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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 that in 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 life or art as freely and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use, silence, exile and cunning.
James Joyce, A portrait of the artist as a young man
- James Joyce, A portrait of the artist as a young man (New York: Viking Press & B.W. Huebsch, 1916) p. 291. Hathi Trust