"Cast your mind on other days that we in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry."
"I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots."
"The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth."
"An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress."
"Man can embody truth but he cannot know it."
"Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away."
"The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God, the herdsman goads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet."
"I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right."
"To be born woman is to know – although they do not speak of it at school – women must labor to be beautiful."
"An intellectual hatred is the worst."