The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues...
I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.
The only thing I envy in young people is their livers.
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
The English and Americans dislike only some Irish--the same Irish that the Irish themselves detest, Irish writers--the ones that think.
I only take a drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
I am a drinker with writing problems.
I'm a Communist by day and a Catholic as soon as it gets dark.
An author's first duty is to let down his country.
Many a man has decided to stay alive not because of the will to live but because of the determination not to give assorted surviving bastards the satisfaction of his death.
New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
Every cripple has his own way of walking.
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.
Nothing hurts more than the friendly letter that one never got around to writing.
Failure at a task may be the result of having tackled it at the wrong time.
I saw a notice that said "Drink Canada Dry" and I've just started.
Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.
One drink is to many for me and a thousand not enough.
Scream at God if that's the only thing that will get results.
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