Quotations by Joyce, James


I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
“Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages,” lecture, Università Popolare, Trieste (27 Apr 1907)
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Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
“The Mirage of the Fisherman of Aran: England’s Safety Valve in Case of War,” Piccolo della Sera (5 Sep 1912)
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It is a curious thing, do you know, Cranly said dispassionately, how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5 (1916)
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— Then, said Cranly, you do not intend to become a protestant?
— I said that I had lost the faith, Stephen answered, but not that I had lost self-respect. What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5 (1916)
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There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
Letter to Augusta Gregory (22 Nov 1902)
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My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish writer, poet
Letter to his brother, Stanislaus Joyce (19 Feb 1907)
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