Brendan Francis Behan

Brendan Francis

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

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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.

People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.

When you are deeply absorbed in what you are doing, time gives itself to you like a warm and willing lover.

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

Modern man's loss of a sense of being sinful doesn't spring from a feeling that he is inherently good. Rather, it springs from his feeling of being inherently ineffectual.

Nothing hurts more than the friendly letter that one never got around to writing.

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.

The friendships that last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity. Every man ought to be friend with a nun and a whore and while talking with them forget which is which.

The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished dream is not without its terrors. Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream?

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