Brendan Francis Behan

Brendan Francis
Behan
1923
1964

Irish Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist, and Playwright who wrote in both Irish and English

Author Quotes

I say myself no depressed words just depressed minds.

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.

There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.

Failure at a task may be the result of having tackled it at the wrong time.

I was court-martialed in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.

They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues. When I came back to Dublin I was court martialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

Fame is failure disguised as money.

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.

He might have even forgotten what he'd told me; liars need good memories, but don't often have them, as I know, and everyone else knows from personal experience.

I'm a Communist by day and a Catholic as soon as it gets dark.

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.

What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.

He was born an Englishman and remained one for years.

I'm a drinker with writing problems.

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.

When I came back to Dublin, I was court-martialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

I am a daylight atheist.

In my childhood I could remember the whole week a damn sight better than I can now for all my family were in the Rising. And they told the stories to such good effect that I was in there with them? Now I have learned enough arithmetic to know that I could not possibly have taken part in an event which happened seven years before I was born, and it saddens me.

Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.

I am a drinker with a writing problem.

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.

Pound notes are the best religion in the world.

Author Picture
First Name
Brendan Francis
Last Name
Behan
Birth Date
1923
Death Date
1964
Bio

Irish Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist, and Playwright who wrote in both Irish and English