"Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."James Joyce on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."James Joyce on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."James Joyce on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."James Joyce on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."James Joyce on Robert Frost
"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age."
"I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction."
"Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art it is the part the schools cannot recognize."
"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts."
"I fear those big words which make us so unhappy."