"It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Brendan Behan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Brendan Behan on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Brendan Behan on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Brendan Behan on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Brendan Behan on Abraham Lincoln
"The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted."
"I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
"When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
"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."
"The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less."