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Quotes of the Day for 9 February 2012 – Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan was born at Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1923. His father was a very literary house painter, his mother an ardent republican. He joined the youth wing of the IRA and was sent to prison at age sixteen. On release he devoted himself to writing, and as his fame grew he also devoted himself to drinking, becoming a caricature of the drunken Irishman. The public loved his drunken television appearances for a while, but he had diabetes and his favorite drink, champagne and sherry, was just about the worst possible for his health. His work suffered, he had seizures and diabetic comas, and finally collapsed in a Dublin bar and died at 41.

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The quotes:

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.

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you.

Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.
Sorry, this is actually from Brendan Francis.

I am a drinker with a writing problem.

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

All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
     All from Brendan Behan, 1923 - 1964

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