Brendan Behan Quotes
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I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
It's great to be on your own for a bit, in the sun, and in the country. That's one thing you never were in Walton. Nor any other prison, I suppose. For all their solitary confinement you were watched and your every moment — even at times when you'd give a dog a bit of privacy. What they call in Irish — "Uaigneas gan ciuneas" — loneliness without peace.
When asked what was the message of his play, The Hostage, about a kidnapped English soldier:Message? Message? What the hell do you think I am, a bloody postman?
An author's first duty is to let down his country.