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James Stephens Quotes

The duty of a lyrical poet is not to express or explain, it is to intensify life.
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What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow

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James Stephens Quotes: It is by love alone that we understand
It is by love alone that we understand anything

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Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.

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We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.

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A poem is a revelation, and it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind.

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James Stephens Quotes: It has occurred to me brother that
It has occurred to me, brother, that wisdom may not be the end to everything. Goodness and kindness are, perhaps, beyond wisdom. Is it not possible that the ultimate end is music and gaiety and a dance of joy? Wisdom is the oldest of all things. Wisdom is all head and no heart.Behold, brother, you are being crushed under the weight of your head. You are dying of old age while you are yet a child.

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There are more worlds than one, and in many ways they are unlike each other. But joy and sorrow, or, in other words, good and evil,are not absent in their degree from any of the worlds, for wherever there is life there is action, and action is but the expression of one or other of these qualities.

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After a lie truth bursts out, and it is no longer the radiant and serene goddess knew or hoped for-it is a disease, it is a moral syphilis and will ravage until the body in which it can dwell has been purged.

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James Stephens Quotes: The toxin generates the anti toxin the
The toxin generates the anti-toxin. The end lies concealed in the beginning. All bodies grow around a skeleton. Life is a petticoat about death.

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In truth we do not go to Faery, we become Fairy, and in the beating of a pulse we may live for a year or a thousand years.

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But outside of the North of Ireland there is no religious question, and in the North it is fundamentally more political than religious.

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There is a difference between this world and the world of Faery, but it is not immediately perceptible. Everything that is here is there, but the things that are there are better than those that are here. All things that are bright are there brighter. There is more gold in the sun and more silver in the moon of that land. There is more scent in the flowers, more savour in the fruit. There is more comeliness in the men and more tenderness in the women. Everything in Faery is better by this one wonderful degree, and it is by this betterness you will know that you are there if you should ever happen to get there.

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A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.

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A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find.

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Quietness is the beginning of virtue. To be silent is to be beautiful. Stars do not make a noise.

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James Stephens Quotes: Curiosity will conquer fear even more
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

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Chaos is the first condition. Order is the first law. Continuity is the first reflection. Quietude is the first happiness.

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A Leprecaun without a pot of gold is like a rose without perfume, a bird without a wing, or an inside without an outside.

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If men understood domestic economy half as well as women do, then their political economy and their entire consequent statecraft would not be the futil muddle which it is.

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James Stephens Quotes: Knowledge may it be said is higher than
Knowledge, may it be said, is higher than magic and is more to be sought. It is quite possible to see what is happening and yet not know what is forward, for while seeing is believing, it does not follow that either seeing or believing is knowing.

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To ask questions can become the laziest and wobbliest occupation of a mind, but when you must yourself answer the problem that you have posed, you will meditate your question with care and frame it with precision.

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James Stephens Quotes: You must be fit to give before you can
You must be fit to give before you can be fit to receive.

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The inexorable compulsion of all things is towards health or destruction, life or death, and we hasten our joys or our woes to the logical extreme. It is urgent, therefore, that we be joyous if we wish to live.

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The trouble of the king becomes the trouble of the subject, for how shall we live if judgement is withheld, or if faulty decisions are promulgated?

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James Stephens Quotes: Man works outwardly and inwardly after
Man works outwardly and inwardly - after rest, he has energy; after energy, he needs repose; so, when we have given instruction for a time, we need instruction and must receive it, or the spirit faints and wisdom herself grows bitter.

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Men come of age at sixty, women at fifteen.

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To understand the theory which underlies all things is not sufficient. Theory is but the preparation for practice.

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The mysteries of death and birth occupy women far more than is the case with men, to whom political and mercantile speculations are more congenial.

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When a woman speaks to a man about the love she feels for another man, she is not liked.

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James Stephens Quotes: Any fool can wash himself but every wise
Any fool can wash himself, but every wise man knows that it is an unnecessary labour, for nature will quickly reduce him to a natural and healthy dirtiness again.

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James Stephens Quotes: By having much you are fitted to have
By having much, you are fitted to have more.

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James Stephens Quotes: God did not need any assistance but man
God did not need any assistance, but man did; bitterly he wanted it, and the giving of such assistance was the proper business of a woman.

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James Stephens Quotes: I would think until i found something i
I would think Until I found Something I can never find; - Something Lying On the ground, In the bottom Of my mind.

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Is it not possible that the ultimate end is gaiety and music and a dance of joy?

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My three-thousand mile walk through Ireland convinced me of one thing - the possibility of organising a proper movement for the independence of my native land.

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I came to the resolve that the attempt was not only worth trying, but should be tried in the very near future if we wanted at all to keep our flag flying; for I was sure as of my own existence that if another decade was allowed to pass without an endeavour of some kind or another to shake off an unjust yoke, the Irish people would sink into lethargy from which it would be impossible for any patriot ... to arouse them ...

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James Stephens Quotes: Can a spear divine the eternal will
Can a spear divine the Eternal Will?

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I hear a sudden cry of pain! There is a rabbit in a snare.

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The duty of a lyrical poet is not to express or explain, it is to intensify life.

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