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A collection of quotations by Brendan Behan on poems, writing, kindness, drinking, humor, plays, books, death, life, Irish, spiritual and loneliness.

17 Top Wise Quotes From Literary Legend Brendan Behan

Quick Facts

Famous As: Irish poet

Born On: February 9, 1923

Died On: March 20, 1964

Born In: Dublin, Ireland

Died At Age: 41

Brendan Behan was a renowned literary figure famous for his rough political commentary. He was induced with patriotism from an early age which further reflected in his literary works. He was interested in writing from an early age and published his first poems and prose in a magazine titled ‘Fianna: The Voice of Young Ireland’. He joined the Irish Republican Army and was imprisoned a couple of times. These prison experiences were a significant influence on his writing career and he wrote his first play titled ‘The Landlady’ during one of his jail terms. He moved to Ireland where he contributed actively to ‘The Irish Times’ while working on the radio show called ‘The Leaving Party’. This was followed by his play ‘The Quare Fellow’ which turned out to be one of his notable works. This encouraged him to write various plays including ‘An Giall’ which turned out to be a great success. He gained a reputation as an author with his autobiography titled ‘Borstal Boy’ which was also adapted into a film. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his novels, books, poems and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Brendan Behan.
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I'm a drinker with writing problems.

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.

Brendan Behan

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

They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues...

Brendan Behan

I am a drinker with writing problems.

Brendan Behan

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.

Brendan Behan

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

Every cripple has his own way of walking.

Brendan Behan

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

I saw a sign that said 'Drink Canada Dry'. So I did.

Brendan Behan

Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.

Brendan Behan

Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.

Brendan Behan

‎"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

Brendan Behan

I only drink on two occasions—when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.

Brendan Behan

It's a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with.

Brendan Behan

There is no such thing as bad publicity...except your own obituary

Brendan Behan

An author's first duty is to let down his country.

Brendan Behan