The whole worl's in a state o' chassis! Sean O'Casey Juno and the Paycock.
There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How in the hell can he drink when he's dead? Irish Toast
There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and
those who wish they were. Irish Saying
There is no crime in detecting and destroying in war-time, the
spy and the informer. They have destroyed without trial. I have
paid them back in their own coin. Michael Collins
There is, for whatever reason, an international tendency to
be well-disposed towards Ireland - a tendency that elevates
us beyond our actual standing on the world stage. Ivana Bacik
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings. W. B. Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
There two Irishmen were passing a pub - well, it could happen. Frank Carson
There's a dear little plant that grows in our Isle,
'Twas Saint Patrick himself sure that set it;
And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It shines thro' the bog thro' the brake, thro' the mireland,
And he called it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland. Andrew Sherry
There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought
to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep
it out of as many things as possible. Sean O'Casey The Plough and the Stars.
They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the
freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn
when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom
to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon. Bobby Sands
Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and
hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained
in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to
dance in films later on. James Cagney
Today I come back to you as a descendant of people who were
buried here in pauper's graves. Ronald Reagan On visit as US President to his Irish ancestral
home in Ballyporeen.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the
stars. Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere's Fan.
We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed
of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents,
of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of
our naked skins. George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman.
We are one of the great stocks of Europe. We are the people
of Burke; we are the people of Grattan; we are the people of
Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell. We have created
most of the modern literature of this country. We have created
the best of its political intelligence. W. B. Yeats In Senate debate June 1925.
We don't have anything as urgent as mañana in Ireland. Stuart Banks
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be
English. Winston Churchill
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough
to make us love one another. Jonathan Swift Thoughts on Religion.
We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the
hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm. Marianne Williamson
Wear a Condom - Just in Casey. T-Shirt slogan Slogan on T-shirts that appeared in Dublin
after Bishop Eamon Casey admitted being father to a son.
Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the
reality of experience and to forget in the smithy of my soul
the uncreated conscience of my race Old father, old artificer,
stand me now and ever in good stead. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at
the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious. Edna O'Brien
When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have
it served in all the pubs in Dublin. J. P. Donleavy The Ginger Man.
When I get a very generous introduction like that, I explain
that I'm emotionally moved, but on the other hand I'm Irish
and the Irish are very emotionally moved. My mother is Irish
and she cries during beer commercials. Barry McCaffrey
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure 'tis like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing,
When Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay,
And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure, they steal your heart
away. Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.
When Irish eyes are smiling, watch your step. Gerald Kersh
When money's tight and hard to get
And your horse is also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN. Flann O'Brien At Swim Two Birds.
When St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, they swam
to New York and joined the police force. Eugene O'Neill
When law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summer-time their verdure dare not show,
Then will I change the color that I wear in my caubeen
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick to wearing of the
green. Dion Bouicault
When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets
flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality,
language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
When they saw us the crowd erupted, it was a roar like a football
crowd. There were crash barriers out, and beyond them thousands
of heads bobbing up and down, cheering and throwing their arms
up. There was a building site opposite and all the workers were
waving their hard hats. Passers-by were being caught up in it.
I felt the rush of happiness and warmth coming out of the people
and I was carried out among them on a surge of joy. I suppose
when you die and go to heaven you get a feeling like that. Gerry Conlon Proved Innocent.
Whenever I wanted to know what the Irish people wanted, I had
only to examine my own heart and it told me straight off what
the Irish people wanted.
Eamon De Valera
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you
don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. Samuel Beckett The Unnamable.
Who here really believes that we can win the war through the
ballot box? But will anyone here object if with a ballot box
in this hand and an Armalite in this hand we take power in Ireland. Danny Morrison At Provisional Sinn Fein Conference.
You know it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer. Hal Roach