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'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.

I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.

It?s is not that the Irish are cynical. It?s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.

Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.

I cannot imagine any crime worse than taking a life, can you? It'd depend whose life.

It's a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with.

The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of mattress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.

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.

It's great to be on your own for a bit, in the sun, and in the country. That's one thing you never were in Walton. Nor any other prison, I suppose. For all their solitary confinement you were watched and your every moment ? even at times when you'd give a dog a bit of privacy. What they call in Irish ? "Uaigneas gan ciuneas" ? loneliness with out peace.

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.

All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.

?It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.

The English and Americans dislike only some Irish--the same Irish that the Irish themselves detest, Irish writers--the ones that think.

An author's first duty is to let down his country.

I never turned to drink. It seemed to turn to me.

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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