A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
My one claim to originality among Irishmen is that I have never made a speech.
The wrong way always seems the more reasonable.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan in the end.
When any man is more stupidly vain and outrageously egotistic than his fellows, he will hide his hideousness in humanitarianism.
All reformers are bachelors.
It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you don't paint badly like other people.
The difficulty in life is the choice.
The difference between my quotations and those of the next man is that I leave out the inverted commas.
To be aristocratic in Art one must avoid polite society.
Human nature is very perverse, and we only care to hear of another's happiness when we are the givers of it.
Heaven may be for the laity, but this world is certainly for the clergy.
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