Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

And to celebrate it, here are some James Joyce quotes:

Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another's soul.

-- notes in Exiles
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.

-- "The Dead," Dubliners (I highly recommend seeing John Huston's film adaptation if you can find it)
-- Force, hatred, history, all that. That's not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it's the opposite of that that is really life.
-- What? Says Alf.
-- Love, says Bloom. I mean the opposite of hatred.

-- Ulysses

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