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.
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.
I only take a drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
The only thing I envy in young people is their livers.
They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues.
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.
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.
The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
I am a drinker with writing problems.
The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
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 ruined my health drinking to other people's.
Whatever you hold in contempt is your jailer.
I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.
Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.
If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.
If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
God forgive us-but most of us grew up to be the sort of men our mothers warned us against.
When two men fight over a woman it's the fight they want, not the woman.
Failure at a task may be the result of having tackled it at the wrong time.
I'm a Communist by day and a Catholic as soon as it gets dark.
There is no human situation so miserable that it cannot be made worse by the presence of a policeman.
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