1. 10

    And no. I must not go on thinking. For the pain will never go away. You just go on and live. In the dust of desertion. Still falling where last I loved.

  2. 9

    To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.

  3. 8

    The best book of the year, Grobel's writing is quite marvelous. The Hustons reads vividly, just like one of John Huston's great films.

  4. 7

    Blessed are they who in this sea of frailty, climb aboard a piece of ass as it floats by.

  5. 6

    I'm all for Christianity, but insolence must be put down.

  6. 5

    The purpose of writing is to make your mother and father drop dead with shame.

  7. 4

    I'm starved for love. Not ordinary love but real love. The love that's like music or something.

  8. 3

    Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.

  9. 2

    On Being Old. It's not nice but take comfort that you won't stay that way for ever.

  10. 1

    When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder would they know it was me?

  11. Last Update: 2 October 2022

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