If you were going to throw a metaphorical party of dead literary types, James Joyce would be an obvious choice for an invite. HuffPost Culture likes to think he'd be the first to grab a party hat, but not before comparing it to the deceased insides of a conch shell and downing a pint of Guinness.

We are not alone in such a theory, as the recent Bloomsday event on 16 June showed, in which the Irish author is celebrated on the same day his challenging novel Ulysses is set.

There is a lot to be thankful to Joyce for, but we thought the best of his bizarre quotes don't get enough appreciation. So here are our favourites.

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  • "Does nobody understand?" Last words (January 1941) IMAGE:PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

  • "I was blue mouldy for the want of that pint." <em>Ulysses</em>

  • "The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works." Interview in Harper's Magazine (1959) IMAGE: REX

  • ''Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.'' <em>ULYSEES</em> IMAGE: Wendy Conroy dressed in period costume with a copy of Ulysses. Julien Behal/PA Wire

  • "I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women." About his wife, Nora. <em>Selected Letters of James Joyce</em>. IMAGE: Getty

  • "Molly Bloom was a down-to-earth lady. She would never have indulged in anything so refined as a stream of consciousness." Quoted in <em>Prokosch's Voices: A Memoir</em> IMAGE: PA

  • "You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman." <em>Exiles</em> IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:James_Joyce_by_Alex_Ehrenzweig,_1915_restored.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikipedia</a>

  • "A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk." <em> Ulysses</em>

  • "We'll meet again, we'll part once more. The spot I'll seek if the hour you'll find. My chart shines high where the blue milk's upset." <em>Finnegans Wake</em>

  • "But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires." Dubliners IMAGE: Milliner John Shevlin poses as James Joyce. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

  • "Three quarks for Muster Mark!" <em> Finnegan's Wake</em> IMAGE: Getty

  • "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." <em> Ulysses</em>

  • "Thaw! The last word in stolentelling!" <em> Finnegans Wake</em> IMAGE: Getty

  • "But all they are all there scraping along to sneeze out a likelihood that will solve and salve life's robulous rebus" <em>Finnegans Wake</em>

  • "British Beatitudes! ... Beer, beef, business, bibles, bulldogs, battleships, buggery and bishops." <em>Ulysses </em> IMAGE: Flickr.com/Robert Scarth

  • "The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea." <em>Ulysses</em>

  • "Love...is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself" Notes made by Joyce for his play <em>Exiles</em> IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:James_Joyce_by_Alex_Ehrenzweig,_1915_restored.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikipedia</a>

  • "Nonetheless, that book was a terrible risk. A transparent leaf separates it from madness." On Ulysses, quoted in <em>James Joyce: The Critical Heritage</em> IMAGE: AP/AP/Press Association Images

  • "Stuff it into you, his belly counselled him." James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • "Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.'' <em>The Mirage of the Fisherman of Aran </em> IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:James_Joyce_with_Sylvia_Beach_at_Shakespeare_%26_Co_Paris_1920.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikipedia</a>

  • "No God for Ireland! he cried. We have had too much God in Ireland. Away with God!" <em>A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man</em>

  • ''The Irishman's house is his coffin.'' <em>Ulysses</em> Thomas M Kelly reads a copy of James Joyces' Ulysses in the authors study at the James Joyce Centre for the annual Bloomsday festival. IMAGE: Niall Carson/PA Wire