Inspirational James Joyce Quotes

James Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet. Below is a list of some Inspirational James Joyce Quotes.

He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century.

James Joyce Quotes
James Joyce Quotes

James Joyce Quotes

“To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.”
― James Joyce

“Shut your eyes and see.”
― James Joyce

“And then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.”
― James Joyce

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”
― James Joyce

“There’s no friends like the old friends.”
― James Joyce

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”
― James Joyce

“The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant’s heart on the hillside.”
― James Joyce

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
James Joyce

“His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.”
― James Joyce

“Life is too short to read a bad book.”
― James Joyce

“Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory.”
― James Joyce

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
― James Joyce

“I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad.”
― James Joyce

“But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.”
― James Joyce

“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”
― James Joyce

“This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am.”
― James Joyce

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.”
― 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

“I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy.”
― James Joyce

“The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.”
― James Joyce

“I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.”
― James Joyce

“Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
― James Joyce

“First we feel. Then we fall.”
― James Joyce

“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”
― James Joyce

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
― James Joyce

“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”
James Joyce quotes

“The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.”
― James Joyce

“It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.”
― James Joyce

“Why is it that words like these seem dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?”
― James Joyce

“Love loves to love love.”
― James Joyce

“You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.”
― James Joyce

“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”
― James Joyce

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  1. “… Life is the greatest teacher” is exactly why no writer, anywhere, should ever be without a writing idea!!

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  2. I am so enthralled to read his quotes, He is one of my favorite novelists. Anand Bose from Kerala

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