May I meet him with one tooth and it aching, and one eye to be seeing seven and seventy divils in the twists of the road, and one old timber leg on him to limp into the scalding grave. There he is now crossing the strands, and that the Lord God would send a high wave to wash him from the world.
Act II (The Playboy of the Western World (1907))
No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.John Millington Synge
They're all gone now, and there isn't anything more the sea can do to me.John Millington Synge
Well, if the worst comes in the end of all, it'll be great game to see if there's none to pity him but a widow woman, the like of me, has buried her children and destroyed her man.John Millington Synge
Oh my grief, I've lost him surely. I've lost the only Playboy of the Western World.John Millington Synge
In the middle classes the gifted son of a family is always the poorest usually a writer or artist with no sense for speculation and in a family of peasants, where the average comfort is just over penury, the gifted son sinks also, and is soon a tramp on the roadside.John Millington Synge
What is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one son only?John Millington Synge
As a man has no right to kill one of his children if it is diseased or insane, so a man who has made the gradual and conscious expression of his personality in literature the aim of his life, has no right to suppress himself any carefully considered work which seemed good enough when it was written. Suppression, if it is deserved, will come rapidly enough from the same causes that suppress the unworthy members of a man’s family.John Millington Synge
I’m a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen.John Millington Synge
When I was writing The Shadow of the Glen I got more aid than any learning could have given me from a chink in the floor of the old Wicklow house where I was staying, that let me hear what was being said by the servent girls in the kitchen.John Millington Synge
In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple.John Millington Synge
They're cheering a young lad, the champion playboy of the Western World.John Millington Synge
The grief of the keen is no personal complaint for the death of one woman over eighty years, but seems to contain the whole passionate rage that lurks somewhere in every native of the island. In this cry of pain the inner consciousness of the people seems to lay itself bare for an instant, and to reveal the mood of beings who feel their isolation in the face of a universe that wars on them with winds and seas.John Millington Synge
I'll say, a strangemanisa marvel, with hismighty talk; but what's a squabble in your back-yard, and the blow of a loy, have taught me that there's a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed. 834John Millington Synge
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