"I had never spoken to her, except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood."
“Araby”- James Joyce (via learntosing)
"You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too."
Stephen Dedalus (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce)
"Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves."
James Joyce - Ulysses (via thethingsbehindthesun)
"stephen is a model youth. he doesn’t smoke and he doesn’t go to bazaars and he doesn’t flirt and he doesn’t damn anything or damn all."
james joyce, a portrait of the artist as a young man (via stoneagegraffiti)
"Shut your eyes and see."
James Joyce (via bidzovka)
"To merge his life in the common tide of other lives was harder for him than any fasting or prayer and it was his constant failure to do this to his own satisfaction which caused in his soul at last a sensation of spiritual dryness together with a growth of doubts and scruples."
James Joyce, The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (via hallelujah)