One of the strongest features of Puritanism is its autobiographical tendency, its passionate self-regard.
A truly vibrant and creative culture depends on a system of education which is not divided along class and sectarian lines.
I always feel freelance writers are leading a heroic life. I think that is the real writer's life. On the other hand, it's good to have another job. It gives you something to do.
Everyone who supports Israel is a Zionist.
'Ulysses' is the greatest anti-racist text in the English language, and it challenges right from the beginning the vicious racism which lies near the foundations of the Irish Free State and of the Irish republic.
All I do is read books, really. I worry about that sometimes. I don't seem to have a hobby or anything.
Hitler bombed London into submission but in fact it created a sense of national solidarity.
I am not very moved by historical apologies.
I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all.
I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale.
You are either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist.
This sympathy is not translated into force against the British government because it is not like the anti- apartheid movement which had a high profile here and Mandela is a more engaging figure than Yasser Arafat.
I think ideas should be flying about and banging into each other. It is a kind of energy. If you occupy static positions, then things sort of ossify.
Look, you're either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist: there's no middle way. Everyone who supports the state of Israel is a Zionist.
Teachers are the ministers and priests of culture, its practitioners and its emissaries.
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