity, Manufacture, Liberty of Specch, Plural Voting, Gastronomy, Private Hygiene, Seaside Concert Entertainments, Painless Obstetrics and Astronomy for the People.

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A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

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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.

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My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.

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Oh rocks!' says Molly Bloom, drumming her fingers in impatience. 'Tell us in plain words."

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It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.

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His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.

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The peace of the gardens and the kindly lights in the windows poured a tender influence into his restless heart.

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All human history moves towards one great goal

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Civilization may be said indeed to be the creation of its outlaws.

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Children must be educated by love, not punishment.

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Thought is the thought of thought.

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