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Brendan Behan

Date de naissance: 9. février 1923
Date de décès: 20. mars 1964
Autres noms:برندان بهان, 布兰登·贝汉, Brendan Francis Behan

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Brendan Francis Behan est un écrivain irlandais. Il a écrit des poèmes, des romans et des pièces de théâtre, aussi bien en anglais qu'en irlandais. Il était un républicain engagé et a été membre de l'IRA.

Behan est l'un des dramaturges irlandais les plus connus du XXe siècle.

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Citations Brendan Behan

„To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.“

—  Brendan Behan
Context: As regards drink, I can only say that in Dublin during the Depression when I was growing up, drunkenness was not regarded as a social disgrace. To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory. As quoted in A Contemporary Reader: essays for today and tomorrow, Harry William Rudman, Irving Rosenthal, Ronald Press (1961), p. 334

„I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law“

—  Brendan Behan
Context: I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer. As quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations (1993) edited by Robert I. Fitzhenry, p. 420

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„It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.“

—  Brendan Behan, Brendan Behan, Interviews and Recollections
As quoted in Brendan Behan, Interviews and Recollections (1982), Vol. 2, edited by E. H. Mikhail, p. 186

„There's no bad publicity except an obituary.“

—  Brendan Behan
As quoted in The World of Brendan Behan (1966) by Sean McCann, p. 56 Variant: There's no bad publicity except an obituary notice.

„Mother, they would praise my balls if I hung them high enough.“

—  Brendan Behan
Speaking of newspaper critics, as quoted in Mother of all the Behans: The story of Kathleen Behan as told to Brian Behan (1984) by Kathleen Behan and Brian Behan, p. 119

„An author's first duty is to let down his country.“

—  Brendan Behan
As quoted in The Guardian (1960), and also in The Cynic's Lexicon: A Dictionary of Amoral Advice (1984), by Jonathon Green, p. 20

„He was born an Englishman and remained one for years.“

—  Brendan Behan
Hostage (1958) <!-- also quoted in Forbes (2 April 2001), p. 172 -->

„I only drink on two occasions — When I am thirsty and when I'm not.“

—  Brendan Behan
As quoted in Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius (2004) by Anthony Meredith and Paul Harris, p. 337

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