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54 of the Best James Joyce Quotes (ULYSSES)

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A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.Pin
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.Pin
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.Pin
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present.Pin
There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.Pin
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.Pin
Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.Pin
Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus.Pin
People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus.
All Moanday, Tearday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, Shatterday.Pin
All Moanday, Tearday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, Shatterday.
I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.Pin
I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.

17 James Joyce Quotes About Life

“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.”

James Joyce
Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.Pin
Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.
Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.Pin
Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.Pin
It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.
To learn, one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.Pin
To learn, one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.
Shut your eyes and see.Pin
Shut your eyes and see.
The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.Pin
The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.Pin
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
Ask no questions and you’ll hear no lies.Pin
Ask no questions and you’ll hear no lies.
Life is too short to read a bad book.Pin
Life is too short to read a bad book.
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.Pin
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.Pin
The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.
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.Pin
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.
We were always loyal to lost causes, the professor said. Success for us is the dark of the intellect and of the imagination.Pin
We were always loyal to lost causes, the professor said. Success for us is the dark of the intellect and of the imagination.
Fall if you will, but rise you must.Pin
Fall if you will, but rise you must.
He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.Pin
He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.

“The important thing is not what we write but how we write, and in my opinion the modern writer must be an adventurer above all, willing to take every risk, and be prepared to founder in his effort if need be. In other words we must write dangerously.”

James Joyce

7 James Joyce Quotes on Nation and Discovery

When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.Pin
When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.
A nation is the same people living in the same place.Pin
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
Nations have their ego, just like individuals.Pin
Nations have their ego, just like individuals.
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.Pin
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.Pin
This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.
If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.Pin
If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.Pin
I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.

9 James Joyce Quotes About Love

First we feel. Then we fall.Pin
First we feel. Then we fall.
But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.Pin
But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.
All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light.Pin
All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light.
Men are governed by lines of intellect – women by curves of emotion.Pin
Men are governed by lines of intellect – women by curves of emotion.
My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.Pin
My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.
Man and woman, love, what is it? A cork and a bottle.Pin
Man and woman, love, what is it? A cork and a bottle.
First kiss does the trick. The propitious moment. Something inside them goes pop.Pin
First kiss does the trick. The propitious moment. Something inside them goes pop.
They lived and laughed and loved and left.Pin
They lived and laughed and loved and left.
Love loves to love love.Pin
Love loves to love love.

11 Bizarre James Joyce Quotes to Make You Think

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.Pin
Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.
Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.Pin
Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.
Absence, the highest form of presence.Pin
Absence, the highest form of presence.
I am proud to be an emotionalist.Pin
I am proud to be an emotionalist.
Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?Pin
Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?
Every jackass going the roads thinks he has ideas.Pin
Every jackass going the roads thinks he has ideas.
A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.Pin
A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what’s cheese? Corpse of milk.
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.Pin
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
God spoke to you by so many voices but you would not hear.Pin
God spoke to you by so many voices but you would not hear.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why. Pin
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.Pin
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
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