When the Irishman is found outside of Ireland in another environment, he very often becomes a respected man. The economic and intellectual conditions that prevail in his own country do not permit the development of individuality.... No one who has any self-respect stays in Ireland, but flees afar as though from a country that has undergone the visitation of an angered Jove.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Lecture, April 27, 1907, at Università Popolare Triestina. "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," sect. 35, published in Critical Writings, ed. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann (1959).