Copy & paste this link to your blog or website to reference this page
Quotation by James Joyce
When the soul of man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5.
Stephen Dedalus speaks of his relation to Ireland, but the preposition "by" holds a double meaning for the flight-inspired Daedalian artist: both beyond and by means of.
Surprise me with a
The Columbia World of Quotations © 1996, Columbia University Press.
Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, the following are prohibited: copying substantial portions or the entirety of the work in machine readable form, making multiple printouts thereof, and other uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws.
Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.