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Topic: Irish Quotes - Sayings about Ireland and the Irish, Irish Blessings, Toasts
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I once saw a sign on a lift in Dublin that said: 'Please do not use this when it is not working.'
Spike Milligan

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual way - by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
George Bernard Shaw

I tell you this - early this morning I signed my death warrant.
Michael Collins
To friend John O'Kane, after signing Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. He was later assassinated by partisans unhappy with the deal.

I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it.
John B. Keane

I used to go missing quite a lot...Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.
George Best

I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.
Mary Robinson
First Woman President of Ireland.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-be,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
W. B. Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use, silence, exile, and cunning.
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company.
John F. Kennedy
During 1963 visit to Ireland as US President.

If I saw Mr. Haughey buried at midnight at a cross-roads, with a state driven through his heart - politically speaking - I should continue to wear a clove of garlic round my neck, just in case.
Conor Cruise O'Brien
Referring to Charles Haughey former Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail.

If it was raining soup, the Irish would be out with forks.
Brendan Behan

If you could drink dreams like the Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn
In the Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land.
John Lennon
The Luck of the Irish.

If you do somebody in Ireland a favor, you make an enemy for life.
Hugh Leonard

If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough!
Irish Saying

I'll tell you what you can expect from an Irishman named Wellington whose father was a bookmaker. You can expect that anything he says or writes may be repeated aloud in your own home in front of your children. You can believe he was taught to love and respect all mankind, but to fear no man.
Wellington Mara
Owner of the New York Giants, in reponse to a critical story by a sportswriter.

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
Edna O'Brien

I'm Irish. I think about death all the time.
Jack Nicholson

I'm Irish. We think sideways.
Spike Milligan

In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver. I'm sorry, did I say 'scientists?' I meant 'Irish people'.
Tina Fay

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.
Braveheart
Spoken by David O'Hara, playing Stephen in movie.

Intellectually I resisted, but though logic stripped away the cant and ceremony I still could not rid myself of the voodoo.
Gob Geldof
Is That It? - referring to Catholicism.

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

Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.
Charles Haughey

Ireland, sir, for good or evil, is like no other place under heaven, and no man can touch its sod or breathe its air without becoming better or worse.
George Bernard Shaw

Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country's most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation.
George Washington
On Ireland's support for America during the revolution.

Irish poets, learn your trade,
Sing whatever is well made.
W. B. Yeats
Under Ben Bulben.

It is a curious contradiction, not very often remembered in England, that for many generations the private soldiers of the British Army were largely Irish.
Cecil Woodham-Smith

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
Edmund Burke
Observations on the Present State of the Nation.

It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's simply that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
Brendan Behan

Let me pray to God…The bastard! He doesn't exist.
Samuel Beckett
Endgame.

Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
Pope John Paul II

Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
W. H. Auden
In Memory of W. B. Yeats.

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope.
Irish Curse
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