James Joyce Quote

The Irishman, finding himself in another environment, outside Ireland, very often knows how to make his worth felt. The economic and intellectual conditions of his homeland do not permit the individual to develop. The spirit of the country has been weakened by centuries of useless struggle and broken treaties. Individual initiative has been paralyzed by the influence and admonitions of the church, while the body has been shackled by peelers, duty officers and soldiers. No self-respecting person wants to stay in Ireland. Instead he will run from it, as if from a country that has been subjected to a visitation by an angry Jove.


"Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," lecture, (27 April 1907), Università Popolare, Trieste, printed in James Joyce: Occasional, Critical and Political Writing (2002) edited by Kevin Barry [Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-192-83353-7], p. 123

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The Irishman, finding himself in another environment, outside Ireland, very often knows how to make his worth felt. The economic and intellectual...

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The Irishman, finding himself in another environment, outside Ireland, very often knows how to make his worth felt. The economic and intellectual...

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The Irishman, finding himself in another environment, outside Ireland, very often knows how to make his worth felt. The economic and intellectual...

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The Irishman, finding himself in another environment, outside Ireland, very often knows how to make his worth felt. The economic and intellectual...