Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
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.
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible.
It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.
Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
A nation is the same people living in the same place.
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.
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.