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Brendan Behan (1923 – 1964)


Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English.
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The sun was in mind to come out but having a look at the weather it was in lost heart and went back again.
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Brendan lit a bonfire under the arse of Irish literature. He took it by the scruff of the neck and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 20th century.
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An author's first duty is to let down his country.




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I only drink on two occasions When I am thirsty and when I'm not.
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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.
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When I came back to Dublin, I was courtmartialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
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If the English hoard words like misers, the Irish spend them like sailors; and Brendan Behan ... sends language out on a swaggering spree, ribald, flushed, and spoiling for a fight.
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Brendan described himself as a drinker with a writing problem, but what he really was a painter with a writing problem. No matter in what country of the globe he resided, or how many luminaries he met, the would always be a painter in his soul. If he had remained one for his livelihood, he could still be alive today.
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He was born an Englishman and remained one for years.
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It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
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There's no bad publicity except an obituary.




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Mother, they would praise my balls if I hung them high enough.
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