29 Total Quotes

Brendan Behan Quotes

I saw a notice which said, 'Drink Canada Dry' and I've just started.
Brendan Behan
#Canada

New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist #Irish

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist #Irish

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
Brendan Behan
#Sex

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.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.
Brendan Behan
#Victory

There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of mattress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
Brendan Behan
#Religion

Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I say myself no depressed words just depressed minds.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I'd rather be dead than think about death
Brendan Behan
#Death

What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I wish I'd been a mixed infant.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They're there every night, they see it done every night, they see how it should be done every night, but they can't do it themselves.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I am a drinker with writing problems.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I am a daylight atheist.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

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

The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist

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.
Brendan Behan
#Irish Dramatist