Irish Quotes

I don’t think there’s any point in being Irish if you don’t know that the world is going to break your heart eventually.

God created whiskey to keep the Irish from taking over the world.

The Irish have a certain affinity for death, an interest in talking about it and thinking about it. I mean of course the real Irish, not these big, beefy blonds of no known ethnic origin, but Irish-Americans who still bear the mark of their ancestral pains and habits. They used to say the Irish like […]

To begin with Ireland, the most western part of the continent, the natives are peculiarly remarkable for their gaiety and levity of their disposition ; the English, transplanted there, in time lose their serious melancholy air, and become gay and thoughtless, more fond of pleasure and less addicted to reasoning.

The English should give Ireleand home rule – and reserve the motion picture rights.

Neither an elegy nor a manifesto For the people of my province and the rest of Ireland. Bear in mind these dead: I can find no plainer words. I dare not risk using that loaded word, Remember, for your memory is a cruel web threaded from thorn to thorn across a hedge of dead bramble, […]

Nobody in Ireland writes with good nature about those who differ with them. Our imagination is so active, our vision so penetrating, that we see where the other man’s error will carry him and his nation, so that we boil him in the hottest oil of words we can at once, and we rarely reflect […]

I have long wished that the Irish literature were cultivated. Ireland is known by tradition to have been once the seat of piety and learning; and surely it would be very acceptable to all those who are curious either in the original of nations, or the affinities of languages, to be further informed of the […]

When I say that I am an Irishman I mean that I was born in Ireland, and that my native language is the English of Swift and not the unspeakable jargon of the mid-XIX century London newspapers… England cannot do without its Irish and its Scots today, because it cannot do without at least a […]

The Irish are not in a conspiracy to cheat the world by false representations of the merits of their countrymen. No, Sir; the Irish are a fair people; – they never speak well of one another.