Irish Poet, Short Story Writer, Novelist, and Playwright who wrote in both Irish and English
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.
There's no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.