Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

In the early nineties, I was a cub reporter on a city newspaper in Limerick, and assigned to the courthouse there. One day, an old detective sergeant came and whispered to me in the press pit. He pointed out a young offender, a teenager who was up for stealing a car or something relatively minor, and said, 'See this kid? He'll kill.'More Kevin Barry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Before forty, you think that exhaustion is something like a long-lasting hangover. But at forty you learn all about it. Even your passions exhaust you.More Kevin Barry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is nothing, to give one’s life for Ireland. I’m not the first and maybe I won’t be the last. What’s my life compared with the cause?More Kevin Barry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Tricky the paths a long love might follow, like the spiral down twists of a raindrop on a windowpane.More Kevin Barry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And the view was suddenly clear to me. The world opened out to its grim beyonds and I realized that, at forty, one must learn the rigors of acceptance. Capitalize it: Acceptance. I needed to accept what was put before me--be it a watery grave in Ireland's only natural fjord, or a return to the city and its grayer intensities, or a wordless exile in some steaming Cambodian swamp hole, or poems or no poems, or children or not, lovers or not, illness or otherwise, success or its absence. I would accept all that was put inMore Kevin Barry quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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