20 Ulysses Quotes by James Joyce to Awaken the Mind

James Joyce and Ulysses

Like to dust the cobwebs off your mind from time to time? Then you should enjoy these twenty quotes from Ulysses by James Joyce. And the next time you’re in Dublin be sure to visit some of the places mentioned in the novel.

When in Dublin

Stroll up Bachelor’s Walk and across O’Connell Bridge. Pass the Bank of Ireland on College Green, up Grafton Street and into St. Stephen’s Green. Pay a visit to Sweny’s Chemist on Lincoln Place, and Davy Byrnes on Duke Street. And if time allows it, take a walk or bus ride out to Glasnevin Cemetery on the north of the Liffey. And be sure to find time for the James Joyce Tower and Museum at Martello Tower on the south.

Ulysses at Martello Tower Dublin
Martello Tower Dublin

20 Quotes

Ulysses Quotes by James Joyce to Awaken the Mind

1 “Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”

2 “Love loves to love love.”

3 “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

4 “Art has to reveal to your ideas, formless spiritual essences.”

5 “The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.”

College Green Dublin
College Green Dublin

6 “Let my country die for me.”

7 “What’s in a name? That is what we ask ourselves in childhood when we write the name that we are told is ours.”

8 “To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.”

9 “Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.”

10 “People could put up with being bitten by a wolf but what properly riled them was a bite from a sheep.”

Grafton Street Dublin
Grafton Street Dublin

11 “What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is my own.”

12 “Be just before you are generous.”

13 “Read your own obituary notice; they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life.”

14 “I love flowers, I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses.”

15 “Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty. Shapely goddesses, Venus, Juno: curves the world admires.”

Ulysses and Sweny's Chemist Dublin
Sweny’s Chemist Dublin

16 “He laughed to free his mind from his minds bondage.”

17 “We can’t change the country. Let us change the subject”

18 “What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds.”

19 “The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue…”

20 “Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub.”

James Joyce at St Stephen's Green Dublin
St Stephen’s Green Dublin

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