"Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart."
- Margaret Jackson

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."
- Alex Levine

"There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting."
- John Millington Synge (Author)

"The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots."
Sean Connery (Actor)

"Remember the Celtic Tiger? Well, she turned out to be a pussycat with a shamrock. Ireland was the hot country of the 2000s as youth from throughout the euro zone flocked there for jobs in finance, software development, restaurants, what have you...That was then. A property bubble burst badly, leaving Irish banks technically insolvent and the government deeply in debt, its ratio of deficit to GDP, at 14.3%, is higher than that of Greece...the Irish government pledges to cut more, but you can't get blood from a blarney stone.
-Howard Gold, Marketwatch.com

"The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill."
- Harold Nicolson

"I think there's a bit of the devil in everybody. There's a bit of a priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun."
- Gabriel Byrne (Actor)

"Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment."
- Leonard Wibberley, Irish author of comic novel "The Mouse That Roared"

"I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess."
-Gregory Peck (Actor)

"Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century."
 - John McGahern (Author)

"The immigrant's heart marches to the beat of two quite different drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new. The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity and heritage to bear on life in an adopted homeland."
 - Mary McAleese Former Irish President

"Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit."
 - Seamus Heaney (Poet)

"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
- Sean O'Casey (Author)

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."
 - Flannery O'Connor (Author)

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."
 - Winston Churchill (English Prime Minister)

"The sword of famine is less sparing than the bayonet of the soldier."
 - Thomas F. Meagher (Soldier and first person to use the Irish Tricolour)

"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
 - Sean O'Casey (Author)


"Well, it takes all kinds of men to build a railroad." "No sir, just us Irish."
 - Railroad barons in "Dodge City," Warner Bros., 1939

"He comes from a brainy Cork Family."
  - First line of a British police dossier on Michael Collins, discovered by Collins himself during a raid on Dublin Castle

"Today I come back to you as a descendant of people who were buried here in pauper's graves."
 - Ronald Reagan (U.S. President) on a visit to Ballyporeen in 1984

"If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company."
 - John F.Kennedy (U.S. President) during a 1963 visit to Ireland

"When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen but ferociously tenacious."
 - Edna O'Brien (Author)

"I'm Irish. I think about death all the time."
 - Jack Nicholson (Actor)

"There can be no tradition without innovation."
 - Earle Hitchner (Irish music journalist)


 - Quotes from Oscar Wilde:

"Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it."

"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high."

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
 

 

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