re-blogged James Joyce quotes

adding to the below a YouTube bio that sparked an online debate — see commentary

YouTube credit for “Biography: James Joyce”: published on Jan 3, 2013 by Pobednik1985  with subtitles in Serbian, just to make it more linguistic

James Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet. Below is a list of some Inspirational James Joyce Quotes. He contributed […] The post Inspirational James Joyce Quotes appeared first on Logical Quotes.

via Inspirational James Joyce Quotes — Logical Quotes

“To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.”

“Shut your eyes and see.”

“And then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.”

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”

“There’s no friends like the old friends.”

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

“The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant’s heart on the hillside.”

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”

“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.”

“Life is too short to read a bad book.”

“Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory.”

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

“I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.”

“But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.”

“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”

“This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.”

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.”

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”

“I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy.”

“The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.”

“I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.”

“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.”

“First we feel. Then we fall.”

“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”

“The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.”

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

“Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?”

“Love loves to love love.”

“You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.”

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