James Patrick Donleavy (born April 23, 1926) is an Irish American
novelist, playwright and author whose work includes The Ginger Man
and A Fairy Tale of New York. (Click
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(Today is also the birthday of William
And money is one of the motives for becoming a writer. The others are
leisure and money, women and money, and sometimes just money all alone
Electronic books are a bad thing because they cannot be accumulated on
shelves to remind you of your past, to impress your neighbors and
colleagues, and to help prevent divorces thanks to the sheer bother of
arguing over who owns what.
Every madman thinks everyone else mad.
Five years ago I had a plan to straighten myself out. Here I am
thousands of dollars later with one more insight. That you grow older
faster staying in the same place.
How when one is able to indulge the luxury of beginning one's life
again. All one thinks to do Is end it.
I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I
found it too much like my own.
I've always been prepared to stand up and fight for my beliefs. I'm
prepared to die for them. Of course, the risk always is that someone
will come along and kill you.
If you're going to love somebody, love somebody who needs it.
It's not nice (growing old) but take comfort that you won't stay that
My dear, if you really have to, only clean, very clean rest rooms will
Never underestimate your adversary, not even in a snowball fight.
Revenge is what I want. Nothing but pure unadulterated revenge. But my
mother brought me up to be a lady.
Rid the mind of knowledge when looking for pleasure. Or start thinking
and find a lot of pain.
See all the women seated, youth in their face lifts, old age in their
Take deeds away. Play music please.
The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it
alone and no one is going to make fun of you.
To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.
When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served
in all the pubs in Dublin.
When I'm dead, I hope it may be said: his sins were scarlet, but his
books were read.
When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money,
it's sex. When you have both, it's health. If everything is simply jake,
then you're frightened of death.
Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,' they really mean 'not really'.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
You know, there must be happiness somewhere, when a lawyer dies.
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