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Colm O'connell Quotes By John B. Keane

When my friends were besotted with Jason Donovan, my heroes were Colm O'Rourke and Barney Rock — John B. Keane

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Meaney

In the past I've worked with directors who saw very much their scene in their head and knew exactly how they were going to cut it. — Colm Meaney

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Feore

I've played all kinds of historical characters, but they are stuck in movies that aren't their movies. — Colm Feore

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

It is important to find a publisher and equally important not to be noticed until your third or fourth book. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

None of them could help her. She had lost all of them. They would not find out about this; she would not put it into a letter. And because of this she understood that they would never know her now. Maybe, she thought, they had never known her, any of them, because if they had, then they would have had to realize what this would be like for her. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Gillis

If words decorate the home of Being, then hands, and by extension art, are the sketch of Being. — Colm Gillis

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

From now on the architects would take over as the high preists of this bourgeois city. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

The old Victorian laws against homosexuality were still on the statute books until the early 1990s. As a gay man living in Ireland, I and people like me found it easy to feel less than citizens. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

She would learn how to spend these hours. In the peace of these winter evenings, she would work out how she was going to live. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

She was nobody here. It was not just that she had no friends and family; it was rather that she was a ghost in this room, in the streets on the way to work, on the shop floor. Nothing meant anything. The rooms in the house on Friary Street belonged to her, she thought; when she moved in them she was really there. In the town, if she walked to the shop or to the Vocational School, the air, the light, the ground, it was all solid and part of her, even if she met no one familiar. Nothing here was part of her. It was false, empty, she thought. She closed her eyes and tried to think, as she had done so many times in her life, of something she was looking forward to, but there was nothing. Not the slightest thing. Not even Sunday. Nothing maybe except sleep, and she was not even certain she was looking forward to sleep. In any case, she could not sleep yet, since it was not yet nine o'clock. There was nothing she could do. It was as though she had been locked away. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

If you have to read to cheer yourself up, read biographies of writers who went insane. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep - it can't be done abruptly. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

When I was 19, I thought I wanted to be an English civil servant. It was the most exotic thing at the time - can you imagine, in the middle of the IRA bombing campaigns? I saw an ad inviting Irish applicants for an induction course, so I signed up. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Eilis was fascinated by [ ... ] his sweet duplicity in giving no sign of what had happened before. She was almost glad to know that he had secrets and had ways of calmly keeping them. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Suffering is too strong a word, but writing is serious work. I pull the stuff up from me - it's not as if it's a pleasure. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

People love talking about writers as storytellers, but I hate being called that: it suggests I got it from my grandmother or something, when my writing really comes out of silence. If a storyteller came up to me, I'd run away. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Roth Unbound is filled with intelligent readings and smart judgments. Because of the author's sympathy and sharp mind, it offers real insight into the creative process itself, and into Philip Roth's high calling as a great American artist. The book is, in some ways, a radical rereading of Roth's life and his work. It is impossible, by the end, not to feel a tender admiration for Roth as a novelist and indeed for Claudia Roth Pierpont as an empathetic and brilliant critic. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

If you want witnesses then I am one and I can tell you now, when you say that he redeemed the world, I will say that it was not worth it. It was not worth it. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

But he also knew that, as much as he wanted to aid and console the soldier, he wanted to be alone in his room with the night coming down and a book close by and pen and paper and the knowledge that the door would remain shut until the morning came and he would ne be disturbed. The gap between these two desires filled him with sadness and awe at the mystery of the self, the mystery of having a single consciousness, knowing merely its own bare feelings and experiencing singly and alone it own pain or fear or pleasure or complacency. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

The details of what I told him were with me all the years in the same way as my hands or my arms were with me. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Duncan Harper

Colm was a good sleeper. But if there was one sound at night that should wake him, and any sensible man who loved his family, it was the barking of dogs.
The noise was coming from the village. It was not just one or two dogs, but surely every mangy cur and mongrel that lived there. Something was abroad, and in this time of the dying of the year, when fell creatures roamed the countryside as hunger began to bite, it was not likely to be anything good. — Duncan Harper

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Ome of our loves and attachments are elemental and beyond our choosing, and for that very reason they come spiced with pain and regret and need and hollowness and a feeling as close to anger as I will ever be able to imagine. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

I am violently untidy. My desk is overcrowded. I write my first drafts in longhand in a long notebook using a plastic throwaway fountain pen. Then I work on a word processor using a different desk and a different room. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Eilis replied to say that it was not just Mrs Kehoe, who was not in any way extravagant, it was everyone in America, they all kept their heating on all night. As — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Keaveney

There is little or no point being chair of the Labour Party and being ignored when engaging with Labour ministers when you're trying to articulate something that affects ordinary people in society. — Colm Keaveney

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Meaney

I usually look at things like that from an audience perspective first, then have a closer look at the specific character they're talking about me for. — Colm Meaney

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

What she would need to do in the days before she left and on the morning of her departure was smile, so that they would remember her smiling. * — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

I do not care much about the mysteries of the universe, unless they come to me in words, or in music maybe, or in a set of colours, and then I entertain them merely for their beauty and only briefly. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Meaney

It's interesting because I haven't done a lot of period work in the past, but I always wanted to because I'm interested in history. — Colm Meaney

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

I feel just fine about ignoring or bypassing the rights of people I have known and loved to be rendered faithfully, or to be left in peace, and out of novels. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

Greta Wickham. He used to say if only Nora and Greta were here now, we wouldn't be in this mess, even when there was no mess at all." "Oh, he talked very warmly about you," Peggy interjected, "and William Junior and Thomas had nothing but good words to say about Maurice Webster when he was teaching them. I remember one day Thomas had a temperature and we all wanted him to stay in bed and he wouldn't, oh no he wouldn't, because he had a double commerce class with Mr. Webster that he could not miss. You know they wanted Thomas to stay in Dublin when he qualified. Oh, he got offers with very good prospects! We told him he should consider — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Meaney

Even in drama, I like to try to find the humor because I think it's very human. Even in the depths of dreadful situations, there's usually something rather comic, or something you can laugh about afterwards, at least. — Colm Meaney

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

New people arrive and they could be Jewish or Irish or Polish or even coloured. Our old customers are moving out to Long Island and we can't follow them, so we need new customers every week. We treat everyone the same. We welcome every single person who comes into this store — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

May Lacey, wisps of thin grey hair appearing from under her hat, her scarf still around her neck, sat opposite Nora in the back room and began to talk. After a while, the boys went upstairs; Conor, when Nora called him, was too shy to come down and say good night, but soon Donal came and sat in the room with them, carefully studying May Lacey, saying nothing. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

John McGovern taught me that it's OK to write repeatedly about the same things. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

By day the old area of Barcelona is bustling, full of shouting, hammering, drilling and shutters being pulled up and down. You listen out for sounds.
If you want a replacement gas cylinder you wait for the sound of the delivery man hitting a cylinder with a piece of metal in the street. — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Pico Iyer

In the two-room flat where I live in Japan, I try to take time every day to step away from the bombardment of e-mails and opportunities and papers around my desk, for an hour, and just sit on our 30-inch terrace in the sun, reading something sustaining, whether 'The Age of Innocence' or the latest by Colm Toibin. — Pico Iyer

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Feore

I do dead Canadians. If he's dead and he's Canadian and he's famous, I'll be playing him at some point. — Colm Feore

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm O'Rourke

I find it hard to see how my northern cousins could get so worked up about counties created by British imperialists. — Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm O'Rourke

In every person there is the capacity to do something really special. — Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm Toibin

She closed her eyes and tried to think, as she had done so many times in her life, of something she was looking forward to, but there was nothing. Not the slightest thing. Not even Sunday. Nothing maybe except sleep, and she was not even certain she was looking forward to sleep. In any case, she could not sleep yet, since it was not yet nine o'clock. There was nothing she could do. It was as though she had been locked away. In — Colm Toibin

Colm O'connell Quotes By Colm O'Rourke

You should keep a photograph of Mick Lyons on the mantlepiece to keep children away from the fire — Colm O'Rourke