There is such solace in the mere sight of water. It clothes us delicately in its blowing salt and scent, gossamer items that medicate the poor soul

— Sebastian Barry

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Because it strikes me there is something greater than judgement. I think it is called mercy.

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I am old enough to know that time passing is just a trick, a convenience.

Everything is always there, still unfolding, still happening. The past, the present, and the future, in the noggin eternally, like brushes, combs and ribbons in a handbag.

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It is always worth itemising happiness, there is so much of the other thing in a life, you had better put down the markers for happiness while you can.

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It is very difficult to be a hero without an audience, although, in a sense, we are each the hero of a peculiar, half-ruined film called our life.

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Tears have a better character cried alone. Pity can sometimes be more wolf than dog.

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It is funny, but it strikes me that a person without anecdotes that they nurse while they live, and that survive them, are more likely to be utterly lost not only to history but the family following them. Of course this is the fate of most souls, reducing entire lives, no matter how vivid and wonderful, to those sad black names on withering family trees, with half a date dangling after and a question mark.

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That is because at the close of the day the ship we sail in is the soul, not the body.

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For I did not want him to see, or to question me, for here contains already secrets, and my secrets are my fortune and my sanity.

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I haven't really written my plays and books - I've heard them.

The stories are there already, singing in your genes and in your blood.

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I rose and moved towards him. You would have done the same yourself. It is an ancient matter. Something propels you towards sudden grief, or perhaps also sometimes repels. You move away. I moved towards it, I couldn't help it.

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And whatever my life had been up to that day, it was another life after that.

And that is the gospel truth.

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The world begins anew with every birth, my father used to say.

He forgot to say, with every death it ends. Or did not think he needed to. Because for a goodly part of his life he worked in a graveyard.

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About Sebastian Barry

Quotes 23 sayings
Profession Playwright
Birthday July 5, 1955

Because faithfulness is not a human question, but a divine one.

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It had been a war of kingly poisons, in the air, in the memory, in the blood.

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I thought if I was going to live a life in this land I was accidentally born on, I must people it; I must have a history. . .. I'm looking for these people inside me, wherever they may be; that is my form of research.

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He loved telling stories. He had been everywhere in the world. The northwest frontier, the landscape of the Hindu Kush, was one of the great landscapes of my childhood because he used to evoke it with his stories. He taught me the sequence of ranks in the British army when I was about eight. I was in the bed with him while he told me everything about his life - except, probably, the real things, because of course you couldn't go there.

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I knew immediately something was terribly wrong, but you can know that and not allow the thought in your head, at the front of your head. It dances around at the back, where it can't be controlled. But the front of the head is where the pain begins.

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What is the sound of an eighty-nine-year-old heart breaking?

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A beard on a man is only a way of hiding something, his face of course, but also the inner matters, like a hedge around a secret garden, or a cover over a bird cage.

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There is seldom a difficulty with religion where there is friendship.

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After all the world is indeed beautiful and if we were any other creature than man we might be continuously happy in it.

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The human animal began as a mere wriggling thing in the ancient seas, struggling out onto land with many regrets. That is what brings us so full of longing to the sea.

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