Best Quotes by Brendan Behan (Top 10)

  1. I am a drinker with writing problems.
  2. It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
  3. New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
  4. Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
  5. They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues...
  6. I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
  7. I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
  8. I only take a drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
  9. Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
  10. The English and Americans dislike only some Irish—the same Irish that the Irish themselves detest, Irish writers—the ones that think.

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