Sebastian Barry Quotes

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Sebastian Barry Quotes

Trench dirt didnt always wash out, I am sure.
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The world begins anew with every birth, my father used to say. He forgot to say, with every death it ends. Or did not think he needed to. Because for a goodly part of his life he worked in a graveyard.

— Sebastian Barry

History needs to be mightily inventive about human life because bare life is an accusation against man's dominion of the earth.

— Sebastian Barry

I wonder if I were to have an X-ray at the little hospital, would the machine see my grief? Is it like rust, arheum about the heart?

— Sebastian Barry

That place where I was born was a cold town. Even the mountains stood away. They were not sure, no more than me, of that dark spot, those same mountains.
There was a black river that flowed through the town, and if it had no grace for mortal beings, it did for swans, and many swans resorted there, and even rode the river like some kind of plunging animal, in floods.

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I am dwelling on things I love, even if a measure of tragedy is stitched into everything, if you follow the thread long enough

— Sebastian Barry

The human animal began as a mere wriggling thing in the ancient seas, struggling out onto land with many regrets. That is what brings us so full of longing to the sea.

— Sebastian Barry

It is worthless talking about what we have been spared by death. Death grins at that I am sure. Death of all creation knows the value of life.

— Sebastian Barry

Memory, I must suppose, if it is neglected becomes like a box room, or a lumber room in an old house, the contents jumbled about, maybe not only from neglect but also from too much haphazard searching in them, and things to boot thrown in that don't belong there.

— Sebastian Barry

When they came into their trench he felt small enough. The biggest thing there was the roaring of Death and the smallest thing was a man. Bombs not so far off distressed the earth of Belgium, disgorged great heaps of it, and did everything except kill him immediately, as he half expected them to do.

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He was looking into that strange place, the middle distance, the most mysterious, human, and rich of all distances. And from his eyes came slowly tears, immaculate human tears, before the world touches them. River, window and eyes.

— Sebastian Barry

How is that for some people drinking is a short-term loan on the spirit, but for others a heavy mortgage on the soul?

— Sebastian Barry

Those that we love, those essential beings, are removed from us at the will of the Almighty, or the devils that usurp them.

— Sebastian Barry

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