James Joyce: “If He Had Smiled”

Photographer Unknown, (If He Had Smiled)

“If he had smiled why would he have smiled? To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be first, last, only and alone whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity.” 

—James Joyce, Ulysses

One thought on “James Joyce: “If He Had Smiled”

  1. once again, i remember why i did not finish reading Ulysses. And i reaffirm my attraction to the guy in the photo/painting

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