Quotation by James Joyce

You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve in that which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use—silence, exile, and cunning.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5.

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