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A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.
– Brendan Behan
The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
I am a daylight atheist.
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
No man can discover his own talents.
No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.
If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.
Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.
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.
What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.
If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.
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.
The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished dream is not without its terrors. Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream?
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.
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.
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.