Inspiring quotes by Brendan Behan

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Brendan Behan

  • Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.
  • It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
  • I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn’t make it worse.
  • When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
  • I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
  • Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.
  • I only drink on two occasions—when I’m thirsty and when I’m not.
  • An author’s first duty is to let down his country.
  • Every cripple has his own way of walking.
  • I am a drinker with writing problems.

Brendan Behan (1923–1964) was an Irish playwright, poet, and novelist, best known for his sharp wit and contributions to Irish literature. Born in Dublin, Behan grew up in a politically active family with strong Republican ties. He joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA) at a young age, leading to his imprisonment by the British authorities.

Behan gained international recognition with his play “The Quare Fellow” in 1954, a dark comedy set in a Dublin prison. His most famous work, “Borstal Boy” (1958), is a semi-autobiographical novel chronicling his time in a British reform school. The book’s success brought Behan widespread acclaim.

Known for his charismatic and boisterous personality, Behan’s life was marked by alcoholism and political activism. Despite his talent, his personal struggles often overshadowed his literary achievements. He continued to write, producing works like “The Hostage” (1958) and “Richard’s Cork Leg” (1972, posthumously published).

Brendan Behan’s legacy endures as a significant figure in Irish literature, capturing the tumultuous political and social landscape of mid-20th-century Ireland. His untimely death at the age of 41 left behind a body of work that continues to be studied and appreciated for its insight into the human condition.

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