|T. E. Kalem on Brendan Behan's 1958 play Borstal B
The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man's fate and man's follies that is as mournful as misty spring rain crying over the fallow earth.
I just dress up what the Good Lord provides.
|Father Mychal Judge
Lord. take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say;
Keep me out of your way.
|From Les Sylphides by Louis McNeice
So they were married-to be the more together- And found they were never again so much together, Divided by the morning tea, By the evening paper, By children and tradesmen's bills.
It's impossible for a creative artist to be either a Puritan or a Fascist, because both are a negation of the creative urge. The only things a creative artist can be opposed to are ugliness and injustice.
|George Bernard Shaw
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
"What has time to do with thee,
Who hast found the victors' way
To be rich in poverty,
Without sunshine to be gay,
To be free in a prison cell?
Nay, on that undreamed judgement day,
When, on the old-world's scrap-heap flung,
Powers and empires pass away,
Radiant and unconquerable
Thou shalt be young. "
Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country's most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation.
Notes: speaking of Ireland's support for America during the revolution
Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.
|From Ulysses by James Joyce
It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking glass of a servant.
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