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Topic: Irish Quotes - Sayings about Ireland and the Irish, Irish Blessings, Toasts
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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
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
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