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Topic: Irish Quotes - Sayings about Ireland and the Irish, Irish Blessings, Toasts
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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Irish Proverb

A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he's just as good as everybody else.
John B. Keane

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
Irish Proverb

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
George Moore
Brook Kerith.

A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned...for he will go out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drownded now and again.
John Millington Synge
The Aran Islands.

An author's first duty is to let down his country.
Brendan Behan

An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman, standing; an American, pacing; an Irishman, afterward.
Austin O'Malley

An Irish homosexual is one who prefers women to drink.
Sean O'Faolain

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings. -
W. B. Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Anyone under 35 feels like they are going through a meat grinder...It's almost as if the economy is eating its young.
Eddie Hobbs
Host of Irish TV show, Rip-Off Republic.

Cast your mind on other days
That we in coming days may be
Still the indomitable Irishry.
W. B. Yeats
Under Ben Bulben.

Don't mourn for me now
Don't mourn for me never
I'm going to do nothing
For ever and ever.
Dave Allen
Stating the words he wanted inscribed on his tombstone.

Dublin made me and no little town,
With the country closing in on its streets
The cattle walking proudly on its pavements
The jobbers, the gombeenmen and the cheats
Devouring the fair-day between them.
Donagh MacDonagh
Dublin Made Me.

Dublin University contains the cream of Ireland - rich and thick.
Samuel Beckett

During the intervals the devil is busy; yes, very busy, as sad experience proves, and on the way home in the small hours of the morning, he is busier still.
Irish Bishops - statement on all-night dances, December 1933.

Either that wallpaper goes or I do.
Oscar Wilde
Dying in a Paris bedroom.

Estragon: …Let's go.
Vladimir: We can't.
Estragon: Why not?
Vladimir: We're waiting for Godot.
Samuel Beckett
Waiting for Godot.

Families, when all was eaten and no hope left, took their last look at the sun, built up their cottage doors that none might see them die nor hear their groans, and were found weeks afterwards skeletons on their own hearth.
John Mitchel
Describing Irish Famine in Jail Journal.

For the good are always the merry,
Save for an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle,
And the merry love to dance.
W.B. Yeats
The Fiddler of Dooney.

For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.
G. K. Chesterton
The Ballad of the White Horse.

Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.
Dave Barry

God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.
Irish Saying

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Treat softly because you treat on my dreams.
W. B. Yeats
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

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.

Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can't go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.
Irish Toast

Hell is not hot enough, nor eternity long enough, to punish these miscreants.
Bishop David Moriarty of Kerry
Expressing Catholic Church's response to Fenians in 1867.

Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!
Irish Toast

Hostage is a crucifying aloneness. It is a silent, screaming slide into the bowels of ultimate despair. Hostage is a man hanging by his fingernails over the edge of chaos, feeling his fingers slowly straightening. Hostage is the humiliating stripping away of every sense and fibre of body and mind and spirit that make us what we are. Hostage is a mutant creation filled with fear, self-loathing, guilt and death-wishing. But he is a man, a rare, unique and beautiful creation of which these things are no part.
Brian Keenan
An Evil Cradling.

How would you know a Cork footballer? He's the one who thinks that oral sex is just talking about it.
John B. Keane

I am going to my cold and silent grave: my lamp of life is nearly e4inguished: my race is run: the grave opens to receive me, and I sink into its bosom! I have but one request to ask at my departure from this world--it is the charity of its silence! Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.
Robert Emmet
Speech from the Dock.

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Donaghadee.
I miss the river Shannon and the folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows and their forty shades of green.
But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town.
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar and there's forty shades of green.
Johnny Cash

I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.
Gregory Peck

I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.
Pierce Brosnan

I have a thing for red-haired Irish boys, as we know.
Sandra Bullock

I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.
Brendan Behan

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore…
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
W. B. Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

I know I've got Irish blood because I wake up every day with a hangover.
Noel Gallagher

I often looked up at the sky an' assed meself the question - what is the moon, what is the stars?
Sean O'Casey
Juno and the Paycock.
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