James Joyce Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old james joyce quotes, james joyce sayings, and james joyce proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.      

James Joyce

White wine is like electricity. Red wine looks and tastes like a liquified beefsteak.     

James Joyce

Shut your eyes and see.     

James Joyce

As you are now so once were we.     

James Joyce

There's no friends like the old friends.     

James Joyce

When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flown at it to hold it back from flight.     

James Joyce

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.     

James Joyce

Redheaded women buck like goats.     

James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.     

James Joyce

The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.     

James Joyce

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.     

James Joyce

There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present.     

James Joyce

Redheaded women buck like goats.     

James Joyce

By an epiphany he meant a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether in vulgarity of speech or of gesture or in a memorable phase of the mind itself     

James Joyce

Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.     

James Joyce

Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.     

James Joyce

It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.     

James Joyce

The Irish are people who will never have leaders, for at the great moment they always desert them. They have produced one skeleton--Parnell--never a man.     

James Joyce

Resignation is the timid sign of courage.     

James Joyce

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.     

James Joyce

If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.     

James Joyce

Do you know what Ireland is? Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.     

James Joyce

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.     

James Joyce

Read your own obituary notice; they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life.     

James Joyce

For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal.     

James Joyce

Love...is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself.     

James Joyce

Winds of May, that dance on the sea, / Dancing a ring-around in glee / From furrow to furrow, while overhead The foam flies up to be garlanded.     

James Joyce

What? Corpus. Body. Corpse. Good idea the Latin. Stupefies them first. Hospice for the dying. They don't seem to chew it; only swallow it down.     

James Joyce