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Brendan Behan Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Brendan Behan.

I wish I'd been a mixed infant.
- Brendan Behan

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
- Brendan Behan

All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
- Brendan Behan

Other people have a nationality.
The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
- Brendan Behan

 

Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.
- Brendan Behan

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
- Brendan Behan

I am a daylight atheist.
- Brendan Behan

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There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.
- Brendan Behan

I am a drinker with writing problems.
- Brendan Behan

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.
- Brendan Behan

I say myself no depressed words just depressed minds.
- Brendan Behan

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
- Brendan Behan

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

It's not that the Irish are cynical.
It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect
for everything and everybody.
- Brendan Behan

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.
- Brendan Behan

What the hell difference does it make,
left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.
- Brendan Behan

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat,
something to drink and somebody to love you.
- Brendan Behan

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.
- Brendan Behan

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in
my absence and sentenced to death in my absence,
so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan

The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell.
The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it,
if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
- Brendan Behan

I have a total irreverence for anything connected with
society except that which makes the roads safer,
the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men
and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
- Brendan Behan

Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out,
James Joyce, with a judge from meself,
put in.
- Brendan Behan

I was court-martialled in my absence,
and sentenced to death in my absence,
so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

A dream is a wish your heart makes.
- The Supremes

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

Do not wish to be anything but what you are,
and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves.
- Trieu Thi Trinh

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

I wish you a tea and jammies kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish you a magical white rabbit kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

We can change our lives.
We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.
- Tony Robbins

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wish you a rainbows and butterflies kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I wish I had the nerve not to tip.
- Paul Lynde

The spirit of resistance to government
is so valuable on certain occasions
that I wish it to be always kept alive.
- Thomas Jefferson

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Money is only a tool.
It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not
replace you as the driver.
- Ayn Rand


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