The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.
I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues...
The only thing I envy in young people is their livers.
The English and Americans dislike only some Irish--the same Irish that the Irish themselves detest, Irish writers--the ones that think.
I am a drinker with writing problems.
I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.
I only take a drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
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.
Every cripple has his own way of walking.
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.
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.
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.
To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.
I saw a notice that said "Drink Canada Dry" and I've just started.
Failure at a task may be the result of having tackled it at the wrong time.
I cannot imagine any crime worse than taking a life, can you? -It'd depend whose life.
Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.
Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.
One drink is to many for me and a thousand not enough.
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