Quotations from James Joyce' Ulysses
1 [Opening words] Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came
down from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather
on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
3 A new art colour for our Irish poets:snotgreen
The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea. Epi
13 When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan
said. And when I makes water I makes water. By Jove,
it is tea, Haines said. Buck Mulligan went on hewing
and wheedling: So I do, Mrs Cargill, says she. Begob,
ma'am, says Mrs Cahill, God send you don't make them
in the one pot.
18 Ireland expects that every man this day will do his
duty. [Parody on 'England expects'...
42 History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I
am trying to awake.
43 To learn one must be humble. But life is the great
45 Ineluctable modality of the visible.
65 Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs
of beasts and fowls.
69 Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing
73 Dead: an old woman's: the grey sunken cunt of the
95 Angry tulips with you darling manflower punish your
cactus if you don't please poor forgetmenot ...
140 Out of the frying pan of life into the fire of
157 High falutin stuff.
166 We havenÕt got the chance of a snowball in
167 Our old ancestors, as we read in the first chapter
of Guinness's, ...
169 I ought to profess Greek, the language of the mind.
174 Nightmare from which you will never awake.
183 DEAR DIRTY DUBLIN
192 Australians they must be this time of year.
193 How can you own water really? It's always flowing
in a stream, never the same, which in the stream of
life we trace [a reference to Heraclitus?]
195 It was a nun they say invented barbed wire
219 God made food, the devil the cooks. Devilled crab.
He studded under each lifted strip yellow blobs.
222 Oh the big doggy-bowwowsywowsy!
222 Yes but what about oysters? Unsightly like a clot
225 And we stuffing food in one hole and out behind:
food, chyle, blood, dung, earth, food: have to feed
it like stoking an engine.
226 He's in the craft, he said [Freemasonry]
233 In aid of funds for Mercer's hospital. The Messiah
was first given for that. Yes Handel. [1992 was the
250th anniversary of the first performance]
239 Our Father who art in purgatory.
243 A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are
volitional and are the portals of discovery
[Reference to Joyce himself].
244 If others have their will Ann hath a way
[A terrible pun]
246 Our national epic has yet to be written [Ulysses
is probably now the Irish epic of which he spoke]
248 Thoth, god of libraries, a birdgod, moonycrowned.
253 [A fragment of music - Gloria in excelsis deo]
265 A father, Stephen said, battling against
hopelessness, is a necessary evil.
320 Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds
that have lost their balance.
353 Tenors get women by the score.
356 Bravo! Clapclap. Goodman, Simon. Clappyclapclap.
361 Quotations every day in the year. To be or not to
be. Wisdom while you wait.
373 Messrs Pick and Pocket have power of attorney.
386 Terence O'Ryan heard him and straightaway brought
him a crystal cup of the foaming ebon ale which the
noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and Bungardilaun brew
ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of
387 Victoria, her name, Her Most Excellent Majesty,
by Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain, and Ireland