8 Brilliant Brendan Behan Quotes

By February 9, 2018Authors, Quotations

Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (9th February, 1923 – 20th March, 1964) was an Irish writer, novelist, poet and playwright, writing in both English and Irish. Behan is widely regarded as one of the great Irish writers and poets of all time.

Born in Dublin to a staunchly republican family, Behan became a member of the Irish Republic Army’s youth division at the age of fourteen, and joined the main IRA at 16, leading to him serving time in borstal and prison in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

However, it was this patriotism and growing up in a household with a strong emphasis on Irish history, through literary and patriotic ballads, and the time he spent in prison that made him determined to learn the Irish language, and gave him the love of literature and language that made him so successful.

Today we’re marking the day with some of our favourite quotes from the author, from some of his best known works and personal interviews.

“I’m a drinker with writing problems.”

“They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues…”

“It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.”

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.



A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.

Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.

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We marked the novelist’s 85th birthday in March with a blog of his best quotes, but this morning the New York Times reported that Roth had died overnight from congestive heart failure. Read More

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A television series was produced in the 70s and 80s and was loosely based on Ingalls’ books- it starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and Michael Landon as her father, Charles. She is still celebrated today all across the USA, with museums and honouring her, and her name marking her previous homesteads throughout the country.

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A keen writer as a child, Ruskin graduated in 1950 after winning several writing competitions in school including the Irwin Divinity Prize and the Hailey Literature Prize. He wrote one of his first short stories Untouchable when he was just 16 years old.

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Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).

Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.

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10 Insightful Quotes From Katherine Anne Porter

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Katherine Anne Porter was born on the 15th of May, 1890 and died on the 18th of September, 1980. She was known as a journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist in the USA. Her best selling novel, Ship of Fools was published in 1962 and became very popular while her short stories received much critical acclaim. She is best known for her insightful work and dark themes that run through her work.

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  • Marisa Galli says:

    Dear Sirs, I find your page Always interesting. As you know I live in Italy and am Italian. But, as a former English Language teacher I continue reading in English. I also have book s from England with a prepaid card chen I read about something interesting and new.
    Thank you so much to let me read your page, which is the first thong I do every morning!
    Yours faithfully Marisa Galli

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