Brian Friel was born 9 January 1929 and died 2 October 2015
- But remember that words are signals, counters. They are not immortal. It can happen that a civilisation can be imprisoned in a linguistic contour which no longer matches the landscape of fact.
- To remember everything is a form of madness.
- It is not the literal past, the ‘facts’ of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.
- A fact is something that happened to me or something I experienced. It cam also be something I thought happened to me, something I thought I experienced. Or, indeed an autobiographical fact can be pure fiction and no less true or reliable for that.
- Maybe that’s the important thing for a man: a named destination… Women’s illusions aren’t so easily satisfied – they make better drifters.
- Yes, it is a rich language, Lieutenant, full of the mythologies of fantasy and hope and self-deception – a syntax opulent with tomorrows. It is our response to mud cabins and a diet of potatoes; our only method of replying to… inevitabilities.
- Some of you people aren’t happy unless you’re miserable, and you’ll not be right content until you’re dead.
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