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Thursday, July 19, 2012


Brendan Behan (1923-1964) - Irish dramatist, author
  • It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
  • The Irish are a very popular race... with themselves.
  • 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.
  • ...Actually, I'm a drinker with writing problems.
  • To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.
  • 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.
  • I saw a notice which said, 'Drink Canada Dry' and I've just started.
  • Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
  • What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.
  • Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
  • If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.