Quotes by Seamus Heaney

"If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way."

"Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker's father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there's fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term."

"It is always better
to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning.
For every one of us, living in this world
means waiting for our end. Let whoever can
win glory before death. When a warrior is gone,
that will be his best and only bulwark."

"Walk on air against your better judgement."

"Behaviour that's admired
is the path to power among people everywhere."


Books by Seamus Heaney

  • The Odyssey
  • 904,534 ratings
  • October 8th 1992 by Everyman

    (first published -800)

  • Beowulf Lib/E
  • 255,078 ratings
  • March 1st 2021 by HighBridge Audio
  • Beowulf
  • 255,078 ratings
  • March 1st 2021 by HighBridge Audio
  • Beowulf
  • 255,076 ratings
  • February 17th 2001 by W.W. Norton & Company

    (first published 900)

  • The Inferno
  • 152,467 ratings
  • September 1st 1998 by Penguin Audio

    (first published 1307)

  • Sepelio en Tebas
  • 113,296 ratings
  • September 2012 by Vaso Roto Ediciones

    (first published -441)

  • Tutte le poesie
  • 37,148 ratings
  • February 5th 2013 by Mondadori

    (first published 1981)

  • Selected Poems
  • 9,196 ratings
  • April 2nd 2015 by Faber & Faber

    (first published January 1st 1930)

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  • Seamus Heaney

  • Date of birth: April 13, 1939
  • Died: August 30, 2013
  • Born: in Castledawson, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Derry, Ireland. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."

    Heaney on Wikipedia.