quote by James Joyce

One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.

— James Joyce

Helpful Finnegans Wake quotations

Finnegans wake quote One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the thing you'v
One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the thing you've always wanted. Do it now.

They lived and laughed and loved and left.

A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Finnegans wake quote Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.
Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.

Lord, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low.

I've always said that I learned the English I know through two sources -- Marvel Comics and Finnegans Wake.


So you need hardly spell me how every word will be bound over to carry three score and ten toptypsical readings throughout the book of Doublends Jined.

Finnegans wake quote You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to.

In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!

The current tax code is harder to understand than Bob Dylan reading Finnegans Wake in a wind tunnel.

Phall if you but will, rise you must: and none so soon either shall the pharce for the nunce come to a setdown secular phoenish.

Finnegans wake quote Every morning you pick between two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams,
Every morning you pick between two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them. Good morning.
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The first thing to say about Finnegans Wake is that it is, in an important sense, unreadable.


For anyone who conceives literature in terms of plurality of perspectives, Finnegans Wake has to be the apogee. For, as we are told, every word in it has three score and ten "toptypsical" meanings - an exaggeration, of course, but an important reminder to readers who like their fiction definite.

Great books are readable anyway. Dickens is readable. Jane Austen is readable. John Updike's readable. Hawthorne's readable. It's a meaningless term. You have to go the very extremes of literature, like Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake," before you get a literary work that literally unreadable.

Finnegans wake quote Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake
Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.
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My books are a subject of much discussion.

They pour from shelves onto tables, chairs and the floor, and Chaz observes that I haven't read many of them and I never will. You just never know. One day I may - need is the word I use - to read Finnegans Wake, the Icelandic sagas, Churchill's history of the Second World War, the complete Tintin in French, 47 novels by Simenon, and By Love Possessed.

Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols.

It must be that people who read go on more macrocosmic and microcosmic trips – biblical god trips, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake trips. Non-readers, what do they get? (They get the munchies.)

Finnegans wake quote You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

James Joyce buried himself in his great work.

_Finnegan's Wake_ is his monument and his tombstone. A dead end.

The mathematics clearly called for a set of underlying elementary objects-at that time we needed three types of them-elementary objects that could be combined three at a time in different ways to make all the heavy particles we knew. ... I needed a name for them and called them quarks, after the taunting cry of the gulls, "Three quarks for Muster mark," from Finnegan's Wake by the Irish writer James Joyce.

I once read somewhere that Sean Connery left school at the age of 13 and later went on to read Proust and Finnegans Wake and I keep expecting to meet an enthusiastic school leaver on the train, the type of person who only ever reads something because it is marvellous (and so hated school). Unfortunately the enthusiastic school leavers are all minding their own business.

Finnegans wake quote Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happ
Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.

You have to distinguish between things that seemed odd when they were new but are now quite familiar, such as Ibsen and Wagner, and things that seemed crazy when they were new and seem crazy now, like 'Finnegans Wake' and Picasso.