James Joyce
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"James Augustine Aloysius Joyce" was an Irish people/Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the Modernism/modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.

Joyce is best known for Ulysses (novel)/Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the Stream of consciousness (narrative mode)/stream of consciousness technique he utilized. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.

Joyce was born in 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin—a kilometre from his mother's birthplace in Terenure—into a middle-class family on the way down. A brilliant student, he excelled at the Jesuit schools Clongowes Wood College/Clongowes and Belvedere College/Belvedere, despite the chaotic family life imposed by his father's love of drink and precarious finances. He went on to attend University College Dublin.

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Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.

Men are governed by lines of intellect - women: by curves of emotion.

Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another's soul.

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.

I call that a scumhead.

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.

'History,' Stephen said, 'is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.

I am also sure that there is no such thing as free- thinking in as much as all thinking must be must be bound by its own laws.

Jesus was a bachelor and never lived with a woman. Surely living with a woman is one of the most difficult things a man has to do, and he never did it.