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Quotes of the day: J.P. Donleavy

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 1:36 AM EDT
Apr 23 2014

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 here for full Wikipedia article)


(Today is also the birthday of William Shakespeare.)


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 by itself.

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 way forever.

My dear, if you really have to, only clean, very clean rest rooms will do.

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 hands.

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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