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A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
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A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
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A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
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A nation is the same people living in the same place.
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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.
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Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
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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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Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
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He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.
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I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
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I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
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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.
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I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.
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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.
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If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
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Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.
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Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
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Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
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Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another's soul.
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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.
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Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.
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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
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My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
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My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.
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Nations have their ego, just like individuals.
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No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
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Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
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Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
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Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.
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The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
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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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The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.
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The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.
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There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
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Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.
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Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
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When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
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Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
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Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives.
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You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
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Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
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