James Joyce Quotes

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A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 9, 1922)
There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present.
James Joyce
Love loves to love love.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 12, 1922)
He tried to weigh his soul to see if it was a poet's soul.
James Joyce (Dubliners, 1914)
The mocker is never taken seriously when he is most serious.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 9, 1922)
Life is the great teacher.
James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)
Ask no questions and you'll hear no lies.
James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)
Love, yes. Word known to all men.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 9, 1922)
Do fish ever get seasick.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 13, 1922)
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
James Joyce (Letter to Augusta Gregory, 1902)
I don't want to die. Damn death. Long live life!
James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)
It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 14, 1922)
We are all born in the same way but we all die in different ways.
James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.
James Joyce (Ulysses, 1922)
History... is a nightmare from which I am trying to wake.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 2, 1922)
How soft, how sad his voice is ever calling,
Ever unanswered, and the dark rain falling.
James Joyce (Pomes Penyeach - She Weeps Over Rahoon, 1927)
Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
James Joyce (Letter)
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 9, 1922)
White roses and red roses: those were beautiful colours to think of.
James Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916)
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.
James Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916)
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
James Joyce (Lecture in Dublin, 1902)
Every age must look for its sanction to its poetry and philosophy, for in these the human mind, as it looks backward or forward, attains to an eternal state.
James Joyce (Lecture in Dublin, 1902)
The pleasures of love lasts but a fleeting but the pledges of life outlasts a lifetime.
James Joyce (Finnegans Wake, 1939)
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.
James Joyce (Letter to his brother Stanislaus, 1905)
But it's no use, says he. Force, hatred, history, all that. That's not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it's the very opposite of that that is really life.
James Joyce (Ulysses - Chapter 12, 1922)
Love between man and man is impossible because there must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse.
James Joyce (Dubliners, 1914)
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.
James Joyce (Dubliners, 1914)
He was not sure what idea he wished to express but the thought that a poetic moment had touched upon him took life within him like an infant hope.
James Joyce (Dubliners, 1914)
Around us fear, descending 
Darkness of fear above 
And in my heart how deep unending 
Ache of love! 
James Joyce (On the Beach at Fontana)
He (Jesus) 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?
James Joyce (Stephen Hero, 1944)
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James Joyce Biography

Born: February 2, 1882
Died: January 13, 1941

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet. He was a incredibly influential writer during and after his time. He is best known for being the author of the highly successful book Ulysses.

Notable Works

Dubliners (1914)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914 - 1915)
Ulysses (1922)
Pomes Penyeach (1927)
Finnegans Wake (1939)
Exiles and Poetry