If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.
We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.
To get rich is glorious.
Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country. It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.
Young writers should keep out of pubs and remember that the cliche way of the artistic life is a lie.
Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.
I want to reveal in a simple way the usual – and unusual – life of the city; the corporation workman, the busmen, policemen, the civil servants, the theatres, Moore Street and also, what occupies so large a place in Dublin’s life, the literary and artistic.