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"Chuck Norris doesn't need to understand the work of James Joyce; James Joyce needs to understand the work of Chuck Norris." - Brian Celio

"I think perhaps the greatest book ever written was Ulysses by James Joyce." - Frederick Lenz

"James Joyce: His writing is not about something. It is the thing itself." - Samuel Beckett

"For me, it's all about The Dubliners by James Joyce. I love The Dead." - Evan Dando

"If you ever want to understand multitasking in prose, James Joyce is your man." - Frank Delaney

"Mr. James Joyce is a great man who is entirely without taste." - Rebecca West

"Jesse Joyce is a great writer." - Dave Attell

"Paper is like Joyce Carol Oates: white." - Caryl Churchill

"James Joyce buried himself in his great work. _Finnegan's Wake_ is his monument and his tombstone. A dead end." - Edward Abbey

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

"James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized." - Tom Stoppard

"Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant." - George Orwell

"I was into Virginia Woolf and James Joyce [at university] and I think we all thought that [Charles] Dickens wasn't that cool." - Felicity Jones

"He [Samuel Beckett] is great, a very great writer. Any modern writer is bound to be influenced by [James] Joyce. Of course, by Beckett as well." - William S Burroughs

"It's impossible to read a distinctive stylist like Faulkner, Joyce, Kafka, Mann, Woolf, James - and many more - without wanting to write, however entirely different one's writing will be." - Joyce Carol Oates

"James Joyce wrote the definitive work about Dublin while he was living in Switzerland. We're all where we come from. We all have our roots." - John Guare

"I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver And I'm reading James Joyce Some people they tell me I've got the blood of the land in my voice" - Bob Dylan

"James Joyce is a cul-de-sac.... an example how literature branched out and went into, lost itself in nowhere, no man's land." - Werner Herzog

"A novelist who ranks with Proust , Kafka , Musil and his friend James Joyce as one of the enduring pillars of Modernism." - Italo Svevo

"James Joyce is a cul-de-sac. [Ulysses is] ... an example how literature branched out and went into, lost itself in nowhere, no man's land." - Werner Herzog

"James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can." - Samuel Beckett

"i like james patterson" - James Patterson

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is... James Cameron." - James Cameron

"Genius still means to me, in my Russian fastidiousness and pride of phrase, a unique dazzling gift. The gift of James Joyce, and not the talent of Henry James." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Genius still means to me, in my Russian, fastidiousness and pride of phrase, a unique dazzling gift. The gift of James Joyce, and not the talent of Henry James." - Vladimir Nabokov

"A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair. James, what's wrong?' the friend asked. 'Is it the work?' Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it was the work; is' it always? How many words did you get today?' the friend pursued. Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): 'Seven.' Seven? But James... that's good, at least for you.' Yes,' Joyce said, finally looking up. 'I suppose it is... but I do' know what order they go in!" - Stephen King

"A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair. James, what's wrong?' the friend asked. 'Is it the work?' Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it was the work; isn't it always? How many words did you get today?' the friend pursued. Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): 'Seven.' Seven? But James... that's good, at least for you.' Yes,' Joyce said, finally looking up. 'I suppose it is... but I don't know what order they go in!" - Stephen King

"Go in peace, James Carstairs." - Cassandra Clare

"David James is a cretin." - Paolo Di Canio

"The censors have always had a field day with James Joyce, specifically with 'Ulysses,' but also with his other writings. The conventional wisdom is that this is because of sexually explicit passages (and there certainly are those). I have always thought that what the critics hated and feared about Joyce is his cry for human freedom." - Karen Decrow

"An interview with Michael Joyce and review of Liam's Going at Trace Online Writing Centre Archive" - Michael Joyce

"[On working with James Joyce:] So, either you run your publishing business far away, where your writer can't get at it, or you publish right alongside of him - and have much more fun - and much more expense." - Sylvia Beach

"James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare- but it may be that nightmare from which no one can awaken. People are trapped in history and history in trapped in them." - James A Baldwin

"There are dozens of young poets and fictioneers most of them a little insane in the tradition of James Joyce, who, however insane they may be, have refused to be genteel and traditional and dull." - Sinclair Lewis

"I think being central to the culture is overrated. Who really gives a damn if something is popular? Jay-Z isn't actually any better than James Joyce even though more people understand him." - Matthew Specktor

"James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare- but it may be that nightmare from which no one can awaken. People are trapped in history and history in trapped in them." - James Baldwin

"I'm drawn to women who live in a world different from my own. I don't believe you have to marry someone from your own backyard. James Joyce married a woman who never read any of his books." - Matt Dillon

"I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who can stand back and look at the whole edifice... It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it, like a snake leaving his skin behind." - Frank Mccourt

"I'm a postmodern commentator, and so, in a cheeky parallel to James Joyce or James Kelman, I get to places, verbally, that are a little unusual - when I talk about Jocky Wilson and end up sounding like a Jackson Pollock of the commentary box." - Sid Waddell

"The name's Bond. James Omar Bond." - Eoin Colfer

"I'm still James Johnson. Rick James is a stage name. James Johnson keeps Rick James on the ground... Kind of sort of." - Rick James

"A LeBron James team is never desperate." - Lebron James

"Please put out the light, James." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I could never be James Bond." - Kevin James

"James Remar is a student of life." - James Remar

"To live with the work and the letters of James Joyce was an enormous privilege and a daunting education. Yes, I came to admire Joyce even more because he never ceased working, those words and the transubstantiation of words obsessed him. He was a broken man at the end of his life, unaware that Ulysses would be the number one book of the twentieth century and, for that matter, the twenty-first." - Edna O'Brien

"James Woods is great. I actually did a movie with James Woods in 2000: 'John Q.'" - Kevin Connolly

"James Brown died owing me $50,000. But I loved James Brown." - Don King

"Nobody ever pegged James Gandolfini for a leading man. Least of all James Gandolfini." - Michael Riedel

"Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room." - Annie Dillard

"In one particular chapter in Ulysses, James Joyce imitates every major writing style that's been used by English and American writers over the last 700 years - starting with Beowulf and Chaucer and working his way up through the Renaissance, the Victorian era and on into the 20th century." - Frederick Lenz

"I'm not sure which I dislike more: 'Ulysses' or the James Joyce estate. Admittedly, a few people have got some pleasure from 'Ulysses', but against that, you have to weigh the millions of lives that have been ruined by the futile attempts to read it." - Kevin Myers

"The writers I care about most and never grow tired of are: Shakespeare, Swift, Fielding, Dickens, Charles Reade, Flaubert and, among modern writers, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence. But I believe the modern writer who has influenced me most is Somerset Maugham, whom I admire immensely for his power of telling a story straightforwardly and without frills." - George Orwell

"My God, what a clumsy olla putrida James Joyce is! Nothing but old fags and cabbage stumps of quotations from the Bible and the rest, stewed in the juice of deliberate, journalistic dirty-mindedness-what old and hard-worked staleness, masquerading as the all-new!" - D H Lawrence

"Each time I undertake to reread Virginia Woolf, I am somewhat baffled by the signature breathlessness and relentlessly "poetic" tone, the shimmering impressionism, so very different from the vivid, precise, magisterial (and often very funny) prose of her contemporary James Joyce." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Jay-Z isn't actually any better than James Joyce even though more people understand him. I'm more interested in what's meaningful within the lives of individuals. And fiction will always be central to the lives of certain people, which is all that matters." - Matthew Specktor

"Most of my influences from outside the commerical strange fiction genre came in with university, discovering James Joyce and Wallace Stevens, Blake and Yeats, Pinter and Borges. And meanwhile within those genres I was discovering Gibson and Shepard, Jeter and Powers, Lovecraft and Peake." - Hal Duncan

"So Bach, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, these are all people who would sort of rearrange or take riffs from people. Same thing with rock, if you look at the Rolling Stones doing a cover of Otis Redding or you know if you look at literature James Joyce is pulling fragments of text from other people." - DJ Spooky

"A part of what makes myths live is their multiplicity, the way different voices retell them in every generation. Homer survives because his poetry was outstanding, yes, but also because he's been passed down by so many by luminaries like Vergil and Ovid, Shakespeare, James Joyce and Margaret Atwood, but also by countless others. I wanted to do my part for these tremendous stories." - Madeline Miller

"A lot of writers fall in love with their sentences or their construction of sentences, and sometimes that's great, but not everybody is Gabriel Garcia Marquez or James Joyce. A lot of people like to pretend that they are, and they wind up not giving people a good read or enlightening them." - James Patterson

"The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender" - Philip Guedalla

"The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender." - Philip Guedalla

"Reported by Joyce Carol Oates in 1986 (published in 1987): 'It's a lonely sport,' Mike Tyson, who is surrounded by people who love him, says." - Mike Tyson

"What did Nabokov and Joyce have in common, apart from the poor teeth and the great prose? Exile, and decades of near pauperism." - Martin Amis

"To me, there is no more conscientious umpire in the Major Leagues than Jim Joyce. He gives you a hellacious effort every time." - Tony La Russa

"Exile as a mode of genius no longer exists; in place of Joyce we have the fragments of work appearing in Index on Censorship." - Nadine Gordimer

"Im a huge fan of the James Bond genre." - Chris Diamantopoulos

"Our souls are knit. We are one person, James." - Cassandra Clare

"Books are keys that open many doors - James Rollins" - James Rollins

"Perhaps [James Herondale] loved vice for vice's own sake." - Cassandra Clare

"Without Jimmy (James) Dean the Beatles would never have existed." - John Lennon

"James Ibori gave me $15million as bribe in 2007" - Nuhu Ribadu

"I didn't see any furry little James Bonds." - Larissa Ione

"The greatest all-around American film actor is James Stewart." - David Denby

"Henry James chews more than he bites off." - Henry Adams

"I just love {LeBron James} so much. We're soul mates." - Savannah Brinson

"[Of James Monroe's administration:] The Era of Good Feelings." - Benjamin Russell

"Too many!' James shouted, and slammed the door behind him." - Susan Cooper

"You'll stay with me?' Until the very end,' said James." - J K Rowling

"My house is not James Bondish at all. Sorry." - Ken Adam

"David James Elliott and I keep in touch via phone." - Patrick Labyorteaux

"And it's impossible for me to read Henry James." - Norman Maccaig

"James Garner is like a peaceful river through our chaos." - Kaley Cuoco

"I'm a huge fan of the 'James Bond' genre." - Chris Diamantopoulos

"James Brown is the reason I play guitar." - Kevin Eubanks

"I don't just wanna be James Franco's little brother." - Dave Franco

"The art gods cooked up something special for James Ensor." - Jerry Saltz

"The sudden death at 51 of James Gandolfini is intolerable." - Dick Cavett

"What kid doesn't want to pretend they're James Bond?" - Jamie Dornan

"I write heavily under the influence of James Taylor." - Carole King

"I am a big devourer of James Baldwin." - Don Lemon

"Mel Gibson would not be a good James Bond." - Sophie Marceau

"I was a James Brown junkie as a kid." - La Reid

"I can be the best James Bond there is." - Hrithik Roshan

"A James Bond movie is a stuntman's dream." - Steve Truglia

"I've never managed to get very far with Henry James." - Sarah Waters

"I will be the first black James Bond." - Dhani Jones

"Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"When James Bond gets old, you get rid of him and bring a new James Bond in." - Irwin Winkler

"The mathematics clearly called for a set of underlying elementary objects-at that time we needed three types of them-elementary objects that could be combined three at a time in different ways to make all the heavy particles we knew. ... I needed a name for them and called them quarks, after the taunting cry of the gulls, "Three quarks for Muster mark," from Finnegan's Wake by the Irish writer James Joyce." - Murray Gell-Mann

"Like Richard Ellmann on James Joyce, Arnold Rampersad on Ralph Ellison is in a class of its own. His masterful and magisterial book is the most powerful and profound treatment of Ellison's undeniable artistic genius, deep personal flaws, and controversial political evolution. And he reveals an Ellison unbeknownst to all of us. From now on, all serious scholarship on Ellison must begin with Rampersad's instant and inimitable classic in literary biography." - Cornel West

"Overt intelligent performances are not clues to the workings of minds; they are those workings. Boswell described Johnson's mind when he described how he wrote, talked, ate, fidgeted and fumed. His description was, of course, incomplete, since there were notoriously some thoughts which Johnson kept carefully to himself and there must have been many dreams, daydreams and silent babblings which only Johnson could have recorded and only a James Joyce would wish him to have recorded." - Gilbert Ryle

"I really love James Joyce, Dubliners and other work. And I was interested in the way the dash was used in English topography - in his work particularly - and I realized there was no compulsion to use those ugly dot-dot curlicues all over the place to designate dialogue. I began to look around, and found writers who could make transitions quite clear by the language itself. I'm a bit of a maverick now. I'm always trying to push the medium." - John Edgar Wideman

"When I read James Joyce, I'm not really interested in the Dublin of 1904. I'm interested in being in the presence of a voice and a sensibility underpinned by an authenticity which, I think, if you're a good writer, you can extract from the specific details of your own time. I think most writers do hope that their books will be read in ten years." - Joseph Oneill

"Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond." - Idris Elba

"Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols." - Marshall Mcluhan

"The first author I met socially was Joyce Cary." - John Updike

"In 'Open City,' there is a passage that any reader of Joyce will immediately recognise as a very close, formal analogue of one the stories in 'Dubliners.' That is because a novel is also a literary conversation." - Teju Cole

"Faithful continued prayer is one key to answered prayer. As James expresses it, "You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:2)." - John F Walvoord

"Theres a wealth of information on James Dean, and everybody has an opinion on him. James Dean made some kind of impression on everybody." - Dane Dehaan

"Gunn, like me, has a James Bond obsession. He would love to be James Bond, and it's a great role that I would love to be, someday." - J August Richards

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed." - Rush Limbaugh

"If they had offered me James Bond, I probably couldn't have gone to England anymore in my life. James Bond with an accent? That would have been something." - Antonio Banderas

"I think James Bond is a spy. He's not superhuman. Calling him a superhero is like calling James Bond movies "comic-book movies."" - Kurt Busiek

"Without wanting to claim that I'm really like James Bond I would certainly prefer to be thought of as closer to James Bond than Mr. Bean most definitely." - Rowan Atkinson

"I feel sorry for James Blunt, he has to wake up every morning and think 'Oh my God, I'm James Blunt, what have I done?" - Bill Bailey

"This is a film that really inhabits the proper world of James Bond. I mean, James Bond lives in a world that is violent and dangerous." - Timothy Dalton

"I mean, Rick James was just a man-made image, the image I created. Just trying to live Rick James almost killed me." - Rick James

"I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together." - Helen Vendler

"There's a wealth of information on James Dean, and everybody has an opinion on him. James Dean made some kind of impression on everybody." - Dane Dehaan

"What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life." - Colin Farrell

"At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James, the famous King James version; and this is the great literary monument of the English language." - Lafcadio Hearn

"You can't really dance properly to James Brown. If you dance to James Brown, you look like an idiot. There's a lot of jerking." - Sandra Bullock

"I had the idea in my twenties that a writer could immediately become the late Henry James. Henry James himself had to mature. Even Saul Bellow did." - Cynthia Ozick

"I think [James] Joyce sometimes enjoyed misleading his readers. He said to me that history was like that parlor game where someone whispers something to the person next to him, who repeats it not very distinctly to the next person, and so on until, by the time the last person hears it, it comes out completely transformed. Of course, as he explained to me, the meaning in Finnegans Wake is obscure because it is a 'nightpiece.' I think, too, that, like the author's sight, the work is often blurred." - Sylvia Beach

"The words which are criticized as dirty [in James Joyce's Ulysses] are old Saxon words known to almost all men and, I venture, to many women, and are such words as would be naturally and habitually used, I believe, by the types of folk whose life, physical and mental, Joyce is seeking to describe. In respect of the recurrent emergence of the theme of sex in the minds of his characters, it must always be remembered that his locale was Celtic and his season spring." - John M. Woolsey

"James Brown lives, as long as someone steps out of their body and dances uncontrollably." - Al Sharpton

"On his telepathic understanding with James Worthy- It's almost like we have ESPN." - Magic Johnson

"I thought LeBron James was just going to be another addition to help me score" - Ricky Davis

"We should throw the Epistle of James out of this school..." - Martin Luther

"Guarding LeBron James has to be the hardest job in basketball." - Steve Kerr

"I was the bridge between the Michael Jordan era and LeBron James era." - Allen Iverson

"One scientific epoch ended and another began with James Clerk Maxwell." - Albert Einstein

"I invented rock & roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitar player. James Brown was my vocalist." - Little Richard

"I'm looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stunt man. [on meeting Sean Connery]" - Ian Fleming

"(James) Anderson has a gift from the gods: he could swing an orange." - Geoffrey Boycott

"There's one major difference between James Bond and me! He is able to sort out problems!" - Sean Connery

"The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco, is 'He's spreading himself too thin." - James Franco

"Our immediate influence in b-boying was James Brown, point blank." - Crazy Legs

"James Franco, acting, teaching, directing, writing, producing, photography, soundtracks, editing - is there anything you can do?" - Natasha Leggero

"The poor are crazy, the rich just eccentric. - James Shin Hoo" - Ellen Raskin

"James Leininger's story is the most compelling evidence so far for reincarnation." - T. J. MacGregor

"Jem?" he said. 'It is you, James?' 'Who else?' Jem's voice." - Cassandra Clare

"Every heart has its own melody," he said. "You know mine. - James Carstairs" - Cassandra Clare

"I hate that Alex [James] and Damon [Albarn]. I hope they catch AIDS and die." - Noel Gallagher

"There'll be a black lesbian in the White House before I'm James Bond." - Rupert Everett

"To desperately hope," I whispered James let out a breath. "To gratefully believe." - Laura Whitcomb

"Now I feel like James Bond. Suave and intelligent, breaking all the codes while looking fabulous." - Jim Butcher



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