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Джеймс Стивенс

Дата рождения: 9. Февраль 1882
Дата смерти: 26. Декабрь 1950

Джеймс Стивенс – ирландский поэт и писатель, жил в Париже, Лондоне, Дублине, современник Дж. Джойса.


„Женщины умнее мужчин, потому что, зная меньше, понимают больше.“

„Curiosity will conquer fear more than bravery will.“


„Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory“ Irish Fairy Tales

„Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.“

„Tell me your past, my beloved, for a man is his past, and is to be known by it.“ Irish Fairy Tales

„What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow“ The Crock of Gold

„It is by love alone that we understand anything“ Irish Fairy Tales

„Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.“


„There are more worlds than one, and in many ways they are unlike each other. But joy and sorrow, or, in other words, good and evil, are not absent in their degree from any of the worlds, for wherever there is life there is action, and action is but the expression of one or other of these qualities.“ Irish Fairy Tales

„A poem is a revelation, and it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind.“ Irish Fairy Tales

„It has occurred to me, brother, that wisdom may not be the end to everything. Goodness and kindness are, perhaps, beyond wisdom. Is it not possible that the ultimate end is music and gaiety and a dance of joy? Wisdom is the oldest of all things. Wisdom is all head and no heart. Behold, brother, you are being crushed under the weight of your head. You are dying of old age while you are yet a child.“ The Crock of Gold

„We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.“ Irish Fairy Tales


„After a lie truth bursts out, and it is no longer the radiant and serene goddess knew or hoped for—it is a disease, it is a moral syphilis and will ravage until the body in which it can dwell has been purged.“ The Insurrection in Dublin

„Fionn went [... ] to carve a name for himself that will live while Time has an ear and knows an Irishman“ Irish Fairy Tales

„Why do you live on the bank of a river?' was one of these questions.
'Because a poem in a revelation, and it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind.“
Irish Fairy Tales

„Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it, said the Philosopher.“ The Crock of Gold

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