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John Millington Synge

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

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They're cheering a young lad, the champion playboy of the Western World.

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In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.

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What is the price of a thousand horses against a son where there is one son only?

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I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen.

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The general knowledge of time on the island depends, curiously enough, on the direction of the wind.

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A translation is no translation, he said, unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it.

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It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms.

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Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.

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Foreign languages are another favourite topic, and as these men are bilingual they have a fair notion of what it means to speak and think in many different idioms.

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